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Email is many things. It is a reasonably reliable, quick, and easy to
learn method to communicate.
Email is also NOT many things:
- resistent to forgery -- it is trivial to forge an email.
Witness the spam/UCE problem, and this becomes clear.
- guaranteed delivery -- this is a hard one to accept -- it works
so well and so fact MOST of the time, that it is easy
to be lulled into thinking this is required. It is not --
it is "best efforts only".
- guaranteed order -- this too is a hard one to accept -- it works
so fast that MOST of the time items appear in cronological
order. The email transfer system has retries and delays
and checks and return mechanisms which can greatly
impact sequence of delivery.
- guaranteed to be read -- the spam/UCE problem is so severe that
it is not unusual for fully a third of a persons email to be
trash. In sorting through that mass, with automated tools
or manually, it is easy to miss a piece.
Disclaimers we know and love
"NOTE: EMAIL IS NOT NECESSARILY SECURE"
NOTICE: This communication may contain privileged or other confidential
information. If you are not the intended recipient or believe that you may
have received this communication in error, please reply to the sender
indicating that fact and delete the copy you have received. In addition,
you should not print, copy, retransmit, disseminate or otherwise use the
See also: spam
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