Reader Comments on Aardvark Daily 14 Feb 2001
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From: Tom Vavasour For : The Editor (for publication) Subj: Domainz I went to domainz to check on a domain name and discovered I could not use the site unless I had cookies enabled. In 5 years of surfing I have only accumulated around 5 sites I routinely allow cookies for, so instead of enabling cookies for domainz I accepted manually each repeated attempt to set one only to discover that the only cookie they were setting was "cookies enabled = true" I suppose I should regard this as trivial, but for some reason such unnecessary stupidity annoys the hell out of me. I can't even look at the home page of the people who manage nz domain names unless I let them write "cookies enabled = true" to my computer bugger that for a game of soldiers. From: next2normal For : The Editor (for publication) Subj: freenet 10 free hours please pay in advance freenet 10 free hours please pay in advance is this for real whats wrong with 10 hours first then pay for more when need dumping the free loaders pay by cheque and they want 3 months in advance i want my 10 hours please From: Michael Foreman For : The Editor (for publication) Subj: The Question That Wasn't Asked Hi Bruce Re: The Question That Wasn't Asked You mentioned that I should have asked the IRD whether it had any future plans to use web-crawling as a method of identifying tax dodgers in my follow up article in the Herald. You are absolutely right of course - I can only say in my defence that I was disarmed by the frank and plausible reply given by the IRDís IT manager Tony Lester, who offered to check why the auction site was being scanned. However as your article did not name the site I could not tell him which one was being referred to. Perhaps the server owner could get in touch with Mr Lester through your contact form or via the IRDís website, alternatively Iíd be happy to pass the details on myself. While I agree that the idea of the authorities using bots to trawl web sites or other available online sources would be alarming, I donít believe this is happening in this case. I belatedly managed to get a confirmation from spokesman David Balham today that the IRD will ďdefinitely notĒ be using its crawler for this purpose. Apparently the IRD now reckons the auction site was either scanned as a link in connection with e-procurement or else it could have been a simple mistake. Michael Foreman IT Writer, New Zealand HeraldNow Have Your Say
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