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Is Santorum's "Google Problem" a Google Problem?

od05 Unfortunately, You Can't Remove It. (775 comments)

The only way to derank the results it is to drown it out. It is very unfortunate that they did this to his "name", rather than just news about him.


He can reverse this. I remember when Apple's lack of Flash support was in the news, and Apple successfully drowned out much of the negative press by including dense concentrations of the word "Flash" (referring to the camera) in their press releases. They successfully made searches for "iphone flash" show links to their pages rather than to blogs complaining about the iphone not having Flash.

I personally feel that search engine manipulation is a problem, and while I commend Google's position on their neutrality - I feel some precedence should be given when it involves peoples names. If you have a unique name and somebody blogs bad things about you, you are stuck with those results *for life* every time someone Google's you.

Because of Section 230(c) of the Communications Decency Act, the material has been found to be defamatory by a court, as evidenced by a court order, limiting such an option to only those in power, or those who can afford a decent lawyer. It's evil.

more than 2 years ago

SOPA and PIPA So Far

od05 This is very bad. (273 comments)

SOPA would have many unintended consequences.

My specific concern is regarding data centers that utilize shared hosting. Most "Cloud Computing" organizations share IP addresses and DNS server addresses. If they were to block a DNS then not only would the site in question go down, so would all the other sites sharing that host DNS. This is terrible news for anyone who utilizes a colocation data center, as it puts the reliability of your site at risk - even if you aren't doing anything wrong.

Call your senators and representatives and tell them that SOPA is very, very bad. It MUST be stopped.

I called my senator. You should too.

about 3 years ago

Occupy Flash?

od05 80/20 Rule (507 comments)

Here are my real-life stats on my site for the past 30 days. The real-amount of people using iOS devices is still small.

Operating System Visits Operating System contribution to total:
1 Windows 1,862 88.62%
2 Macintosh 119 5.66%
3 Linux 32 1.52%
4 iPhone 29 1.38%
5 Android 25 1.19%
6 (not set) 20 0.95%
7 iPad 11 0.52%

Out of those people, 94.62% of all visitors had identified some version of Flash. My site utilizes Flash heavily.

I've tried Adobe Wallaby and Google Swiffy, neither does a perfect job converting to HTML5, especially with AS3 files. Edge doesn't support rollovers/hover yet, fortunately actions made it into the latest release. The Flash content on my site views fine on most browsers (including my Droid). Given the small amount of iOS users, I don't plan on converting my Flash content to HTML5 it anytime soon. Until a significant amount of iOS users contribute traffic, I don't see it as much of a problem.

more than 3 years ago

Google Releases New Image Format Called WebP

od05 Re:Halo (378 comments)

I don't see that very annoying JPEG halo affect in the WebP image. Compare the blue background around the football player's head.

EFFECT. Affect is verb and effect is a noun.

more than 4 years ago

Chinese 'Apple Peel' Turns iPods Into iPhones

od05 Re:It is a phone (178 comments)

My Samsung Moment lasts a day, at best.

more than 4 years ago

iPhones, FStream and the Death of Satellite Radio

od05 Re:The new Sirius lineup (397 comments)

Boneyard is not Buzzsaw, all they play is AC/DC on that channel.

more than 6 years ago


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