Al-Queda plot to bring down UK internet

SCOTLAND YARD has uncovered evidence that Al-Qaeda has been plotting to bring down the internet in Britain, causing chaos to business and the London Stock Exchange.

In a series of raids, detectives have recovered computer files revealing that terrorist suspects had targeted a high-security internet “hub” in London.

The facility, in Docklands, houses the channel through which almost every bit of information on the internet passes in or out of Britain.

Yikes I once worked for a few months out of Telehouse and it does remind you of CTU, when you go in and out (it has tubes that blow air over you and detect explosives)

There’s lot of commercial traffic passing through there not just internet traffic, so this is an interesting development. [via]

Charlie Brooker, what a sucker

The trouble started the afternoon someone from Orange rang me up to say, “Hey, valued customer – do you want a free phone?” At first I wasn’t interested, but he went on and on about how popular and great the Samsung E900 was, then promised me free texts at weekends for life if I said yes. So I gave in.

er..I doubt it was Orange, more likely some Orange dealer who guessed your number or got it from some dodgy other dealer.

I’ve had a few of these calls, some on my work mobile with the same offer. The first question you ask is which Orange department are you from..and they quickly hang up.

It’s all down to the commission O pays for upgrades, it drives this behavior.

So if you’re stupid enough to say yes to some random person on the phone and commit to spend approx 300 quid then more fool you. [via]



Originally uploaded by Rob Evans.

This was nuts, eating in the resturant of the Radisson SAS in Frnakfurt, I asked for the Fillet steak (I didn’t know we were going to a steak house the next night!!) with jacket potato and sour cream dressing.

The potato came in foil as you can see in the picture and the sour cream came poured over the potato wrapped in foil..nuts!

The Frankfurt Steak House

During my stay in Frankfurt we made a trip to ‘the Steak House’. It’s not a place to go if you’re a veggie or if you like well done steaks. I asked for mine to be cooked ‘medium to well done’ only to be told “medium will do”.

Huge steaks, huge portions,the place was packed for a Wednesday evening, lot’s of American accents obviously getting a taste of home.

So, if you’re in Frankfurt and fancy a steak there is no other place.

Links that don’t link

..the availability of easy-to-use and simply elegant web-based IM services such as Meebo. Why is that?

Try the link in the text above taken from GigaOm. It doesn’t go to Meebo like you think it would it goes to more posts about Meebo.

I hate this, it drives me nuts.

Yes have links to your other posts on the subjects and certain blogs do, at the bottom of the page.

But when it’s in the text and you think, hmm Meebo what are they and you click the link and expect to go to the Meebo website but you don’t

That’s wrong, so wrong and must stop.

I think it cheats people into going to other pages within your site and as a result increases your page (adsense) counts..a cynical view maybe, but I can’t think of any other reason why this misleading practice is perpetuated!