On Thu, Nov 04, 2004 at 03:01:15PM -0800, "Hal Finney" wrote: > Another idea along these lines is gradual payment for gradual release > of the goods. You pay 10% of the amount and they give you 10% of the > source code. You pay another 10% and you get the next 10% of the source, > and so on. (Or it could be nonlinear; maybe they give out half the code > for free, but the final 10% requires a large payment.) The idea is that > you can sample and make sure they do appear to have the real thing with > a fairly small investment. > > If there is some mechanism for the seller to have a reputation (like > Advogato's perhaps, with some spoofing immunity) then the problem is > easier; the seller won't want to screw buyers because it hurts his rep. > In that case it may be reasonable to ask the buyer to pay in advance, > perhaps using the partial payment system just discussed.
The mojonation file sharing system had an implementation like this originally... -- Taral <[EMAIL PROTECTED]> This message is digitally signed. Please PGP encrypt mail to me. A: Because it fouls the order in which people normally read text. Q: Why is top-posting such a bad thing? A: Top-posting. Q: What is the most annoying thing on usenet and in e-mail?
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