Saturday, January 31, 2009

Massive Google error

Today as I searched for information on "environmentalism" on Google, I recieved a page of results where every link had a "this site may harm your computer warning". I did a search for Internet Explorer and Microsoft and the same error occured. Come on Google, you could try being fair. Then I did a search for Google and the same message came up. Back to Yahoo I guess. ;)

News articles:
Google Breaks

Google taking security a little too seriously

Update 1: The problem has been fixed.

Update 2: The cause of the problem was a "/" in Google's list of harmful sites according to The Register.

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Saturday, January 24, 2009

A really bad government idea

In times of a recession, what is a smart move for a country to do? Perhaps encourage people to seek extra training and education at university whilst there is a shortage of jobs? It stimulates research, growth, culture and creates new opportunities for students whilst supporting local economies (because universities hire a lot of local people for support staff). However the government has announced that it is restricting growth on any increases of university intake numbers. Honestly. Just look at this BBC article on the subject.

This is an absolute crime. Instead of obsessing about banks lending and people borrowing again and trying to return to the past, why not do something which really would help the economy?

It is my belief that this government has got itself in a complete mess, given handouts to all on a first come, first serve basis, gone broke, and now has reduced the support for the one group who could best aid the recovery of this country in the long term. Anybody who wants to learn at a higher level (and has a reasonable aptitude for it) should be allowed to, and not be held back by short-sighted blundering incompetence of a government that still won't halt the ID card project and put the £5 billon+ it would save to a good use, such as paying off some of the excessive debt it is responsible for.

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Saturday, January 03, 2009

New Year - New Challenges

There are many lists of things to do before you die - (see a search engine for many examples), but one of the best ones I have found is at squidoo. Whilst new years resolutions might fail, progress is still progress no matter how small, and that's what I like most about the aforementioned compilation. It has many great suggestions for inspiration and improvement plus tips to help you follow through on your ideas.

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