Thought for the month

“Nothing in life is to be feared, it is only to be understood. Now is the time to understand more, so that we may fear less.” Maire Curie, Scientist (1867-1934).

Wednesday, 17 November 2010

Expensive Spam

My local supermarket sells Spam (340g) for £1.72, about $2.75. Last month a Canadian Superior Court upheld the decision of a US court (canadian-spammer-1-billion). It fined a certain Mr Adam Guerbuez $100 US in damages and an additional $100 US in punitive damages for each of the spam messages that Facebook said he posted with users in 2008. Unfortunately for Mr Guerbuez the judgement refers to a mere 4,366,386 spam messages. The fines therefore amount to $873,277,200. Mr Guerbuez has filed for bankruptcy. He has also been banned from using Facebook.

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