By Mark O’Neill There are a lot of crap websites on the net that I wouldn’t miss for an instant if they disappeared. But if Open Culture vanished, I would be really hacked off. This is one website that I monitor constantly for updates because everything they post is interesting. I mean, look at what […]
By Mark O’Neill A dangerous legal precedent could be set if a woman is convicted of harassing a clinically depressed girl on MySpace to later commit suicide. This is because the only crime in which prosecutors could charge the woman with was violating the MySpace Terms Of Service contract (TOS) which you agree to when […]
By Mark O’Neill Now here’s the situation. There’s a domain I’ve had my eye on for the past several years but the current owner has had an “under construction” sign on it for as long as I can remember. About two years back, I started emailing him, asking him if he ever planned to use […]
By Mark O’Neill This article in the New York Times really struck a raw nerve with me because it is a touchy subject in my life at the moment. The article is about spammers who are moving their harassment from emails to the cellphone (or mobile phone if you are in Europe). Never a day […]
By JR Raphael Contributing Writer, [GAS] Break out the bubbly: Spam is celebrating its 30th anniversary this weekend. And my oh my, three decades later, how the annoyances of the internet have changed. Where it all started The message considered the first unsolicited mass e-mail went out to unsuspecting inboxes on May 3, 1978. A […]
By Mark O’Neill No, the title of this article is not the way it sounds. I’m not advocating anything illegal. I’m not offering any fake passports or dodgy driving licenses. But instead, when you’re filling in another one of those endless web forms asking for your contact information, instead of giving them your actual details, […]
By Mark O’Neill
War is peace. Freedom is slavery. Ignorance is strength.
I have a love-hate relationship with Wikipedia. Over the years, I have quoted from it relentlessly in my articles and I have used it for research and reference purposes. I have even opened several user accounts and attempted to correct factual errors wherever I have found them (provided I have the correct knowledge to hand – nothing is worse than someone who changes a wrong fact with another wrong fact).
But something is fundamentally and fatally flawed with Wikipedia and it is something which has finally made me give up trying to edit Wikipedia articles. It is something which is making George Orwell’s 1984 predictions all come true. It is something that in true Orwellian style, the National Post calls the “Thought Police”.
By PatB Contributing Writer, [GAS] Gamers in China, desperate to get their powerups by cheating, are seeding Microsoft IIS servers with exploit code that will steal game logins. So far the mass attack has hit over 500k webservers. Brian Krebs has the details, including some of the high-profile webservers affected at his blog on the […]