* Posts by MikeG

20 publicly visible posts • joined 7 Feb 2008

Google hints Bing! pact will curb competition


Another reason why Bing won't be #1

Well, here's another reason Bing will never reach #1: three or four years ago I got fed up with badly-constructed search spiders consuming my bandwidth and blocked the whole damn lot apart from Google. And I know a good many admins of reasonably popular sites who've done the same thing.... so good luck, Microsoft!

Jacqui's secret plan to 'Master the Internet'



"Mastering The Internet" sounds like the title of an elementary Further Education IT course. Of course, many in the government could benefit greatly from such a course, given their fatuous pronouncements on Internet matters...

Street View nod prompts call for privacy watchdog reform

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PI's pronouncements about Google always make me laugh, since as any fule kno, Simon Davies works as a consultant for certain rivals of Google ;)

Brit nuke subs exposed on Google Earth



I reckon the apparent underwater structures are image artefacts; it looks like a ghostly overlay of somewhere else.

There *are* types of concrete that will set underwater BTW...

Ares I manned rocket section explodes in testing


Oh that dratted solid booster

According to NASA the solid booster will also cause vibrations up to 0.5 G. They were talking about some Heath Robinson system of a tonne of moving weights to counteract it.

IWF confirms Wayback Machine porn blacklisting



Correct - the IWF has NO legal powers whatsoever; it merely compiles its secret blacklist, and it is entirely up to ISPs whether or not they implement the blacklist. The screwups are entirely due to the usual cack-handed monkeys employed by ISPs. And it is to your ISP that you should direct any complaints about censorship.

'Lord of the Universe' disciple exits Wikipedia


Anonymous editors aren't the problem

I registered a Wiki account a long while back. And I can tell you all that the worst crap doesn't come from anonymous users - it comes from registered users with thousands of edits, whose Contributions pages are a chronicle of slackwitted stupidity. That is, when they can spare the time from warring with other editors and just generally being wankers. And of course they tend to arse-lick the higher-up Wiki figures, so God help you if you cross them.

BusinessWeek hails quantum porn engine


Not completely surprising

I blocked Cuil's "Twiceler" spider with htaccess after it repeatedly ignored my site's robots.txt (which only allows Googlebot) and spidered everything it could to the tune of 1GB of data... I've wondered how many other site owners have had to do the same.

Scorpions tale leaves IWF exposed


Blame the Met

The IWF was initially set up in something of a rush in 1996 because the Met was threatening to raid a UK ISP and launch a test case over it carrying newsgroups with illegal content.

Brit ISPs censor Wikipedia over 'child porn' album cover


Silver lining

Well, it's not all bad - it's put a temporary stopper on the incessant Wiki messing by anonymous UK dingbats :)

Microsoft preps IE 8 for the web-challenged


Firefox compatibility

Firefox is far from perfect when it comes to compatibility: it has issues with certain useful CSS features that work in Opera and IE 7. I'm not holding my breath waiting for a fix, since FF's irritating imagemap bug - to name but one - has languished unfixed since 2001. No doubt fixing known bugs isn't as interesting as creating pointless new features.

DARPA wargamer calls for US X-Men superplane fleet

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Yes - some variant of the "ejection capsules" which were designed for aircrew ejection at supersonic speed/high altitude... though travelling for any time in one of those capsules would be a claustrophobic experience.

Reg readers in Firefox 3 lovefest



One of the 3.6% Opera users here, though I do use Firefox occasionally for the sake of a couple of plugins. As for IE 7, I only ever use it for a single solitary website whose Shockwave content just won't play nice with either Opera or Firefox.

The Reg stats made me take a look at the stats for a little website I run that averages around 12,000 unique visitors a month, and I found we'd had 53.3% Firefox, 31.5% IE, and 5.3% Safari (what?)...

Passport and ID card price hike laundered via private sector


Biometrics? Hah!

Biometrics - apart from fingerprints, which I don't think are included under that heading - are ridiculously inaccurate and hilariously reminiscent of the 19th century Bertillon System (look it up on Wiki) which had endless false positives and was eventually ditched in favour of fingerprints. The only people who stand to benefit from this crap are the fortunate contractors; someone really needs to dig into their links to Labour, because this absolutely stinks of plain brown envelopes and big backhanders.

First Android phone to retail for $199


Bemused Thursday?

iPhones for £99? Well, sort of - if you sign up for a contract for a minimum of 18 months at £30 per. Otherwise, a PAYG iPhone is £349.99

Anonymous hacks Sarah Palin's Yahoo! account

Paris Hilton

Not "hacking" as such

Yahoo email has a password retrieval service in case you forget your password, which asks you a secret question like "What is your pet's name" - and supposedly her secret question was "What is your ZIP code". Durrr.

Prototype orbital seaplane in Texan blimp-base blast



You're thinking of barrage ballons. Anti-submarine blimps were used in WWII for search and rescue missions, anti-sub patrols, and escorting convoys. Their big advantage was that they could stay aloft for 60 hours.

Arrest made over data-stuffed eBay laptop hard drive


Not a laptop!

The story appears to have become mangled somewhere along the line - seems it was just a hard drive that was sold. It doesn't come as much of a surprise to those of us unfortunate to live in the Charnwood area, given our council's inability to do anything correctly.

The story's on http://www.loughboroughecho.net

Fujitsu intros 5.6in bonsai laptop... with Vista

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Only 1 Gig?

Vista with only 1 Gig of memory? Oh, that'll be fun, I don't think.

Stealthy Adobe Reader update fixes mystery security bugs




The reason some of us carry on enduring Adobe's horrid reader is because Foxit's free version lacks a couple of features, e.g. you can't "Save as Text".