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The U.S. Congress is filling up with laws designed to fight spam, and the jail holding mobster Vincent "The Chin" Gigante, who's serving a 12-year sentence for racketeering in New York, soon could be filling up with spammers. In fact, there are so many anti-spam acts flying around Washington that some groups and individuals are cautioning the bills could have unintended and unfortunate consequences, including blocking political speech while letting legitimate commercial establishments effectively spam with impunity.
The biggest problem with SPAM is they eat up the bandwidth, causing the rest of us to have to pay much higher prices for broadband. The same is true of those POP-UP adds, which also eat up your computer disk space. What gives anyone the right to launch a program on my computer? THAT IS HACKING! Don't we put kids who launch programs on our computer--like virus--in jail? I have a modem and simply have to turn it off some times to stop the POP-UPS. I never go back to one of those sites.
This BS about free advertising has to stop. At least with my regular snail mail they have to print the garbage and pay postage. So I think we need some charges for both these situations.
Because of this Microsoft servers don't have profiling, you can block the stuff. I own my hard drive and computer. I do the work on this machine when I surf the net. Why should anyone have the right to use MY TOOLS and resources for their profit? What this is akin to is absolute theft. It's like having the postal junk mail person demanding to use your printer and ink for their advertising. They are the ones who should be lobbying DC--Albertson, Safeway and Wal-Mart... There is no real difference. Yes, throw them in jail. I say get the CEO at Wal-Mart in on this! :-) By the way, boys, Wal-Mart's success was due to a woman. What we need is a woman like Jeanne Jackson again. Too bad she stepped down.
Recently, my AT&T was bought by Comcast. I thought good, I'm going to have a new IP address and who ever is passing my e-mail address of will no longer know what it is. I was informed by Comcast that all my e-mail will be forwarded as if this was a feature. I asked what if I canceled the account and reopened a new one. I have to pay all over again. Seems to me that Comcast, whose home page looks like a SPAM and Microsoft who has a $1 billion stake in it are really supporting this junk mail. That is why I'm considering moving to another local provider with a Unix or Linux server. AND my next computer is going to run Linux for the same reason. I bet if Americans knew that the biggest advantage to Linux was the ability to block as much as 95% of this stuff and to change your account on the fly, they would be going with Lindows too. When HP refused to provide drivers for my USB port and audio for Linux I decided I wouldn't be going back to them either.
Ghost Riders In The Sky... :-) That is my theme song for Microsoft's Longhorn project. You know a dead cow song. I remember locally when Microsoft first got involved in the Internet. The first question they had for the consultant was how they could forge e-mail. Perhaps someone should do an interview with Jeff Raikes. :-) He has just a little bit to do with that Marketing group.... Gates didn't want to get into the Internet... but Allchin has a PH.D.... We should interview him too... Ph.D. Piled Higher and Deeper?
Come on Billy. Quit and let's do my Venus project. We can use Linux! The nerds will love you and the apps will fly like those cows up in the sky.