1994-08-03 - Re: My light bulb goes on… (was:Re: Tuna fish…)

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From: “Perry E. Metzger” <perry@imsi.com>
To: roy@sendai.cybrspc.mn.org (Roy M. Silvernail)
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Raw Date: Wed, 3 Aug 94 05:38:59 PDT

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From: "Perry E. Metzger" <perry@imsi.com>
Date: Wed, 3 Aug 94 05:38:59 PDT
To: roy@sendai.cybrspc.mn.org (Roy M. Silvernail)
Subject: Re: My light bulb goes on... (was:Re: Tuna fish...)
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Roy M. Silvernail says:
> In list.cypherpunks, Tim strikes gold:
> > (Personally, I think the "volunteer" aspect is at fault here: tens of
> > thousands of users use it for "free," while the software can't be
> > rewritten or maintained adequately. Why not a commercial service? And
> > the same arguments apply, as always, for the Cypherpunks model of
> > remailers.)
> Is this not the killer app that would get ecash off and running?  A
> commercial service selling cyberspatial privacy and accepting anonymous
> ecash for the service sounds like a natural!

The problem is not a need for a killer app -- there are dozens. The
obstacle is regulatory problems, and finding a large and reputable
sponsoring organization (like a big bank).