Thought for the month
“The great tragedy of science - the slaying of a beautiful hypothesis by an ugly fact.”
Thomas Huxley, Scientist (1825-95).
Wednesday, 17 November 2010
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.