10 November 2011

How to Drive a Saint to Virtual Drink

The system, Cronos fashion, has taken to eating posts on some blogs.

I may have worked out the trick with one of the the bugs in the comment system in Blogger, though this is based on practical observation and does not rely on any coding knowledge.

I hit the "comment" link and a box appears but the words usually found in the verification in the captcha system are not visible There is just a red X. However, if one looks at its properties by right clicking, this has the potential of being a link, and one that, in several cases if one persists in typing a message, leads to a mem something or other error message.

Reload the page and the word verification shows letters to be retyped in the usual slot. Usually typing the message in this fully fledged box, with the captcha in place, will cause no problem when one hits the publish button, but this is not guaranteed.

I don't know if this glitch is an additional security measure, but it is extremely inefficient for me as it has stopped me posting any more comments.

Perhaps it is an inbuilt effort to slow up an increasingly unwieldy and ever growing Internet?

It certainly wastes time and bandwidth.

Also, just in passing, everybody should read the differences in copyright between posts and comments before deciding where to write, I think. Legal responsibility in material printed on a non-adult blog is taken seriously here and I use this more technical space to try to unravel the complexity of the web for ordinary everyday use.
Much of the time is spend snarled up in coccoons of my own making, but the comment system is becoming a real, external problem that I cannot solve.

Perhaps in time copyright lawyers will have replaced venture capitalists as the most employable entrepreneurs round. Mesmerising language and sleight of mind thinking are always in demand and making sense of who owns all the lost comments and where they are stored should cause hours of harmless fun.

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6 November 2011

Maths (or Math) for the Fun Loving Blogger

I would probably find calculus more useful for understanding the internet, but I like the fact that trigonometry has something to look at besides numbers. Sequences and patterns in numbers are worth looking at and I hope to get back to them, useful for predicting and as everybody now knows, the coders joy to behold.

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Blocking Traffic?

Strategies are needed with every mechanism. There is chat about blogs being redirected on the Blogger system at the moment and since contracts are always being changed, it's worth looking again at the associates in Google.

Many of the sites visiting are not being vetted enough, according to other Blogspot users. Having an open site is what appealed most when I signed up here and it would be strange if unwelcome guests were to consider taking advantage. I know that the Internet is not monitored and it's a case of protecting oneself, but if one's service provider is acting with a nefarious "enemy within" it's probably time to move on.
I'm not too concerned at the moment but I have also wondered why drafts are saved so very often.

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Thank You, Again

The French are always astonished as the number of times Anglophones say "Thank You". I got used to their seemingly rude manners quite quickly, but still find that to express the socially acceptable phrase in any society is essential and as a result this "Thank You" is for Davimack, whose fidelity to commenting is now awarded the usual laurels. Also, it has given more to think about, as usual. The "bread and circuses" refence is especially apt, given that "bread" can also refer to money. It was explained, since most Irish people seem to live in the US and were forever explaining the culture, that the American social class is based on monetary and personal success, not on proximity to the throne or being able to trace one's ancestors back to Charlemagne, as Europeans fuss over. I don't like class systems and Proust is the greatest guide to the havoc they spread. The current generation deny that they exist at all, which is a great relief and I'm happy to comply. However, when a person is short on bread, they are being compelled, increasingly to join the social circus, whether they wish to or no. It is possible that the people who have taken to camping on streets around the world are admired by many onlookers, but my main concern is that they will catch chill. I have seen reports that most of the tents in the vicinity of St Paul's cathedral are empty at night.That simply invites the usual question... whose test machinery is being used and who is funding it...

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