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03/07/2004 Archived Entry: ""
From McBlog's unofficial co-blogger Gordon P..."Bill Gates' latest "solution" to the SPAM problem: Force people to 'buy' an e-mail stamp' by requiring them to solve a 10-second math problem before they can send each e-mail. (The facts that, 1.) Despite Gates' efforts to the contrary, there is no monopoly on mail-transport programs and no borders to the internet, and therefore no practical way for some central agency to impose such a `solution' on all users by force, and also that 2.) SPAM-engine authors have already learned how to forge e-mail headers, and could probably also figure out learn how forge such e-mail "stamps" both appear to be lost on Gates...)