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[Computational Complexity] Spam Assassin

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  • GASARCH
    In Russia a notorious spammer was assassinated Is this a crime? Should it be? Consider the contrast: - Killing one person. How many people suffer and how much?
    Message 1 of 1 , Oct 12, 2007
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      In Russia a notorious spammer was assassinated

      Is this a crime? Should it be? Consider the contrast:
      1. Killing one person. How many people suffer and how much? The victim of course. Maybe his family and friends. But not that many people. So this is High Impact on a Few People.
      2. Spamming 100,000,000 people. How many people suffer and how much? Far more than 100,000,000 suffer. Why so many? The following suffer:
        1. Software is more expensive because you need to put in spamassassin's.
        2. People who send legit email that is blocked. This has caused confusion not worthy of a bad sitcom.
        3. The people who fall for these spam-scams.
        4. The Nigerian billionaires who really do want to give me $5,800,000 dollars. Its hard to tell the real ones from the fake ones.
      So, how to measure the cost-benefit of killing this spammer?

      { s1, s2, ..., sn } is the people that suffer by the spammers death. Person si suffers ai.

      { t1, t2, ..., tN } is the people that suffer by the spammers action. Person ti suffers bi.

      Its safe to assume that n is MUCH LESS THAN N and that bi is MUCH LESS THAN ai.If

      a1s1 + a2s2 + a3s3 + ... + ansn < b1t1 + b2t2 + b3t3 + ... + bNtN


      then the spam assassin should not be charged with a crime.

      The more serious question here is how to deal with spammers who transcend boundaries and seem outside of the law. The Russians may be onto a solution...

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      Posted By GASARCH to Computational Complexity at 10/12/2007 03:13:00 PM
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