Around here, landlords also charge an "application fee" of $40 or so to cover the cost of making those checks (or, in some cases, just to pocket the extra money), nonrefundable and no guarantee that they'll rent to you. How much would you be willing to spend to apply (no guarantee of acceptance) to register "telecom-digest.com"?[TELECOM Digest Editor's Note: As I have always said, if you can't win points any other way, then always get personal about it, and that _should_ work. It won't in this case however, since (a) I _already_ have and have it aliased to its ".org" version instead. Same with . Try them and see where it gets you. I prefer to use, and only publish the '.org' version of my name space, and (b) if I thought for forty dollars and no guarentees I could buy my way out of the horrible spam infestation I deal with each day, I'd be glad to do it. It always amazes me how people feel by 'getting personal' -- that is, taking the real life circumstances of the person speaking, they can 'prove' the person is being hypocritical by not wanting what he suggests for others should apply to himself. In other words, 'they' should be subject to regulation X and fee-plan Y and rule Z, but oh, wouldn't 'I' feel just awful if those same rules and regulations and fees, etc applied to me. If regulations and rules were such that it was impossible to comply with and continue to publish Telecom Digest, then I would regretfully close it down. (and I have come >thisclose< to doing just that in the past mainly on account of how trashy the entire net has become in recent years, so I doubt there would be _that much_ regret in the long term.
I have enough of an 'anarchist spirit' in me that I _would_ regret very strongly any efforts to reform the net _to the fullest extent_ possible, but I can see that happening sometime sooner or later, probably sooner, when the government (and after all, who is more likely) gets a belly-full of the nonsense and decides a _total crackdown_ is called for. Like many others, that would totally shock me, but if you are intellectually honest with yourself and others, you could not say it was unexpected or uncalled for. So many netizens have not only _refused_ to submit to any form of voluntary clean up efforts; always providing much obtusification in 25-30 K 'replies' to messages from those who ask -- beg -- for some relief; gladly explaining over and over why (plan X) will not work. You make up plan X however you like: many of the long term netters will insist it will not work, but like ICANN and Vint Cert, I honestly do not think many of them want it to work. After all, if we can get the private little club we used to have here by using the spammers/scammers as tools to drive away the others, why not do it? Let the spam/scam people do thier thing, we can sit here and use 25-30 K 'replies' to obtusificate as needed. PAT]