[Asrg] The Real Problem (was: An Anti-Spam Heuristic)

Andrew Sullivan <ajs@anvilwalrusden.com> Thu, 13 December 2012 09:18 UTC

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On Thu, Dec 13, 2012 at 05:43:58AM -0000, John Levine wrote:
> There have been a lot of proposals to "replace SMTP", but none have
> come anywhere near close to demonstrating sufficient utility to
> motivate people to bear the enormous switching costs from the existing
> deployed system.

Just because this hasn't be stated explictly enough this week outside
of Dubai, let me say the problem is that the underlying lookup
mechanism isn't robust enough.  If we only knew who it was doing the
lookups, we could use the existing legal systems to solve these
issues.  Therefore, all we need to is replace DNS; SMTP can stay where
it is in the stack.

HTH,

A

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Andrew Sullivan
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