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bloodrayne
07-13-2005, 03:26 AM
Death Penalty For Computer Hackers

Rochester, New york - Professor Landsburg, an economist at the University of Rochester, has calculated the relative value to society of executing murderers and hackers.

By using studies estimating the deterrent value of capital punishment, he figures that executing one murderer yields at most $100 million in social benefits. The benefits of executing a hacker would be greater, he argues, because the social costs of hacking are estimated to be so much higher: $50 billion per year.

Deterring a mere one-fifth of 1 percent of those crimes - one in 500 hackers - would save society $100 million. And Professor Landsburg believes that a lot more than one in 500 hackers would be deterred by the sight of a colleague on death row.

bwind22
07-13-2005, 04:37 AM
Originally posted by bloodrayne
Death Penalty For Computer Hackers

Rochester, New york - Professor Landsburg, an economist at the University of Rochester, has calculated the relative value to society of executing murderers and hackers.

By using studies estimating the deterrent value of capital punishment, he figures that executing one murderer yields at most $100 million in social benefits. The benefits of executing a hacker would be greater, he argues, because the social costs of hacking are estimated to be so much higher: $50 billion per year.

Deterring a mere one-fifth of 1 percent of those crimes - one in 500 hackers - would save society $100 million. And Professor Landsburg believes that a lot more than one in 500 hackers would be deterred by the sight of a colleague on death row.

I guess you can't fault that logic. Fry 'em!