Please Bill, No More Predictions

A few days ago a colleague brought to our attention a prediction Bill Gates made three years ago: the spam problem “will be solved by 2006.” Today we read (NY Times article; free log-in may be required) that worldwide spam volumes have doubled from last year. A spam-filtering company reports that junk e-mail now accounts for more than 90 percent of all e-mail messages sent over the Internet. Let’s hope Bill Gates hasn’t made any predictions about curing security breaches, and that Gordon Moore hasn’t said anything about spam….