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Block WordPress Registration Spam with a Custom Captcha

The WordPress platform is a great way to run a blog or website, but it is under constant attack from spammers. Even if you prevent anonymous commenting, require user registration and implement the WP-reCAPTCHA plugin, you might find yourself – as I did – receiving dozens of automated, spammy registrations per day. However they’re getting […]

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The Jubilee Rocket

Wrote this for the Government e-petitions thing, but it’s prohibited by the terms and conditions*. Perhaps the private sector could step in? Education Secretary Michael Gove MP has proposed that, in this Jubilee Year, the UK taxpayer should fund the construction of a new Royal Yacht at a cost of around £60M. Although this would […]

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Henry James on London

IT is difficult to speak adequately or justly of London,” wrote Henry James in 1881. “It is not a pleasant place; it is not agreeable, or cheerful, or easy, or exempt from reproach. It is only magnificent.” From Time.com.

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Lies, Damned Lies, and Daily Mail Headlines

Every so often I receive an email from the Press Complaints Commission with a list of its latest adjudications. As a tech journalist it’s not as useful as the ASA’s list*, but it is interesting reading nonetheless. And last week, while scrolling back, I came across a really remarkable bit of work. Witness this headline […]

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On reading into things

I’m sick. Not, thankfully, depressed – just suffering some kind of headachey, throat-swelley, leg-wobble-y, virus-y lurgy. And so, in between struggling to the kettle and fending cats away from the Night Nurse, I’ve been catching up on some reading. Yesterday, this: The so-called ‘psychotically depressed’ person who tries to kill herself doesn’t do so out […]

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Zombie News: ‘Facebook Causes Divorce’ just will not die

Pic: The Telegraph covers the original press release Back in March 2011 I wrote about a sudden flood of news articles claiming that Facebook was being cited in 20% of US divorce cases. After doing a little digging it transpired that the whole thing had sprung from the continual re-hashing, muddling and alteration of a […]

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