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evil alert

What do you call a site which, to display a page, requires so many hundreds of cookies to be set – or at least brings up so many hundreds of cookie alerts, possibly all doing the same thing – that you simply lose count and the will to ... live with the page, and so go away?

posterity

Funniest comment in weeks:

“thanks all, will put amended version into a Word doc for posterity”

Now why is that funny?  Er, because we already canʼt read five-year-old word documents?  Not exactly, I mean, quite often we canʼt read ten second old word documents.

Plone: Born to be Wild

...and free once more to roam...

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Yes: thirty one escapes in a css file generated via zettwerk.ui, as found in the Zope Management Interface ... I assume thatʼs five levels of processing safety.  Impressive?

suspect utilities

Whatever else will happen in the Bradley Manning trial, it is apparent that the prosecution will be careful to present anything that could possibly be seen as out of order when it comes to his use of equipment – at least, based on this report in The Guardian:

Military computer experts told the hearing that they had found a computer programme called Wget that is used to speed up the transfer of files, and another called Roxio for burning CDs.

So, this may not be news, but possession of standard operating system utilities or the most commonly distributed applications may be regarded as incriminating evidence.  And be reported as such.  I commented on this recently in another place, to which the entirely valid response was made that use of Roxio may have been illicit on a military computer.  Even that may be too broad – it could be that Bradley Manningʼs unit were not allowed to use Roxio or wget on specific computers, or perhaps he was personally banned from using them at all.  But none of these seem likely – or at least, not very sensible.

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