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icon Gates: "Spam To Be Canned By 2006" <- 200406.12.2005. u 10:13 - pre 180 meseci
http://www.cbsnews.com/stories/2004/01/24/tech/main595595.shtml

Gates: Spam To Be Canned By 2006

(AP) A spam-free world by 2006? That's what Microsoft Corp. chairman Bill Gates is promising.

"Two years from now, spam will be solved," he told a select group of World Economic Forum participants at this Alpine ski resort. "And a lot of progress this year," he added at the event late Friday, hosted by U.S. talk show host Charlie Rose.

Gates said Microsoft, where he has the title of chief software designer, is working on a solution based on the concept of "proof," or identifying the sender of the e-mail.

One method involves a human challenge, or requiring the sender of an electronic pitch to solve a puzzle that only a flesh-and-blood person can handle. Another is a so-called "computational puzzle" that a computer sending only a few messages could easily handle, but that would be prohibitively expensive for a mass-mailer.

But the most promising, Gates said, was a method that would hit the sender of an e-mail in the pocketbook.

People would set a level of monetary risk - low or high, depending on their choice - for receiving e-mail from strangers. If the e-mail turns out to be from a long-lost relative, for example, the recipient would charge nothing. But if it is unwanted spam, the sender would have to fork over the cash.

"In the long run, the monetary (method) will be dominant," Gates predicted.

He conceded, however, that his prognostications have not always been on the mark. Notable misjudgments include the rising popularity of open-source software, epitomized by Linux, and the success of the Google search engine.

"They kicked our butts," he said, while promising a better next-generation Internet search engine from Microsoft, due as early as next year.

At the forum itself, Gates announced a partnership with the United Nations to bring computer technology and literacy to developing countries.

Drawing on a $1 billion Microsoft fund, the U.S. software giant will work with the U.N. Development Program to provide software, computer training and cash to establish computer centers in poor communities, starting with pilot projects in Egypt, Mozambique and Morocco.

Gates told a news conference the centers would not have to use only Microsoft products.

Egypt's minister of communication and information technology, Ahmed Mahmoud Nazif, welcomed the help, noting that about 500 to 600 centers have already been set up in Egypt.

Gates told the smaller group he thought Microsoft's team of software engineers was outrunning the hackers that have caused havoc by unleashing increasingly destructive viruses to attack networked computers. But he said it was tough to stay ahead. "If only the bad guys would just do the same stuff they did last year," he moaned.

While the Windows desktop operating system has become a "very powerful standard," he said Microsoft was more open today about its source code to allow other companies to develop competing products. That was partly due, he said, to the rise of Linux and antitrust actions in the United States and Europe.

Gates said he had not met with European Union antitrust commissioner Mario Monti, who is also attending the forum in Davos, but would be willing to if it would help settle the long-running EU antitrust case against Microsoft.

EU regulators charge that Microsoft's decision to tie its Media Player into Windows, which runs about 90 percent of desktop computers, "weakens competition on the merits, stifles product innovation and ultimately reduces consumer choice."

They are threatening fines that could reach up to $3 billion, as well as a far-reaching order for Microsoft to strip the multimedia application from Windows to give rivals such as RealNetworks' RealPlayer or Apple's Quicktime more of a chance.

"We're doing what we can to come to some amicable settlement," Gates said.

After three days of hearings last November, the European Commission is expected to issue its decision early this year.


Di smo sad? Spam se ne stišava, a evo 2006. godina nam je pred nosom. Bill je podcjenio spam, spammere te cijelu popratnu "industriju", no nije jedini, mnogi drugi su slično mislili. Grdno su se prevarili.
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icon Re: Gates: "Spam To Be Canned By 2006" <- 200407.12.2005. u 10:48 - pre 180 meseci
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But the most promising, Gates said, was a method that would hit the sender of an e-mail in the pocketbook.

People would set a level of monetary risk - low or high, depending on their choice - for receiving e-mail from strangers. If the e-mail turns out to be from a long-lost relative, for example, the recipient would charge nothing. But if it is unwanted spam, the sender would have to fork over the cash.

"In the long run, the monetary (method) will be dominant," Gates predicted.


Ovo ko da je Stallman pisao 'lebac da nemam Ja tebi e-mail, a ti mi naplatis zato sto tako kapne neka para, je li? Gates je prolupao nacisto!
 
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icon Re: Gates: "Spam To Be Canned By 2006" <- 200407.12.2005. u 20:07 - pre 180 meseci
Nekako njegovim prognozama nevjerujem više, dakle, spam je podcjenjen - mislim da je to jedan od razloga, zašto se nisu napravili veći pomaci u borbi protiv te pošasti.
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icon Re: Gates: "Spam To Be Canned By 2006" <- 200407.12.2005. u 21:04 - pre 180 meseci
http://news.zdnet.co.uk/0,39020330,39240579,00.htm

Sophos: Gates will be proved wrong about spam

Bill Gates' 2004 prediction that spam would be eradicated by 2006 is very unlikely to be fulfilled, Sophos has warned


Bill Gates' prediction of January 2004 that spam would be "a thing of the past" within two years has virtually no chance of coming true, according to security company Sophos this week.

Sophos warned on Tuesday that spam will continue to be a major problem in 2006.

"Sophos believes that the rumours of spam's death have been greatly exaggerated. The threat remains alive and kicking despite the increased action against spammers and constantly improving anti-spam software," Sophos said in its annual Security Threat Management report.

"There's no end in sight for spam," Sophos said.
Spam emails were a serious problem in 2005, with 'pump-and-dump' stock spam increasing the most.

"Pump-and-dump stock scams are one of the real growth areas. Bad guys buy a lot of penny stocks in a company, then spam out good news about it — perhaps that the company have developed some kind of wonder drug. Day traders think this sounds plausible, and begin to buy shares. When the share price begins to go up, the spammers sell their stock as quickly as possible," said Graham Cluley, senior technology consultant at Sophos.

By November 2005, 13.5 percent of all spam received by Sophos was stock-related, a jump of 12.7 percentage points from 0.8 percent at the start of the year.
"It's a very effective way of making money," Cluley added.

Spam pushing medical products was the most popular in 2005, and made up about 40 percent of all spam during 2005. Pornographic spam retained its position as the second-most common type of junk email.

Gates told the World Economic Forum in January 2004 that Microsoft was pursuing a range of methods of fighting spam. This included better email filters, and simple puzzles that would have to be solved before an email could be sent.

However, experts were casting doubt on Gates' assertion back in 2004. A survey of IT security professionals conducted at the Infosecurity show in London in April 2004 revealed that more than 80 percent of people did not think that Bill Gates' pledge to eliminate spam within two years was realistic.


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