Block That Spam

By Dennis Callaghan  |  Posted 2004-02-27 Print this article Print

The famous Harvard dropout got his best laugh lines while talking about spam. He showed spam messages he had received in his Microsoft inbox, advertising debt reduction and legal assistance services as well as mail-order college degrees. "For me, spam is this awful thing, but its also something that makes you step back and laugh," said Gates.
Gates spoke more seriously though of Microsoft initiatives to block spam, such as improving SMTP authentication, requiring more computing power to send mass e-mailings, and requiring a "proof" of sender authenticity if a message is suspected of being spam.
"No one wants to give up e-mail," said Gates. "We want it to get better." Read "Bill Gates Solution to the Spam Problem: Make Spammers Pay." Gates claimed Microsofts $6.8 billion research and development budget is the largest in the industry and promised advances in security, artificial intelligence, speech recognition and biotechnology. And he spoke of the need for computer science education and Microsofts commitment to such education around the world. "Im more excited about computer science than ever," said Gates. "And Im very excited about what some of you here can do to take that to the next level." In a question and answer session with students, Gates was asked to explain .Net. He described the Microsoft technology as embedding XML and Web services into the Windows platform to improve application integration. He said Microsoft was about 60 percent done with standardizing all of its applications on .Net. Next page: Career advice for 19-year-olds.


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