November 16th, 2006

Tall ships (porthole)

The Ban Hammer™!

x-posted to boggyb and techsupport

Followup to the previous: ITS have unleashed the Ban Hammer™:

People banned for spamming

ITS has a policy of suspending the computer accounts of people who send email to groups on campus that are off subject ...

Some people whose accounts have been suspended have been anxious because they have been unable to complete urgent university work. This problem can be avoided by taking care not to send junk mail.

Tall ships (porthole)

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I'd forgotten how good some of the radio stations over here are.

No, scratch that. I'd forgotten how some radio stations are in general. I'm currently listening to MW 1422, which in Brighton is a transmission from Deutschlandfunk in Germany (actually, I'm cheating and using their wma stream as the signal isn't that good.

One step up from 1422 is 1431, the student union radio (which I can just pick up here), and then at 1440 is a very strong german transmission
Tall ships (porthole)

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Noooo! The stupid people keep destroying email clients with their spam!

Even after ITS publicly whacked several people with a Ban Hammer™, and the original idiot has sent a mass email correctly (via BCC) warning about said Ban Hammer™.

Hmm, that's a thought - I want an inflatable hammer that has "Ban Hammer™" written on the side of it. That or a working implementation of MegaTokyo's Whack-A-Troll™.
Tall ships (porthole)

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Hmm, that's the first time I've ever seen a 5-port cheap'n'cheerful switch stop forwarding packets. The normal failure mode is to turn into a hub, not a black hole.

I think this falls into the category of "It did *what* to the network? Cool!"


(for those who are curious, I managed this by unplugging a wireless bridge and instead plugging a wired link into a different port. I think the switch kept forwarding all packets to the port the bridge was in, rather than be sensible and broadcast until it worked out where to send them)
Tall ships (porthole)

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I'm intrigued. Without really trying, I've managed to make my site rank suprisingly highly in Google for things like "Giant's Causeway" or "Petworth Lake sunset".

Looking through web logs reveals all sorts of interesting behaviour. I had no idea there were so many search engines actively being used.