GMail Keeps 74% Of Email Sent To You Hidden

As GMail has a totally superb spam filtering system I am saved from the astonishing flood of spam reported - 74% of all e-mail in Q2 2008 was spam

Didn't a certain Mr B Gates promise, back in February 2004, that spam would be eradicated:
"Spam is our e-mail customers' No. 1 complaint today, and Microsoft is innovating on many different fronts to eradicate it," Gates said. "We believe that Caller ID for E-Mail and the Coordinated Spam Reduction Initiative will help change the economic model for sending spam and put spammers out of business."
Don't get me wrong, his heart was in the right place and he was totally onto it regarding the problem. Unfortunately the solution hasn't appeared except maybe to have top notch filters that just keep it out of our sight. And once the spammers realise that they are very unlikely to have things appear in my InBox (and yours if you use GMail) then perhaps the reason for sending will go away ... maybe.

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  1. Yes, I think he was referring more to the technology to prevent spam from appearing in your inbox. All of the recent antispam measures, like SenderID, all help the filters to identify the spam. There's no way to eradicate spam completely unless there was a way to charge for each email sent out (like a posage stamp.) But it currently costs next to nothing for spammers to send out millions of emails, and if only a few people out of the millions respond to the spam then it's worthwhile.

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