Hang ’em high

May 31st, 2007

I’d be willing to supply the rope:

NEW YORK – Junk e-mail continued to land in mailboxes around the world Thursday, despite the arrest a day earlier of a man described as one of the world’s most prolific spammers.

Even if Robert Alan Soloway is ultimately convicted and his operations shuttered, spam experts say dozens are in line to fill the void.

“In the short term, the effect it’s going to have is more symbolic more than anything else,” said John Levine, co-author of “Fighting Spam for Dummies.” “Soloway is a large spammer, but hardly the only large spammer.

So? As the great HL Mencken once said, “Hanging one scoundrel, it appears, does not deter the next. Well, what of it? The first one is at least disposed of.”

I’m hyperbolizing about hanging this piece of dung, but only slightly. Anybody who’s ever had to admin a message board (T-man, I’m lookin’ at you, buddy) knows exactly what I’m talking about. The portion of my workday spent dealing with the depradations of these rectal polyps would probably amaze you. A nice, long prison term for this particular phlegmball, replete with all the usual appalling features of cellblock life, would sit very well indeed with me.

Now, go arrest more of them, somebody.

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  1. May 31st, 2007 at 20:39 | #1

    Soloway is a large spammer, but hardly the only large spammer.

    We'll never win the war on spam, I mean, murder!

    *sob* *whine*

  2. SDN
    June 1st, 2007 at 07:28 | #2
    I still like Jerry Pournelle's idea, of bringing back gladatorial games where spammers are eaten by lions. Or used by alien brood wasps as places to lay eggs. Or something.
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