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Websense users were temporarily blocked from enjoying the launch of Microsoft's Bing search engine on Monday. Similarities between the Bing domain and that used by a Microsoft IM app - rather than the ready availability of porn through the new search decision engine - were behind the temporary roadblock. Bada Bing block …


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  1. Anonymous Coward
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    Nice but...'s Tim M not Tim H :-)

  2. N

    Makes sense

    To block anything from Microsoft

  3. Colin MacLean

    Internets r00l

    I'm liking the video preview feature. It allowed me to watch the Bruno-Eminem get-together while at work!

  4. Patrick

    content encoding error doesn't work through our company's proxy when using Firefox.

    The search page shows okay, but for the results page we just get "Content Encoding Error".

  5. Chris Adams

    The Internet is for...

    Websense has an option to force safe search on the usual suspects (Google, Live Search, Yahoo! etc...) so you can't do an image search on smut and squint yourself blind looking at grumble flick thumbnails.

    Alas Websense hasn't yet caught up with Bing. And the thumbs are bigger on Bing, I've noticed, too.

  6. Anonymous Coward
    Anonymous Coward

    Safe Search?

    One of the useful features to be found in Websense and other web filtering apps is the ability to force popular search engines into safe search mode no matter what mode the user tries to select. How long will it be before Websense et al enable this functionality for Bing given it's propensity for serving up grot?

  7. Ironfrost
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    Blocked in China too

    Bing has also been blocked in China (or at least Beijing) since earlier today. Probably to do with the video preview thing, considering that Youtube is also banned here.

  8. Anonymous Coward
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    Isn't that the noise windoze makes when you've done something wrong?

    BING! 'why use our crappy search engine?'

  9. Alan Scott

    Websense in school

    We have a websense box here and we have had to specifically block bing as at the moment we cannot force the students onto a safe search. They go to a video search and they are served up all sorts of smut!

    Therefor: Blocked!

  10. Dark Ian


    Our last filtering system prevented us accessing eBay, but allowed most personal sites and blogs to be accessed. Now suddenly our IT stazi bring in Websense and eBay is allowed but just about everything is blocked, including useful coding websites, etc.

    Still, at least I can spend time shopping for cheap tat, and of course still get on here.

  11. Hollerith

    ah Mr Crosby

    When the blue of the night meets the gold of the day meets Websense...

  12. bass daddy
    Gates Horns

    They had it right

    Surely it makes no SENSE to go to that waste of time, heap of shit known as bing.

    Please, Microsoft, just STOP.

  13. Anonymous Coward
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    who used

    ms live search anyway? apart from when they mistyped a webaddress in ie and it does it for you automatically.

  14. Anonymous Coward
    Anonymous Coward

    Bing as in

    Crosby or in Scotland a tip(refuse) or spoilheap(colliery) either way rubbish.

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