Now, after reading this, it put me in the mind of Google, with their Google Copernicus Center is hiring article, and their general humour in their apps like the cheese at maximum zoom in the moon maps.NOTICE This software is licensed to you only for the reproduction of music and/or video that you own or have the expressed right to use as the software allows. Any attempt to reproduce copyrighted material that you are not expressly permitted to use is not legal, not good for the economy, and not nice. Furthermore, it is not cool, it is not kosher, nor is it the kind of thing that your parents would be proud of. Put the kibosh on it. Hey, are you reading this thing? I didn't think so. Nobody ever really does, do they? Except the lawyers who write it. Think about it — you're a lawyer, making god-knows-how-much and hour, and this is the best you can come up with? Lame.
So my question is, what does the Slashdot community think of these types of things? Unprofessional? Good marketing sense? And what other companies do you know of that don't take themselves too seriously?"
!!! CAUTION !!! This explanation is for authentication only. DO NOT PUBLISH IT !!!
Searching for "at * dot" returns 50M pages, each having at least one address. Because only the first 1000 pages are available, the request must be splitted by top-level domain ("at * dot com", "at * dot org",...), by country-code ("at * dot ca", "at * dot fr",...) or by domain ("at slashdot dot org",...). Each request can be splitted once again using Google's selection by country and language, and all this can be done for all languages (translate "at" and "dot"). It can also be repeated using "at * dot * dot", so I think that the word "millions" is not exagerated.
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So on Sunday Dec 3 I wrote to their security desk about it. I received a reply (ref:#87529870) three days later saying "thanks we'll investigate". Not really DefCon One frenzy. And they don't seem to particularly care about me spreading the trick all over the Internet. It's been 9 days now and absolutely nothing has changed, so I'd like to know what Slashdot readers would do in such case. How long am I supposed to wait before I can talk about it ? Could I have problems for doing so when apparently Google is not bothered."