Monday, May 12, 2008

Outside The Box, Sort Of

I want to deviate a bit from what I've been posting about in the past few weeks. I want to make a side note as I sit here in Salisbury University's computer lab, at how DAMN COLD it is, I mean come on, it's the middle of May, and it's 54 F, now for those who are not exactly sure what the norm is for this time of year, we're talking in the 70's or 80's, that's a 20 to 30 degree difference.

Anyway, onto the tech. Today's topic is Windows Live Messenger and the censoring of several different domain types and words. Now I can understand stuff like Mediafire, I mean it CAN theoretically be used to spread various forms of malware, but deviantart? Come on, Microsoft isn't even in direct marketing with Deviantart, and even if they were, why censor DevArt? Are they afraid that someone's art is going to cause someone else an epileptic seizure or something? There are also several other domains that was censored, keyword here is "was".

"Greetings Messenger fans –As some of you noticed, we had a problem from Friday night to Saturday morning where our Messenger service was incorrectly blocking some legitimate IP addresses. We sincerely apologize for any difficulties this caused our users. And we want to thank those of you that reported this problem to us so that we could quickly fix it. Because of your help, the incorrect block was only in place for a few hours. As you can imagine, we are very serious about our efforts to block virus, malware and other harmful URLs from being passed on to our users. And we're continually working to improve this process so that we can keep our users safe without having a negative impact on your Messenger service." was a mistake? Pretty big mistake on their part, hopefully they can get their act together and make sure it doesn't happen again.

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