A bold spammer

Monday, December 1, 2008 at 8:26 | Posted in Akismet, internet, spam | 1 Comment

This is the boldest fucking spammer I have ever seen. Browsing spam comments caught by Akismet, this message added to a regular spam comment caught my eye:

to: Admin – If You want to delete your site from our spam list, please visit this site for instructions: removeurl.********.com

The comment itself included a bible quote paired with some pretty obscene statements. A nice try, Mr./Ms. Spammer but I do not think visiting your site would make much sense.

Surprise?

Tuesday, November 25, 2008 at 2:05 | Posted in internet | Leave a comment
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When you heavily hype up something in the web it would be recommendable to make sure your capacity is able to meet up the demand at launch.

Why am I not surprised that this had to happen?

via Margaret

Heilmann backs off

Tuesday, November 18, 2008 at 4:24 | Posted in Germany, internet, web 2.0. | 4 Comments
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German MP Lutz Heilmann has withrawn his complaint and the German court in Lübeck lifted the interim injunction against Wikimedia Deutschland. Alas, the German Wikipedia is now acessible via www.wikipedia.de after being blocked during the weekend.

While backfiring heavily on Mr. Heilmann and the Left Party, the incident seems to have had a happy end for Wikimedia Deutschland. Spiegel reports about extensive public outrage and support to the German Wiki foundation:

Shutting down the German portal seems to have backfired, drawing far more attention to the Schleswig-Holstein politician’s past than his Wikipedia entry alone ever did. The German Web site received €16,000 in donations over the weekend, more than quadruple its usual rate. Wikipedia users also flooded the Left Party with angry e-mails.

I just wonder how come so many prominent people only learn the hard way about how the Internet works. Then again, I suppose the web was not a common tool back when Lutz Heilmann worked for the STASI.

Take the phising challenge!

Monday, November 17, 2008 at 16:50 | Posted in internet, web tests | 1 Comment
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Unlike most other web tests, PayPal Fight Phishing Challenge is dead serious. If you have a PayPal account, I suggest you take the test right away. If you fail to get all five questions right, that is, even if you provide one single wrong answer, click here and read more!

via Kai

German MP scores own goal

Sunday, November 16, 2008 at 18:05 | Posted in absurd, Freedom of speech, Germany, internet, Legal, web 2.0. | 6 Comments
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If you type www.wikipedia.de into the address bar of your browser you would normally find a search box for articles in the German Wikipedia which is hosted in a US based server belonging to  Wikimedia Foundation. As from late Friday, the page looks like this (click for a full size view):

The reason for this provisional change of layout is an interim injunction issued by Landgericht Lübeck. The court injunction was sought by Left Party member of German Federal Parliament Lutz Heilmann. Wikipedia.de is ordered not to redirect to de.wikipedia.org, i.e. the German Wikipedia.

Mr Heilmann is apparently unhappy about an article in German Wikipedia about himself. I addition to regular CV there is a short passage about Lutz Heilmann’s alleged activities within the former East German Secret Police STASI. Referring to an article in Spiegel Online, Wikipedia writes:

Mitarbeiter des Ministeriums für Staatssicherheit

Im Oktober 2005 enthüllte Der Spiegel die von Heilmann bislang verschwiegene Stasi-Vergangenheit. Heilmann gibt bis heute öffentlich an, von 1985 bis 1990 einen „verlängerte[n] Wehrdienst (Personenschutz MfS)“ geleistet zu haben.[2] Heilmann war nach Ableisten der allgemeinen Wehrpflicht von 18 Monaten für die Zeit bis 1990 als Berufssoldat beim MfS beschäftigt und verließ dieses erst, als es aufgelöst wurde.[4]

Vor der Wahl hatte Heilmann den Mitgliedern des Landesverbandes seine Tätigkeit beim MfS verschwiegen. Dies stellte einen Verstoß gegen innerparteiliche Richtlinien dar. Auf dem Landesparteitag am 4. Dezember 2005 stimmten die Mitglieder des Landesverbandes Schleswig-Holstein über einen Misstrauensantrag gegen Heilmann ab. Das Ergebnis war 47 Stimmen für Heilmann zu 42 gegen ihn.[4] Heilmann ist seitdem innerhalb der Linken in Schleswig-Holstein umstritten.[5]

According to Mr Heilmann, he was enrolled in a “prolonged military service” from 1985 and 1990 but Spiegel says they are in possession of documents confirming that he was working full time for the STASI:

In den nach dem Fall der Mauer von Bürgerrechtlern gesicherten Gehaltslisten des Ministeriums für Staatssicherheit (MfS) ist Heilmann 1989 als hauptamtlicher Mitarbeiter des DDR-Geheimdienstes registriert. Nach Aktenlage war er in der Hauptabteilung Personenschutz tätig, die für die Sicherung und Versorgung der Partei- und Staatsführung zuständig war.

Wikimedia Deutschland are going to file a counter motion tomorrow but it may still take some time before things return to normal. This is not the first time Wikimedia Deutschland have been targetted by legal action. Hubertus Albers a.k.a Atze Schröder last year unsuccessfully intimidated took legal action against then CEO Arne Klempert.

The funny thing is that barely anybody took notice when Spiegel published the information about Mr Heilmann’s alleged STASI activities but it has become more than common knowledge now thanks to his own reactions. I call this a classical example of own goal 2.0.

via RA-Blog and Compyblog

Edit: There is a short article about Mr. Heilmann in the English Wikipedia.

Come on Facebook!

Friday, November 14, 2008 at 19:12 | Posted in internet | Leave a comment
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If I were not connected to the Internet, I would obviously not see this error message:

Come on, Facebook! Get your act together! It is not Okay!

Internet addict

Tuesday, November 11, 2008 at 17:49 | Posted in China, health, internet | Leave a comment
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China is to become the first country in the World where Internet addiction is officially defined as a disease. According to China Daily, doctors at Beijing’s Military General Hospital have developed a definition of Internet addiction:

Symptoms of addiction included yearning to get back online, mental or physical distress, irritation and difficulty concentrating or sleeping.

The definition, based on a study of more than 1,300 problematic computer users, classifies as addicts those who spend at least six hours online a day and have shown at least one symptom in the past three months.

That set of symptoms could apply to every serious web user since anybody spending less than six hours a day online could best be described as an Internet analphabet. And each of the symptoms, apart from “yearning to get back online”, could very well be related to a number of offline activities as well. If you are irritated of your S.O is it because they interfere with your online activities or just because your S.O is a S.O.B?

Anyway, I am grateful that the good doctors at Beijing’s Military General Hospital reminded me to get a new chair so that the occasional physical distress in my back would not classify me as an Internet addict.

via RA-Blog

Did you mean…?

Thursday, October 30, 2008 at 11:03 | Posted in internet, Not serious | Leave a comment

Would it not be nice if Google pointed out that you could possibly not want to search what you accidentally entered?

Better still, would you not want Google to spell out what you actually meant to type?

Just in case you thought of suing Google, I admit that these screen shots are fake and they were not generated by Google. You can make one with your own preferences at www.gooogie.co.uk.

via Aarne

Chomutov exposes German johns

Wednesday, October 29, 2008 at 14:21 | Posted in internet | 1 Comment
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Citizens of the Czech town of Chomutov are fed up with mainly German motorists picking up prostitutes in Lipska street downtown. Chomutov police department have now placed cameras in the area. Photos of prostitutes entering cars are since a fortnight being exposed in the web with little discretion.

A note in both Czech and German spells out the nature of the traffic: “Auf dieser Seite sehen Sie Aufnahmen von Fahrzeugen in denen eine Prostituierte einsteigt um sexuelle Dienste anzubieten.” Neither registration plates nor faces of the johns are shown but mayor Jan Rehak is convinced that the measure will work. “Every woman recognizes his husband’s car,” the mayor says.

A by the hour car rental business around the corner might bring in good revenue.

via Dagens Nyheter

Oops, Twitter down

Tuesday, October 28, 2008 at 2:39 | Posted in internet, web 2.0. | 3 Comments
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Twitter seems to be down at the moment. This sort of error message is not what you would expect of such a highly hyped environment.

Beer is healthy

Tuesday, October 21, 2008 at 9:20 | Posted in beer, gadgets, internet | Leave a comment

Beer is good for your health. I did indeed fake the cover.

via Maalainen

Making faces

Friday, October 10, 2008 at 18:22 | Posted in gadgets, internet, Web tools | Leave a comment
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I detected this on line photo editor (thanks, Elviina) and I just had to try it with my own face. Would be nice if I could do that in live mode.

Earth vs. Space chess game

Thursday, October 2, 2008 at 10:58 | Posted in internet | 1 Comment
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US Chess Federation is organizing a chess game between Earth and Space. The space is represented by astronaut Dr. Greg Chamitoff, playing white. The Earth’s moves are voted by the general public. Students of Stevenson Elementary School in Bellevue, Washington prepare four options for the Earth’s move to be put on vote.

Here is Dr. Chamitoff making his second move at the space station:

Here are the options for Earth’s second move:

I just voted for 2 ..e6 which seems to be the leading option at this moment.

I subscribed to the RSS feed to keep track of the match.

info@bulk-mail.org

Tuesday, September 23, 2008 at 19:36 | Posted in e-mail, internet, spam | 6 Comments
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The owner of info@bulk-mail.org provides spam mail services but does not want to receive spam himself. Which is why I ask everybody not to publish the address info@bulk-mail.org in their blogs. Publishing the address info@bulk-mail.org would be an unfriendly act against a major spammer so please do not publish it.

via Cyberantweb.com

404 Page not found

Tuesday, September 16, 2008 at 15:04 | Posted in internet | Leave a comment
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All of us are familiar with the most annoying message of the Internet, i.e. the 404 error. Since it is irritating to land there the best thing a clever web master can do is to try to make us feel cool about it. Here is a very nice approach to the problem.

via Robin Gurney

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