Mark Rasch thinks we should use the PATRIOT Act to stop pop-up ads:
So the pop-up ad “infects” my computer without my consent, causes it to do something I don’t want it to do, and that causes me to waste my time either closing the windows, rebooting the machine, or in many cases, simply slowing down my computer. If you aggregate the millions of pop-ups and the millions of users, a productivity loss of more that $5,000 is easy.
To me, this seems like overkill. There is a simple technical solution (implemented in Mozilla).