Apparently my WebCollage
screensaver has gotten popular enough that the search engines are actually feeling its impact: the fact that they see a lot of searches like these:
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had finally irritated them enough to figure out where they were coming from, and send me mail whining about it.
Google nicely asked me to stop. They asked nicely enough that I felt bad saying no. But I asked them to add a URL on their site that would just redirect to a random URL from their database: WebCollage could use that, instead of hitting their search page, and it would all still work, without throwing off their hit statistics. They responded, "Oh, that would be easy. We'll see what we can do." And then ignored my mail for (at current count) nine months.
Recently, I got a similar complaint from Alta Vista. I asked them for the same kind of URL I'd asked Google for. They said, "sure", and it went live on their site two weeks later!
Yay Alta Vista! Boo Google!
I'm reminded of an episode of The Tick:
Lawyer: Why, that's the worst kind of vigilanteism!
Tick: No Sir, that's the best kind of vigilanteism!
Reward! For Information Leading To The Identification Of The Eli Lilly Bandit
In November, as Congress finalized the legislation authorizing a new Department of Homeland Security, two paragraphs suddenly appeared in the bill giving drug maker Eli Lilly & Company something it desired: a shield from lawsuits by parents who claim the company's vaccines caused their children's autism.
[...] Who inserted the provision? Reporters tried and failed to find out. Lilly's lobbyists (laughably) claim ignorance. No one on Capitol Hill is proud enough of his handiwork to claim it.
Democracy requires accountability, so TomPaine.com is offering a $10,000 reward to the first person who proves the identity of the Eli Lilly Bandit - the member of Congress responsible for inserting the company's special provision. Mail submissions to PO Box 53303, Washington, D.C. 20009. The complete terms and conditions of this offer are posted at www.TomPaine.com.
Public officials who work secret deals like this are cowards. They subvert and dishonor a fundamental American principle - open government accountable to the people. Help us finger the Eli Lilly Bandit.
This is just completely irresponsible journalism, publishing something like this without pictures. How can these people sleep at night?
Lame-assed article with no photos:
A Bosnian farmer says he's being inundated with offers from people wanting to buy a pig born with two penises.
Mica Ciric, from the North Bosnian village of Blazevac, has called the pig, which also has six legs, Lucky.
He told local media: "There has been a lot of interest in him either from people who want to raise him so they can study his development, or others who want to put him on display.
"I'm seventy years old, but I've never heard of anything like it."
Local vets have said the case is very rare but not unheard of. This March in neighbouring Croatia a goat, named Bimbo was born with eight legs, two tails and two penises.
The goat, named Bimbo, became a local celebrity and was often photographed by local media.
What I really need is a debugger that can run backward: one that keeps an undo list for every write and every jump. It would be slow -- the equivalent of single-stepping the whole program, or having a hardware watchpoint on the entire address space, plus potentially vast memory consumption -- but it would make fixing my current nightmare
a no brainer.
Of course, gdb can barely find its ass with both hands, so I'll be over here not holding my breath on that one.