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Action Is Still Needed
The Can-Spam law both legitimizes spam and undermines more stringent state laws ("It's Time To Take Spam Fight To The Bad Guys"). While I applaud the passage of thoughtful legislation, this isn't it, and action is still required. The federal law's requirement that recipients "opt out" of receiving unwanted E-mail is laughable. It violates the most basic tenet of spam- fighting-not letting the sender know they've got a live address.
Brian Peabody
President, Castle Creative Services, Roswell, Ga.



Spam Barrier
This has been suggested by others, but I think it would work: A charge as little as a 1/4-cent per E-mail would provide a barrier to spamming because it would put a toll in place for what is now a freeway. None of us would mind that small charge.
Jeff Boyce
Director of New Technology, NRG Productions, Las Vegas



Legal Connection
Stop and think about the spam laws. What's the most common occupation of politicians before going into politics? Law. What will they most likely be when they're no longer in politics? Lawyers. Who stands to profit the most from ill-defined spam laws? Lawyers. Do I see a pattern here?
Ed Tietz
Plano, Texas



Corrections

  • The Defense Department says it still expects all its 43,000 suppliers to implement RFID by January 2005 ("Defense Department Scales Down RFID Plan").
  • In "Roy Dunbar: Chief Of The Year", Alph Bingham's first name was misspelled.

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