aurizon writes: "I joined this site last year, as a Canadian, and soon became suspicious of it's integrity. I made some comments adverse to the sponsoring company (Noront in this case) and they were soon removed by the moderators. They were rational posts. It was then I realized they were a fraud. I suspect this practice might be widespread in the USA as well as ROW."
aurizon writes: "It seems to me the pool-o-fools grows larger every day, and the script-kiddy virus tool kits, ready to use, also grows. In addition, the number of truly capable virus creators is also growing. The script kids grow out of it in time, but the master programmers that write new virii has to be dealt with by cutting of their food source. That is the money they make from the accounts they control, be it pass-words on bank accounts on just spam sales. That funds their operations. So we need an e-mail secure handshake method that is not crackable an/or fee-mail where you pay a fee to send an e-mail and the recipient has the choice to accept the e-mail and cancel the fee = costs you nothing, cancel the reception of the e-mail and cancel the fee or keep the fee with cancellation.
the fee can be set at what you like. Paris Hilton could choose $10, and I am sure some people would pay it, and if they spam her she gets $10 each = $$. You and I could choose 25 and hand it back and forth at no cost. and you could discourage Chatty Cathy by keeping a few of them. There would need to be a central server, like g-mail, that runs each persons bank, and they can fund it with $1 to start and each one would have a 256 bit, or more, private encryption key and the bank would keep track of this. Each e-mail address would be firstname.lastname@example.org and the bank knows your true address and sends it on with the fee, all encrypted. As you tell all friend about the new system you can tell them your home system will refuse to accept e-mails from your old account in 2010-date, etc. And their first trip to the bank would explain all things.
I have had the above concept in mind for a while now. G-mail is the logical place to take this concept and make it work as part of gmail.
Look at the people that now send paid snail-mail at 40-50 a pop. I could read that all day if that 40-50 went into my bank, and I could set the rate at what I wanted. Advertisers would not spam in the billions at 40-50 a pop, and after a while all e-mail boxes would implement this and as long as it had the proper encryption and was easy to use/built into Chrome/etc it would soon drive the spammers out of business.
The fact that any fee would be returns to the senders bank at my discretion means my friend to friend and business e-mails would not be hindered, in fact, business would love it, they would soon screen out the people who do not want it. Mailing lists would need an auto refund built into your system at the bank where you would maintain a list of auto refunds people, which can also include your friends. This would also work with SMS and could be used to kill off SMS ads etc"
aurizon writes: I have looked at the bricks and mortar model, and when I analyze it, I see that the author get about 5% of the wholesale price. Some might get a higher rate if they are popular and sell millions of copies. As an example, a $20.00 book is wholesaled at $10 and the writer gets, say 5% or 50 cents of that. The rest of the money goes to paper, freight, sorting, remainders etc, and the publisher might make 5-10% or 50 cents to $1. I say trash the paper model totally, and give the author $1 and the publisher 50 cents. A payment fee for a website with Visa/MC/Paypal/etc of 50 cents makes the buyer's cost $2.-$2.50 This gives the author half the royalty, and the publisher the other half and the sale site 50 cents
I feel this would reduce piracy and encourage sales. sadly, the first e-books sales seem to cling to the classical retail, yet still give the writer 5-10% or so, and then give the publisher a huge 90-95%
In fact, I go further, who needs publishers AT ALL. They used to control the gateway, not any more. the authors can easily get online copy editors to read and correct their work, and most now create ACSII text = easy for e-books
aurizon writes: "I see this aspect of China as a chilling prelude to how they will act when they are a superpower.
We know they have almost no respect for life, human or animal.
I was greatly saddened at seeing the cage completely full of innocent cats with such a bewildered look on their faces.
Wild feral cats would be screaming. These house pets go quietly to a death by starvation in a cage.
Think twice before you buy any Chinese good, watch any Chinese Olympics. Do what you can to spread this foul word in the hopes that it will change what they do(faint hope), but I hope that thousands of people will cancel their airline tickets and even more will turn off the games.
In addition, are cats the only victim? Dogs, birds...??? what others?"