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I go to Johns Hopkins University and they have a pretty effective way of dealing with the whole spam situation. Firstly, users can opt-in to the spam filtering system, which means that each user knows if they should expect emails to randomly disappear. Now, if they do opt-in, all "spam" is sent to an isolated quarantine inbox (as one might expect) by analyzing TO:, FROM:, Subject:, etc fields. The interesting part (which I think would solve your problem), is that if a user's spam inbox contains any messages, the spam daemon will send the user a digest email, containing a brief description about how it caught __ number of emails, etc. and will provide the subject headings for each email, along with a link to see the entire message. The user can then specify how often he/she wants these digests, which essentially guarantees that in a given period, the user will only have to consider spam emails once. Finally, the spam daemon automatically kills any emails left in the box after a certain amount of time. This also has an added security benefit: emails classified as spam are never sent to the user (unless they explicitly request it), which means that if the message were to contain malicious attachments, unwanted images, etc, they are not at risk. Anyway, just might be something you want to think about.

Submission + - Pandora Access to be Blocked from Canada

PoprocksCk writes: "Pandora, the popular streaming Internet Radio service, will no longer be available to Canadians starting May 16th, due to copyright issues. They state, in an email that was sent to all Canadian listeners, "We began blocking access from almost all countries outside the U.S. last week and had originally hoped to maintain access to Canada. However, it has become clear in the last week that we just haven't been able to make enough progress to continue streaming."

The underlying issue is that in the U.S. there is a federal statute that provides this license for all the music streamed on Pandora, but there is no equivalent license outside the U.S.

Soon-to-be-former Canadian Pandora listeners may want to check out the Pandora blog for updates and for more information as it comes."

Submission + - Vista Express Upgrade moving at snail's pace

Chester Freeze writes: During the holiday season, many shoppers bought PCs with the promise of quick, free Vista upgrades. The reality has been something else entirely: many Dell and HP customers are being told that they won't receive their copies of Vista before April. 'One source at a major OEM who spoke on condition of anonymity said that the real issue is that OEMs are still not sure which PCs are really ready to support Vista, and which PCs aren't... Customers who qualify for an Express Upgrade also qualify for OEM support for Windows Vista, even if their machines came with Windows XP. The last thing a Dell, Gateway, or HP wants to do is start sending out upgrades to customers who might have video cards that do not have particularly stable drivers yet (or sound cards, or RAID controllers, etc.). This could be a support disaster.'

Submission + - How do you learn new languages?

An anonymous reader writes: How do you go about learning a new (programming) language? Do you buy a book? Use online tutorials? Message boards? Take a class?

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