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Every day after mail comes in and is
distributed to the post office boxes, take
still photographs of all of them.
In addition to the physical key, each
subscriber gets a virtual key that allows
him or her to access the current still
image of their p.o.box on the web.
They no longer need to
they have mail physically; they can simply
check over the web.
(Contrary to [donthink]'s annotation, this
can be made secure, in fact more easily
so than the physical post office box that
will always remain vulnerable to social
Another, similar service: automatically
send email when a physical message
arrives in an empty box.
How about a protocol (or even a rule of law) that restricts mailers of junk to use a watermark paper that's activated by a USPS scanner. If not opened, addressee will be overprinted with [REJECTED] and can be returned via USPS to the sender "postage due"? Then all you'd get would be a 'second notice' page with a picture of the envelope. [reensure, Nov 25 1999]
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||"You've got mail!" Don't get me started. This would allow for "sneaky" types to access your account and see if and how you have mail. For those who use P.O. boxes for buisnesses, this could spell disastor.
||why have a webcam? you could have a pressure plate or some other mechanism hooked up to a server running a program that would send you an email when you have physical mail.
||That's what I meant with the last paragraph.
||Yep if we could spell disaster......
||Very punny. Yes, I do mean punny.
||I'll get you for this..... It is unwise to upset the likes of me. lol :-)
||A good idea; the Post Office would never go for it, but a private company like Mailboxes Etc might.