Dankzij Bill Gates zijn we met ingang van volgend jaar definief van spam verlost: Microsoft hangt vanaf die datum een prijskaartje aan elke verzonden commerciële e-mail.
Dat is althans wat Bill ons op 24 januari 2004 beloofde:
“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 Ros.
“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.