On the surface it seems a harmless treaty that would help countries fight hackers, terrorists, and so on. But there are some very disturbing things in this treaty that could not only infringe on the privacy of web users across the globe, but also change the "free speech" nature of the net.
I saw this pretty interesting/ scary tool on the local news channel - the SWIPE calculator - which led me down a rabbit hole.
It's by a company called SWIPE which is a pretty obscure little outfit from best I can tell. They are using a bar for data warehousing, but are actually the "good guys" by enlightening people to this questionable practice of data collection.
Tesla just raised $40 million from high-profile investors including Google founders Larry Page and Sergey Brin. It plans to start selling its first model next year. It also looks like this car can out do a Ferrari or Porsche.
So we have this domain registered with godaddy.com.
We thought why not use one of their hosting plans and got one for 12 months. The site is basicly a discussion forum, everything legal.
After a period of 6 months, the site got suspended without any notice or email. So we contacted the godaddy support team, they informed us the site is spamming. We responded if godaddy would please explain their definition of spam as the site is only one big forum. The next response was that we are using an illegal proxy (what is this?) and they demanded 199$ to get our domain and hosting back. OK, you can hold your hosting, but my domain is registered, you can not hold it!
mozDex, the open source search engine has just received a new lease on life.
The project, originally intended to port the Nutch search engine software from Sun's proprietary Java platform to an open source platform has been taken over and is getting a face lift and some renewed vitality.
I've seen that first hand. The "psychology of linking" did change in a fairly obvious way after nofollow started. Unfortunately, that was a downside that none of saw coming back when we announced our support. I'm not sure any of us expected people to ration their links as if they were somehow in limited supply. But it happened anyway.
Yet another story associating G$ with child porn, this time from the Brazil/Orkut end of things. Google seems to be saying that they don't have to comply with brazilian requests because the info is on US servers.
Who knows, perhaps it was the Spell Checker. MicroSoft responds regarding last weeks outages on Thursday, saying essentially, "Sorry, we're new at this!". Still they are realy sorry it took so long to tell us this.
The BBC news is reporting that the Carphone Warehouse is planinng to offer free broadband connections to deepen its foothold into the broadband market - Currently it has only about 75,000 punters compared to the millions served by the handful of other main players like NTL, Wannadoo etc...