Yes, I know I can set up spam filters, anti-virus software, system patches, etc. They aren't 100% foolproof.
I have not been infected by Sasser. I patch my system and update my virus definitions regularly. I was protected. Several of my co-workers weren't.
But I get plagued by hundreds of spam e-mails daily. And I currently have some spyware on my system that neither Ad-Aware or SpyBot can detect.
I hate the fact that I waste so much of my computer time each day deleting spam, scanning my system, blocking pop-ups, taking prophylactic measure against worms and other viruses.
I don't give a shit about someone's supposed right to advertise. I have a right to privacy. And I consider every spam, virus, and spyware an invasion of my privacy.
The government needs to step up to the plate and pass legislation that will hit these attackers hard. I'm talking jail time and steep, punitive fines, no negligible pansy-assed slaps on the wrist. Otherwise, I don't see how the internet will ever be manageable.