January 25th, 2004


Bill Gates will end spam within 2 years... [g] [n]

...or your money back! Er, I mean, or so he claims.

Mr Gates' plans for anti-spam software include the inclusion of "human challenges" which force the e-mail sender to solve a puzzle or the computer sending the message to do a simple computation. This would be easy for a machine sending a few e-mails, but expensive and difficult when dealing with lots of spam.

The ultimate solution would be to make senders of e-mail pay a fee if their mail was rejected as spam. "Payment at risk", the electronic equivalent of a stamp, would not deter genuine e-mailers who would be confident their mail would be accepted, Mr Gates said.

Oh, that's brilliant. We get to solve puzzles every time we send an email! I predict computer game sales will plunge as avid gamers simply take to emailing themselves when bored. Take that X-box! :P

Article here: http://news.independent.co.uk/digital/news/story.jsp?story=484787
Taken from here: http://blog.fastcompany.com/archives/2004/01/25/the_end_of_spam.html
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And finally, with that, I am done. After 45 hours of gameplay, I finished SW: KOTOR, and I can say without hesitation that it's one of the finest games I've ever played. Obviously, if you're not a gamer, it won't hold much appeal, but if you are, go get it! Seriously, it's good stuff.

And really, what could kick more ass in a computer game then running around, dual-wielding lightsabers, hurling lightning bolts around and sending your enemies flying with a (not at all gay) flick of your wrist? The entire game gives you the freedom to choose to play on the dark side, the light side, or anywhere in between, including different endings and different possible paths depending on your choices. Oh yeah, plus the big thing: it's fun. Lots of fun.

(Fun to the point where I'm debating replaying the game as an evil character to see how it turns out. Hmmm. I very, very rarely replay games. Like, basically never. But this is that good.)
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