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On Pay-Per-Mail

Spam: Lee Maguire on pay-per-mail schemes. A great read — recommended to anyone who has given thought to this system.

It’s usually the fear of the odd overlooked gem that has rendered anti-spam techniques impotent. A salutation from a long lost friend with the subject ‘Hi’, an important business mail sent out-of-hours from the kid’s computer, that domain renewal reminder. Most people would apply no charge on the things they want to read, and a bajillion dollars on spam. And if there’s mail you don’t want to read but have to? Chances are you’re being paid to read them already – get back to work.

SoCal: an amazing satellite picture of the wild fires, courtesy of NASA’s Earth Observatory.

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