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Comment: Re:Copyright Trap, perhaps? (Score 2) 182

by Indefinite, Ephemera (#42067791) Attached to: Sandy Island, the Undiscovered Country
Phantom islands aren't really anything new in themselves, but they usuallly date from before satellite imagery: a ship would spot what looked like an island in the distance, nobody on board would bother to go and confirm the existence of terra firma, the island would be named and reported to cartographers later on, and it would keep turning up on charts until someone tried and failed to find it. Some of the better stories that grew up around these islands are in this book:

Comment: Re:Yahoo has TWO things that don't suck... (Score 1) 311

by Indefinite, Ephemera (#34585818) Attached to: Yahoo! To Close Delicious
If you have server space, there's SemanticScuttle. Works nicely for me--once I fixed it so it (a) didn't expect to be importing from a file with uppercase HTML markup, and (b) didn't insist on converting all my tags to lowercase. Unfortunately, it can't import the privacy settings, so your imported bookmarks will end up globally public or globally private.

Comment: Re:It is easy (Score 1) 168

by Indefinite, Ephemera (#32073224) Attached to: Chains of RFCs and Chains of Laws?

As far as I am aware, there is nowhere I can find a copy of the Communications Act after the changes from later legislation have been applied.

This should be it, but I don't think it's been brought up to date yet. (Quoting from here: 'Update Status Warning: There are effects on this legislation that have not yet been applied to the Statute Law Database for the following year(s): 2003, 2004, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010.' Oh well, it exists in theory.)


+ - UK Parliament Network Latest Conficker Victim

Submitted by nandemoari
nandemoari (1318651) writes "The Conficker/Downadup worm has reportedly found its way onto the British government's IT system, joining millions of others who have fallen victim to it. An email sent to MPs, lords and their staff revealed that parliament's IT network appears to be completely unsecured. The Conficker/Downadup worm has been in circulation since November 2008 and a patch is available from Microsoft that fixes it. The fact that parliament's systems have become infected indicates that their anti-virus software, if there is any, hasn't been updated since last year and could be vulnerable to other attacks."

Comment: Re:Second that! (Score 5, Interesting) 183

by Indefinite, Ephemera (#26252499) Attached to: Smart Spam Filtering For Forums and Blogs?
The difficulty in evaluating Akismet - I speak not as a user but as someone who ended up apparently blacklisted and having to try their appeals system - is that everyone I see praising it is by definition the kind of person who pays attention to the filter and therefore will train it effectively. Since your average user more likely lets false positives pile up, I'd love to know how effective it is for people who don't wonder how effective it is.

I bet the human brain is a kludge. -- Marvin Minsky