Why has Microsoft granted Saddam Hussein's son a .NET passport?
A Microsoft representative would not comment on the issuance of a passport to the murderer, rapist, torturer and smuggler, but said Microsoft complies with all trade laws. Looks like it's time for Iraq to switch to Linux. Also, Yahoo is likely in violation of U.S. trade sanctions against Iraq by providing him with a free email account. You can show your support for 38-year-old Uday by emailing him at firstname.lastname@example.org
. What next? Cancel the accounts of all criminals?
posted by tapeguy
on Nov 11, 2002 -
A former janitor at the Yahoo! offices wrote to The Mercury News about his experience: $16K/yr, no benefits, no union. Reads like a page from Barbara Ehrenreich's "Nickel and Dimed."
In the wake of the e-bubble and Enron economy, cleaning out the wastebaskets still gets no respect...or does it? Discuss. (Thanks to J. Romenesko)
posted by serafinapekkala
on Nov 4, 2002 -
"Our goal is to become bigger than Yahoo"
"...We don't serve banners or pop-ups...We will not rent, sell or trade your personal information...
Out of the gate, we make money through Google's advertisements - Google sells the ads, Dell pays Google and Google pays us....Does it work? Yes. In fact, we will be profitable in our first month of operation." Could this be a Google back-door attempt to begin to move into Yahoo territory, or are they just starry-eyed dreamers? Their mission
, and some answers
from the founder, apparently the same people behind iWon.com. PS Site really does look like a Yahoo carbon copy. There must be some copyright issues.
posted by Voyageman
on Nov 2, 2002 -
's getting into the act of remembering last year with a reasonably classy homage on their site. Spot any other tributes on the major sites?
posted by PWA_BadBoy
on Sep 10, 2002 -
on a Yahoo News photo of the former World Trade Center site. I wonder if this is some subtle hack or if it's just someone at Yahoo screwing around. The URL seems to be legitimate, but I can't find that photo with the same caption in Yahoo's regular photo rotation
posted by mrbula
on Sep 5, 2002 -
Beverly Hillbillies, Redux!
No... not a new movie, but a reality series under development by the shiny and shimmering Tiffany Network
. CBS scouts are scouring for a "rural, rustically telegenic" family to be whisked to a brand new home in Beverly Hills, and have a life of luxury bestowed upon them for a period of a year... cameras following them all the way. Crass exploitation of the poor when the gap between rich and poor gets larger and larger? Fun idea to see what happens when someone's dreams come true? Somewhere in the middle? What do people think?
posted by tittergrrl
on Aug 28, 2002 -
NTK is reporting
that a bug in Yahoo Mail causes inbound email containing script keywords like "eval" to be modified even when they are used innocuously. One result is that any instance of the string "eval" gets changed to "review", even when it's a substring of a larger word.
Note the large number of documents on the web that use the words medireview
(for "evaluate"), and reviewuation
(for "evaluation"). Is this entirely the result of the Yahoo Mail issue, or do these transformations occur in other web authoring applications?
posted by dougb
on Jul 12, 2002 -
Yahoo! Internet Life Magazine about to close:
Remember the mid-90's and its big slew of "hip" net magazines? The Web, Netguide,
and too many others to mention? YIL joins the net mags graveyard as, not surprisingly, consequence of the dotcom bubble burst and next-to-nil ad revenue. I would add general user's maturity to the factors.
posted by betobeto
on Jul 9, 2002 -
Pimps and Gangs Subtracted From Math Test "Rufus is a pimp for three girls. If the price is $65 per trick, how many tricks per day must each girl turn to support Rufus' $800 per day crack habit?"
So reads a math test from a now suspended Canadian teacher, apparently modeled after this joke
posted by bloggboy
on Jun 14, 2002 -
Yahoo!'s new front page
went into beta today.
I know the story was posted, but I thought the actual page deserved a link that wasn't buried in day-old comments...
posted by kfury
on Jun 10, 2002 -
Revamping Yahoo's Homepage
"The redesign is being fueled partly by advertisers, which are increasingly demanding more real estate on highly visible spots such as Yahoo's home page. Advertisers are irked that they can only buy minimal exposure on the main page of a site that draws a massive audience."
posted by Irontom
on Jun 10, 2002 -
When stupid laws attack: this article
points out that the widely syndicated article
about thwarting the copy protection of sony's CDs is a direct violation of the DMCA
. Will news directors at Reuters, Yahoo, and CNN be seeing fines and jail time soon? How many times does it have to be pointed out that the DMCA restricts free speech as it attempts to thwart piracy at any cost? (via k5
posted by mathowie
on May 24, 2002 -
Starving Bacteria of Iron Helps Wipe Out Body Odor.
Scientists find that blocking bacteria's supply of iron works better at suppressing B.O. than the traditional deodorant method off killing off the bacteria with ethanol.
"expert odor assessors who sniffed the participants' armpits found that the experimental combination worked better than ethanol at reducing odor, with longer-lasting effects."
Just when you think *your* job stinks. Now, when will they come up with a way to suppress the Indian cooking odor in my apartment building?
posted by Tubes
on May 21, 2002 -
from our friends at Yahoo.
Is this a classic case of overstretching one's ability to adequately provide information and services? Shouldn't companies like AOL & Yahoo be old enough now to be able to focus on core competencies and stop trying to be masters of everything?
posted by Frasermoo
on Apr 29, 2002 -
Mail servers down, Yahoo denies all
All my buddies have bouncing Yahoo mail and no one knows what's going on. This, unfortunately for Yahoo, coincides with the launching of their pay for mail service. Does anyone have a scoop on this?
posted by djacobs
on Apr 25, 2002 -
The 'Phantom Patriot'
wearing a skeleton mask, body armor and a costume emblazoned with the words "Phantom Patriot," infiltrated the 2,700-acre (1,090 hectare) Bohemian Grove, site of a secretive annual retreat featuring some of the most powerful men in the United States. He was arrested after a brief stand-off with police, and later told investigators he was prompted to act after hearing a Texas-based radio talk-show host discuss possible child sacrifice at the site.
posted by Stuart_R
on Apr 18, 2002 -
Like they say, it really is "indubitably the most astounding web-based email application on earth." I was skeptical, but their drag-and-drop interface is so clean and functional that comparing it to Microsoft Hotmail or Yahoo! Mail is like comparing a Frank Lloyd Wright house to a birdcage made of Tinkertoys. All DHTML, so it requires IE 5+ on Windows. Netscape, Opera, Mac, and Linux users are out of luck. (Welcome to the effects of market share
posted by monkey-mind
on Apr 6, 2002 -
. Accountholders are now subscribed to lots of newsletters plus junk mail and telemarketing. You can change your preferences
and send Yahoo some feedback
. You can't prevent them from subscribing you to new products without closing your account. Will going to an opt-out system help or hurt their bottom line? Will there be a backlash?
posted by neuroshred
on Mar 30, 2002 -
White house announces more silly and vague schema
for defining terrorist threat. Ok, so how does going from the total unclear status of "everybody lookout, it's coming" to Yellow Alert which means "a significant risk of terrorist attacks" make things more clear? For that matter what's the point of Red Alert anyhow? Is that for when the Pentagon is already on fire?
posted by shagoth
on Mar 12, 2002 -
Ginger... iMac... Yahoo?
It looks like Yahoo! is taking a page from Steve Jobs's book
, promising something that's 'so big there's never been anything like it on the Internet, or anywhere else.' Liftoff is 1 PM Pacific Time on Wednesday which, incidentally, is just after trading closes at NASDAQ.
posted by kfury
on Mar 11, 2002 -
was once the darling of the online world to every-man wanted to post his own web site. Free space for all, and all were happy. Then Yahoo! bought it, and the dot-com collapse occurred. Now, GeoCities offers new premium packages
, offering more features. But at $19.95 before you can even having scripting, traditional web hosts greatly undercut Yahoo!'s offering, and offer more in terms of features still.
posted by benjh
on Mar 11, 2002 -
New owners purchase the San Jose Sharks
George Gund III sold a majority share of the team to a group including Stratton Sclavos [Verisign], Tom McEnery [former mayor], Kevin Compton [Kleiner Perkins], Greg Reyes [Brocade], Gary Valenzuela [past Yahoo CFO], and Harvey Armstrong [MyCFO].
My only question... where is Scott McNealy?
posted by swenson
on Feb 27, 2002 -
Corporate censorship in China
(via slashdot). I guess censorship and collusion in the repression of people is okay if you're making profits for your shareholders. An eye-opening look into the way that corporations are helping to facilitate censorship on the Internet in China. AOL and Yahoo's attitudes to what I thought were universal human rights is nothing short of sickening.
posted by pixelgeek
on Feb 18, 2002 -
are the latest fad that the company's come up with. It makes your chatting easier, prettier and more fun
- and a lot more bulky and resource hungry. I don't know how many people here actually use Y!, but my guess is this wont take long to disappear.
posted by arnab
on Dec 31, 2001 -
launches today. The service will charge people a monthly subscription fee to download and stream digital music, launched through its Web distribution partnerships with Yahoo, MSN Music and Roxio. A free 14 day trial is available.
posted by riffola
on Dec 19, 2001 -
Pranksters at Yahoo?
Something strikes me about this Yahoo Winter Vacation Deals
flash ad that sometimes appears on the right hand side of news story pages like this one
. Is there something going on here, or do I need to have my (ahem) head examined? (Flash required)
posted by SilentSalamander
on Dec 10, 2001 -
Have a business? Want its site listed on Yahoo? From this point on, you have to use Yahoo! Express
, which means you have to pay $299
for them to just consider
your site. Does this diminish the validity of Yahoo's listings, or is this just the inevitable result of the dot-com decline?
posted by mrbula
on Dec 5, 2001 -
Arrest in Trenton NJ.
Looks like the Feds may be onto something in the anthrax investigation. Makes you wonder why this rapidly slipped to the back pages on Yahoo, though...
posted by shagoth
on Nov 3, 2001 -
It was with great fanfare from Yahoo
, and uproar from the users, that Yahoo took over Webring
last year. Now, with not so much as a whisper, they have given it back up
. It still looks and feels like the Yahoo Webring, but many of the functions that were stripped from the Yahoo version of the system have been reinstituted. Is this too little, too late -- or will Webring
be able to steal back some of its former users from sites such as RingSurf
who benefited so greatly from Webring's previous demise?
posted by elfgirl
on Oct 15, 2001 -
made a subtle change to its site today to raise awareness
about a cancer that will be diagnosed in 192,000 women in the U.S. this year.
posted by rcade
on Oct 2, 2001 -
Subscription-based web tools: another nail in the coffin of free web services?
Yahoo is apparently testing the waters for a subscription-based web Office app. I use their (free) email
tools on occasion. Nice to have, but you have to wonder how long they can remain free. Don't know if I would pay for them, depends on what service level guarantees they would offer in return. How would people would react if they suddenly started charging for these things? Is it still too unrealistic to wonder how long till our operating system needs a local drive only to boot up?
posted by mmarcos
on Sep 28, 2001 -
Apparently wildcard DNS is a trademark violation now.
Yahoo is suing the owner of the sex.com
domain, because the latter uses wildcard DNS. This means that if you type "yahoo.sex.com" (or "anything.sex.com", for that matter) in your browser, you get taken to sex.com's main site. Yahoo is suing because that it could cause the public to mistakenly believe that the sex site "is connected with, sponsored by, or approved in some way by Yahoo," and therefore constitutes trademark infringement.
posted by RylandDotNet
on Aug 24, 2001 -
These showed up during MeFi's absence. I personally favor them over the "Most Viewed Images" list. Workers beware, it's effortless to blow an hour or so checking out all of the neatly organized topics.
posted by winterdrm
on Aug 23, 2001 -
Germs from Jupiter? Viruses from Venus?
Nope, just live
space-borne bacteria discovered floating around Earth. "Although the bugs from space are similar to bacteria on Earth, the scientists said the living cells found in samples of air from the edge of the planet's atmosphere are too far away to have come from Earth." (via waldo.net)
posted by carobe
on Aug 2, 2001 -