Possibly stupid question, but why not stop e-mail spam in the same way we do IMs?
I don't see how I could ever get spam-messages from, e.g. an xmpp account. Worst-case scenario is that I get a bunch of 'subscription' requests, and I can only add friends when I trawl through the requests, or if I know they're adding a request at the time, then look out for that request.
Emails seem to let everything in, with a reliance on the admin to sort this out. Why not do the same thing?
Specifically, I'm thinking of writing a script:
1. If this person's in my contact-list, they're cool.
2. If they're on the shit-list, they're deleted.
3. If not, they get into the 'waiting room'.
... then set up a shortcut to put someone on the shit-list. So there's no more 'you've got mail' notifications from random spammers, and I can review it once a week or so to pull the good-guys out.
Seems like a good idea, but then I wondered, why hasn't this been done before? If the script works, it seems like someone could do the same thing with a GUI.
Love, Death and Robots just ended with a little NFT QR code, and before that I saw a message for Ukraine-war NFTs. I don't know what that last bit even means, and I'm so fed up of this bullshit.
The plan's to make a protocol for a replacement, just to demonstrate how stupid the entire thing is.
Here are NFTs stated goals:
- show ownership of art, verified on a blockchain.
- allow transferance of ownership
Here's why NFTs are bullshit:
- you don't need to gind CPUs to have a blockchain.
- URLs verify an image
- none of this shows ownership.
# The New Protocol
- Stick image sha256sums in a git repo, verified by gpg keys (now we have a blockchain).
- Allow a few people to verify image ownerships, gpg keys (verify other people's stuff if you like, so it's a standard ring-of-trust situation).
- Don't bother with proof-of-work. Just let the shasum rest.
- Only merge images into the main branch if there's a requested sale (otherwise it gets full of crap).
- Display ownership with exifdata.
Here's the [repo](https://gitlab.com/andonome/artblocks), just as an example.
- Does this cover 100% of what NFTs were supposed to cover?
- Is there an even simpler way of doing this?
- Can I add stuff with git-lfs without also downloading it (so the repo remains small, even with 10,000 images)?
Just to reiterate - this is a solution to a problem nobody has. It's not a real suggestion, just a proof of concept to show that art-transferance could be handled better with some gaffatape and a git.