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Two weeks ago, Apple and AT&T outlets opened their doors to massive lines of fans eager to buy the new iPhone 3G. The stores were stocked and ready to sell, but the network -- shouldered with the burden of activating so many new phones -- was quickly overwhelmed, and the process slowed to a crawl. Is this sort of pile-on some sort of preview of what hides around the corner with the surge of video downloads on the Internet at large? Is the Web's infrastructure inching toward collapse?
Short term, the solution is to eliminate spam at the source. Since this is already being done at the recipient ISP level and the spam that survives still must undergo inspection at the client level it should be trivial to nip the in- and out-bound spam source at it's bud. It will cut out an enormous amount of wasted bandwidth, well as over 90% of emails and web sites by some estimates.
What ISPs need to realize is that the spammers that they host are part of a larger problem that accounts for the huge traffic volume that taxpayer supported ISPs must deliver to their clients or process in some other manner.
E-Mailing restrictions should be simple to implement,the tools already exist, but email is typically equipped to provide the live data collection nodes that are needed for fast, loosely verified communication..
One thing that we desperately need is mutual trust for mutual benefit. The few remaining outliers could be branded as rogue sources and universally blacklisted until they can demonstrate that they are operating for the greater good of the internet community.
Just some Random Thoughts and I know that what I described is only a short term solution but it may give us enough time to develop great new stuff that is not yet commercial and in many cases still in the lab.
So blast away all you Cons, NeoCons, Conservatives, Democrats or Progressives. Take me apart if you can, I'll put myself back together better and stronger.