A Penny For Your Spam
What if you could charge a spammer per message sent? That's the goal of MSR's Penny Black.If you have a Hotmail account, you know spam. Intimately. But if Microsoft Research has its way, help may be on the way. I ended up dumping my Hotmail account about a year ago, after losing the spam battle. I was deluged with more than 100 spams a day, and the filters Microsoft offered to help control spam didnt do a thing. All I know is since I signed up for a free Yahoo mail account last summer, I have yet to receive a single spam message (knock on my plastic keyboard). Microsoft knows all too well that Hotmail is a spam cesspool. The company reportedly has plans to try yet again to tackle spam with new filtering technologies in MSN, Outlook, Exchange and other products.
But in the longer term, Microsoft is dabbling with another way to help curtail spam: make the spammers pay. In cash, in compute cycles, in memory cycles somehow, some way.