The FTC has at long last decided to launch a crackdown on spam. Specifically, they have gone after some of the purveyors of the "get rich quick," pyramid marketing schemes, including 7 chain letter ring spammers. As much as this is welcome, the settlement seems pretty ineffectual. For example, the spammers "agreed to refrain from participating in deceptive schemes in the future, or lying about the legality or potential earnings from any such schemes." Uhm, you've got to be kidding me. I think a good flogging is in order.