How to piss off people with law degrees I did sign up for Law.com while I was at university, but it’s a total surprise to start getting spammed by them as of May 6, 2013. I know I had signed up a long time ago because the postcode is 6041 (this was changed in the 2000s), even if Law.com reckons I last updated my account in 2010 (highly unlikely). And if The Asian Lawyer is something I signed up to all that time ago (despite my never having heard of it—and many of you know how I feel about the word Asian), how come they only began coming on May 6?
A more likely explanation: it’s a new publication and we were all opted in without our permission.
Bad move, law.com.
One month on Dear Google: since you say this site has been clean since April 7, don’t you think it’s about time you lifted your block and stopped banning it? I thought we had it bad with Google’s boycott, but imagine being the owner of this website.
Clean since April 7 More evidence of the Google bot being wrong. This is the site that hosted the malware that our ad server was accused of distributing. It’s been clean since April 7. However, Google still provides a warning with its search-engine result, and there’s still a warning page when you click through. Google acknowledges this site is clean, yet still continues to block it. I would say the webmaster has a prima facie case against Google for misrepresentation.
Another false positive from the Google malware bot Following from my blog post yesterday, here’s the usual bollocks from Google. So Webmaster Tools sends me an email accusing Autocade of malware. Webmaster Tools itself says there’s nothing wrong. Clicking on the link Google provides results in a 403. The malware bot is very, very broken. We know this, the guys at Isocket know this, as do others around the internet.
[W]hen it came to Google, it’s important to know that it has it in for the little guy. It’s less responsive, and it will fence with you until you can bring a bigger party to the table who might risk damaging its informal, well maintained and largely illusionary corporate motto.
What Bill of Rights? CISPA explained. The American politicians’ thinking appears to be: stuff the Fourth Amendment.
YouTube history, 2013 I remain absolutely astonished by YouTube’s lack of privacy. I turned the history off on this site, and blocked the YouTube cookie. Yet it still claims I have watched certain videos. Some I do recognize but the top half-dozen, I have never seen. Not only should I not have a viewing history, the one that YouTube claims I have is total bollocks. But, it is Google, and privacy breaches, false accusations and inexplicable technical behaviour are par for the course at that company.
Marriage equality in New Zealand
Sometimes, there’s no shame in coming 13th.
Google delays an all-clear for as long as it possibly can I am told by those in the know that Google takes about five hours to do a review. I have waited 16 now for today’s one. That’s on top of the six days our site has been blacklisted and libellous things written about us, just because Google cannot distinguish clean code from malicious code. (We know it can’t, since it makes malicious code anyway.)