It seems that two men, described by eyewitnesses as Asian, have driven a burning vehicle into Glasgow airport, or at least crashed it into the front doors – it didn’t get into the terminal itself.
Apparently the Jeep Cherokee was on fire before crashing into the building. Police restrained and arrested the two men, with help from members of the public.
A Whitehall spokesman said:
the incident was not being treated as a national security threat however the prime minister is being kept informed of developments and is expected to chair a meeting of Cobra – the emergency committee later.
This comes just a day after a car containing explosives was found in Picadilly in London (and BBC’s news report states two cars, so there must have been another somewhere).
It seems odd that there’s a sudden spate of failed attacks. They don’t sound organised enough to have been carried out by real terrorists, in my opinion – they seem too shoddily-done.
Alternatively, for a nice dose of cynical conspiracy theory: perhaps the government had fake attacks performed to justify continued “war on terrorism” in Iraq, Afghanistan etc. :)
(No, I don’t really believe that to be the case).
In another acquisition today (see also last.fm’s acquisition by CBS), eBay has purchased website discovery tool StumbleUpon for approximately $75 million.
StumbleUpon offers a browser toolbar allowing users to submit sites they want, and discover new sites suiting their interests by clicking the “Stumble” button, and giving the option to indicate whether they liked the site or not. Continue reading eBay buys StumbleUpon
CBS has purchased last.fm for $280 million. Congratulations to the last.fm team, I’m sure they’ve put in a lot of work to last.fm, so they sure deserve a nice payout.
It leaves me concerned that last.fm will go downhill and turn into an uninteresting commercialised “cash cow”, but the last.fm blog post states: Continue reading last.fm bought by CBS
OK, StumbleUpon led me to this irritating yet very clever game. It’s like Breakout in that you move a paddle to keep a ball bouncing… but there’s a second ball balancing, and every time you move your paddle to one side, the platform the second ball is on moves the other way. Annoyingly addictive to try to beat your best time. So far I’ve managed 22.995 secs… can you do better?
Found Will Murai’s site via StumbleUpon – some brilliant illustration work, this guy has skills!
This is a test entry in the “asides” category. K2 (the WP theme I use) allows “asides”, which are small entries of lower importance than regular blog entries.
I’d like to be able to use that for little trivial updates. Alternatively, I might try out Twitter and show latest Twitter updates in my sidebar.
Oh dear – just had a spam comment that got past Akismet. That’s the first one it’s missed, out of 842 spam comments it caught, so it’s really not that bad :)
The comment included links (as most spammy comments do) so it was held for moderation anyway.
So far I’m dead happy with Akismet.
My blog hasn’t been running long, but the excellent Akismet has already caught over 100 spam comments for me – with a 100% success rate – no false positives, and none missed either.
Akismet recently cross the big milestone of one billion spams caught – that’s a whole lot of spam! According to the stats, of all submissions passed through Akismet, 95% were spam. With Akismet seeing about 10 million spam messages per day, it’s a good illustration of the scale of the problem.
Continue reading Akismet rocks! (and spammers are a pain)
Meant to post about this a while ago. I’ve set up the DoFollow plugin, which disables the automatic rel=”nofollow” that WP adds to links to combat comment spamming. Akismet is doing a pretty fine job at catching spam, and I mostly moderate comments anyway, so I’m happy to provide Google Juice to people whose links end up on here :)
Continue reading Using DoFollow to give Google Juice
As much as I liked the theme I was using before, Glued Ideas Subtle, I wanted to make my blog look, well, mine, rather than being identical to too many others. Plus, my mate Jim said (probably quite rightly) that the flowery header image didn’t really suit me.
Continue reading Sexy new theme with K2!