Some new HTTP verbs


Photo of an orange cat chewing on the wires coming out of the back of a computer.

Hyper-Text Transfer Protocol is, by some measure, the most popular way for computers to talk to each other on the Internet1. Generally speaking2, clients (like browsers) talk to servers using a set number of HTTP "verbs". This tells the server what sort of thing the client is trying to do. The two most popular3 verbs…

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Why Does Twitter Think Facebook is Swedish?


I've nothing against the Swedes. Lovely people. Sweden is the third-largest country in the European Union by area. But I'm not from there. Neither, as far as I am aware, is Facebook. But Twitter seems to think so. When I share a link to Twitter on Facebook, this (sometimes) happens. And sometimes, I get this…

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Why Are @VirginMedia Hijacking My HTTP Connections?


It is a truth universally acknowledged, that an ISP in possession of a good Internet connection must be in want of a customer. One would think that, in these capitalist times, ISPs would compete over who could provide the fastest speed, the best service, and the lowest price. Sadly, in the UK, our ISPs seem…

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Path - Privacy & Security Problems


I'm trying out the new Android app for Path - the new social networking service. I've discovered something rather troubling... Most of the app's communication with the Path servers is over SSL. This means that no-one can see the data you're sending and receiving. If there are snoops on your network, they will only be…

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