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Friday, July 30, 2004

Stupid Hyper-linking Policies

Don't Link to Us!

This website holds up for public ridicule, those websites which try to impose a 'Do not link to us' policy.

Linking Not Permitted to this site!

Pretentious b******!

This is on the site of brand of sticky tape (no kidding):

Hyperlinking to this site, is not permitted without the express prior permission of "Sell a Tape"

F*** off!
I think this is fairly appropriate for Google-bombers Non sticky

Thursday, July 29, 2004

HIV Threat

New warning over the fast-growing HIV threat

The Guardian - The HIV virus which causes Aids and is devastating sub-Saharan Africa is now "the fastest growing serious health condition in England", the chief medical officer said yesterday.
Most people infected here have been gay men, he said in his annual report. "However, the risk is ever present of the disease breaking through and infecting significant numbers of people in the heterosexual population in our country."

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Wednesday, July 28, 2004

Health Service at Fault (not screwing)

NHS delays criticised as sex infections soar in young

Independent - Britain's epidemic of sexually transmitted infections reached record levels last year with more than 100,000 new cases of disease, mainly among young people.

The soaring rate was blamed on risky sexual behaviour and long delays in getting treatment because of a shortage of specialist clinics.

New diagnoses rose to 708,083, up 4 per cent on the previous year's 678,709 but 57 per cent up on the 1995 total of 449,666, the Health Protection Agency (HPA) said.

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Take that, spyware!

DDoS Attack Knocks Out DoubleClick Ads

DoubleClick Inc. suffered a DDoS (distributed denial of service) attack Tuesday that knocked out its popular online ad-serving service and its own corporate Web site for several hours, the company has confirmed.

The DDoS attack targeted DoubleClick's DNS (domain name system) and interrupted its ability to serve online ads to its 900 customers from about 10:30 a.m. EDT to 2 p.m. EDT, spokeswoman Jennifer Blum said.

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Is this the first of hacker strikebacks against spyware ...?

Monday, July 26, 2004

Cool! Infectious Disease Playing Cards

Kids' Page - Disease Cards

Collect your own Infectious Disease playing cards!
Cool new game from the CDC.
Pus-filling or just plain deadly? Swap your favourite diseases!
What nasties can you pick up from your local swimming pool? (And you thought chlorine killed 'em all)

Sunday, July 25, 2004

Neglected Blog!

"Why have I been neglecting this blog?" you have been asking in droves. Ok, maybe not but just in case anyone is wondering, it is because I have been so busy. Ok, maybe not.

Actually, the real reason is because I switched browsers and began using Mozilla as my default instead of Internet Explorer.

I had finally had enough of IE's security holes and the huge lag-time between critical security holes being discovered, reported and exploited, and patches being released by Microsoft.

What has this to do with keeping a blog updated? There is no blog button available with Mozilla, as there is with Internet Explorer, via the Google toolbar. Call me shallow if you like ...

New Search Technology sits on your desktop and rifles through all your files, but they do have a privacy policy

Blinkx debuts new search technology

CNET - Attempting to take a chunk of business from biggies such as Google, an embryonic San Francisco-based company, Blinkx, has introduced a new search technology that looks up links before the user asks for them.

The free tool, launched this week, uses self-learning algorithms to analyze the content of the documents a computer user is viewing and scout for related information on the Internet or on the user's PC. The product is available for download from the company's Web site, which also offers an animated demo of the tool.

Read the privacy policy very carefully
Personally, before I allowed a program to deep-scan my entire hard drive with 'self-learning algorithms', I would like to know a lot more about the company involved, and the third-party's referred to in the privacy policy.

More thoughts from Cre8asite about blinkx