That looks like it would be pretty neat, Tah! Ruby’s favorite game currently is Legend of Zelda: The Windwaker. We need to find her another copy of it, but the ones that we’ve found so far are around $70.
Ugh.. nothing like coming in and finding the spammers have been busy.. Yay for cheap knockoff counterfeit products!
In my version of the internet, sending an email, or joining or posting to a forum requires a small micro-transaction - perhaps one-tenth of a cent. Easily paid for, even by the most destitute. Those with legitimate needs for sending out five thousand emails regularly (say, a company bulletin) could handle it within an intranet system to avoid fees. The trick being, that this would make wholesale spamming a monstrously unprofitable venture, and further give administrators another tool to block spammers by credit card.
Yeah, microtransactions do tend to clutter up the statements, don’t they..? Still, perhaps they could be consolidated - send all the info to a central repository. Something like PayPal, where they keep all the microtransactions in a nice list, then at the start of every month, they bill you a nickel or so. You could even pay in advance: one dollar would be enough for a year’s posting for most folks.
Another advantage would be that folks whose computers have been compromised as part of a botnet would have evidence of it, and have financial reason to put a stop to it.
Oooh… that raises another useful aspect: By making it financial, even on a minor scale, botnetting scammers can be charged for much more serious crimes. I LIKE the idea of some of these spammers having to spend jail time.