As you might expect, news has been a tad slow this week. Slow enough, apparently, that the fact that the CAN SPAM law has done nothing to stop spam is regarded as news. It's been pretty clear from the outset that CAN SPAM was useless by every measure, except for giving politicians the ability to act like they'd done something. The fundamental problem with the law remains: all it does is legalize some spam, rather than actually doing anything to stop the torrent of unsolicited messages plaguing email users. It seems fairly clear that this isn't a problem that the government can actually handle. But politicians' meddling has just made the problem a bit worse by legitimizing plenty of spam. Of course, political grandstanding at the expense of simple things like progress -- that's not news, either.
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