Reading, Writing, and Arithmetic
I’ve been encountering some really silly software lately. I was trying to visit the homeland stupidity blog, with Safari and the most-excellent pithhelmet, and I get this message:
We’re sorry, but we could not fulfill your request for /2007/04/21/astroglide-data-breach-exposes-customer-information/ on this server.
An invalid request was received from your browser. This may be caused by a malfunctioning proxy server or browser privacy software.
Your technical support key is: 4051-a119-45b3-5e30
You can use this key to fix this problem yourself.
If you are unable to fix the problem yourself, please contact badbots at ioerror.us and be sure to provide the technical support key shown above.
This is broken. I’m trying to read. My request is well-formed HTTP. Bloggers like readers, right? If you’re an attacker and trying to blog spam in some way, this doesn’t help. You’ll add a referrer header. Blocking some URLs that come in without an HTTP referrer header might help a little, but all this does is lose you readers.
I don’t know who’s to blame for this really ill-considered software, but it blocks me from visiting URLs I’ve bookmarked at a couple of blogs. Oh well. You’ve lost me as a reader. So, homeland stupidity, no link for you. Not knowing the difference between reading and writing means you don’t me as a reader for your blog.