I hope I don't go to jail for posting this. Ogrish has a video of a Saudi man who was stabbed in the chest which punctured his heart. In order to save his life, surgeons had to slice open his chest and expose his heart. The video clearly shows the mans heart beating whilst he lays on the operating table.
Further to my post this morning, TypePad have basically said that it's up to me to sort out the spam. I don't want to sort out the spam myself. The reason why I constantly report the spam I get to TypePad is because not only will it stop me from getting anymore from them but it will also stop others from getting it. Oh well, expect fewer posts as I start trying to block keywords, email addresses and URLS ;o)
Related: 100 dead cats found in house
Update: Man arrested
For those that are sceptical about this story due to it being published by The Sun, it has been reported on other sites throughout September including 13th September by Dive Magazine and 5th September by Jewish.com (essentially the same article). Both report the actress Bridgette Bardot becoming involved in the campaign.
Update (11/10/2005): Here's a video to accompany the story. The link includes info on who to contact to complain about the way the dogs are treated.
The Sun: Jailed for sick phone pic
Maybe I should be careful what I post on here. I wouldn't want to go to jail for upsetting any of you.
A research project at the MIT Media Lab has a plan for getting $100 laptops in the hands of millions of people around the world. One notable feature is a hand crank for providing power in places where electricity is undependable or unavailable. More pictures here.
I've been getting a ton of hits today from people looking for pictures of the giant squid that was photographed recently. The reason for all the hits is because I'm #1 on Google Images for the search term 'giant squid'. Unfortunately the image indexed by Google Images is not a giant squid but instead is some other sea creature. So if you want to see some pictures of the giant squid here they are.
I posted an article on Monday about the problems I'm having with spam attacks on my blog and what Typepad are doing, or rather are not doing, to solve the problem. I hadn't planned on posting a follow-up to the post but seeing as nobody from Typepad has read the post (or at least they haven't commented) and after what has happened overnight I think I need to post a follow-up.
Overnight I was attacked by a comment spammer using the same IP addressto spam me about 50 times over a period of 5 hours. Now I doubt I'm the only TypePad subscriber being spammed by the spammer (although I could be wrong) so why haven't TypePad got a system in place to recognise when a spam attack is in progress. Whilst this is just a major inconvenience and thankfully they don't happen regularly, what happened next really annoyed me.
Late last night I reported a few spammers to TypePad including this one...
TypePad responded at 23:57 BST telling me that they had been banned globally, presumably using the approach I mentioned on Monday (a combination of factors including "URL, email address, and content submitted with the comment").
At 02:11 BST, 2 hours after the previous spams, I received this spam...
Notice anything similar? Yep, the spammer who was banned globally is still allowed to spam TypePad blogs using the same IP address and email address.
In my latest ticket I've mentioned that this person has been able to continue spamming and it will be interesting to see what their reply is.
Reuters: Chile's arid Atacama desert bursts into rare bloom
Google's Marissa Mayer reveals some interesting facts about Google such as...
# The prime reason the Google home page is so bare is due to the fact that the founders didn't know HTML and just wanted a quick interface. Infact it was noted that the submit button was a long time coming and hitting the RETURN key was the only way to burst Google into life.
# The infamous "I feel lucky" is nearly never used. However, in trials it was found that removing it would somehow reduce the Google experience. Users wanted it kept. It was a comfort button.
# Gmail was used internally for nearly 2years prior to launch to the public. They discovered there was approximately 6 types of email users, and Gmail has been designed to accommodate these 6.
It's about that time again when I have my regular TypePad moan. Yeah I know its pointless but I love a good moan and TypePad always gives me plenty to moan about. This time my moan is about spam, both comment and trackback.
For as long as I can remember (according to the help tickets raised I think I started getting spammed around about the middle of May, 2004) I have been spending way too much time reporting spammers and cleaning up spam comments/trackbacks. For some reason I feel the need to keep reporting the spam I get to TypePad Support so that hopefully some of the spammers can be stopped from spammer me and others again. Whilst I always get a prompt response from support I wonder if I'm wasting time.
Whilst they say that they are "globally banning" them using a combination of factors such as "URL, email address, and content submitted with the comment", I'm a little sceptical about how effective it is. I have received comment spam from the same email address two days after it was supposed to have been globally banned. Are TypePad Support so fed up with comment spam that they can't be bothered to deal with it?
Of course I'm not the only TypePadder, or the only blogger, receiving comment/trackback spam, but if I'm paying for a service, rather than using a free blogging tool such as WordPress I expect to be given better spam tools or to receive less spam. Incidentally, according to some reports WordPress handles spam better than TypePad.
I realise that I could make users obtain a TypeKey before posting but I don't like restricting. I've already had to turn trackbacks off*, I don't want to scare away the few commenters I have by making them register for a TypeKey. Comment moderation is also another option but I fail to see the point of it (i.e. I don't want to moderate comment spam).
According to a comment made by Anil Dash earlier this month on Fred Wilson's blog, A VC, there is now a dedicated 'spam czar' who is focusing on the "highest-pagerank blogs to make sure they're protected and that we're understanding all the new behaviors spammers are using". What about the rest of us?
He goes on to say...
"I know it's [a] small consolation, but the TypePad blogs that are affected by spam reflect something around the top 5% of all blogs, in terms of traffic/ visitors/ pagerank. So there's some prestige in being targeted by them."
Why I am even moaning about it? After reading that I feel like I should be honoured.
* To anyone in TypePad who may read this post. Will there ever be a tool to clean remove trackbacks from old posts? I switched off trackbacks a while back but I still have about 8,000 of posts that still allow trackbacks, hence the reason why I still get plenty of trackback spams.
Mirror: US Falls £135M Short For Tsunami
Update (25/09/05): For those how wondered what this post was about, it was supposed to be a link to a video clip instead of just an image. The link has now been fixed and the video can be viewed by clicking here.
If you find a broken link on AWV, please let me know so that I can fix it. I usually find out about broken links a day or two later when I'm checking my stats. This means that a lot of people will have missed the real link.