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Saturday, 31 January 2009

Blacklists that should be permanent?

I had to laugh at the story today in The Guardian of the UK. Priceless! Absolutely priceless! Apparently, Google accidentally blacklisted a whole tranche of websites, some even paying customers to Google's own advertising business!

As Caroline Davies says,

'Google placed the internet on a blacklist today after a mistake caused every site in the search engine's result pages to be marked as potentially harmful and dangerous.'

Google said after an investigation of the 'Reliability' department that an engineer tried to add just one web address to the list of those deemed suspicious, and mistakenly added them all. Umm...never mind the lost revenue from advertisements, the embarrassment for such a company to bear is too much! And the fact that they even have a 'Reliability' department is somewhat amusing, too.

Personally, what I'd like to do is place all those greedy bankers and hedge fund managers on a blacklist of my own. What could I call it? The Urban Crazy Man's blacklist of greed, lovers of Mammon? But unlike Google, I'd like to keep them on the list permanently!

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