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Owen Blacker
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Mainly-gay, mainly-Welsh lefty geek. Ad agency tech lead, mySociety director/trustee, ORG director and advisor
Mainly-gay, mainly-Welsh lefty geek. Ad agency tech lead, mySociety director/trustee, ORG director and advisor

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Anyone able to help me with installing my working-elsewhere ASP.Net app onto a new webserver? ImageMagick is not (never) my friend :(
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On 9 July 2015, the European Parliament could effectively kill street photography across Europe.
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If you have a Moonpig.com account, you should delete it right now and contact your credit card company saying that your details might have been compromised.

Moonpig's security is so incompetent that they were notified of a security vulnerability in their API in September (Edit: August 2013, not Sept 2014) and didn't fix it. That vulnerability is as serious as it can get — an unauthenticated API call can get the credit card details of any customer just by submitting a sequential customer ID.

To my mind, the Information Commissioner's Office (ICO) should be investigating them and suing the living shit out of their management team. That is not just incompetence but criminal negligence.

Frankly, if you've worked as a coder at Moonpig, you should scratch it from your CV right now. I won't ever want to hire you; you shouldn't be allowed near code.
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Google+ drops its stupid "real names" policy. About damn time
When we launched Google+ over three years ago, we had a lot of restrictions on what name you could use on your profile. This helped create a community made up of real people, but it also excluded a number of people who wanted to be part of it without using their real names. 

Over the years, as Google+ grew and its community became established, we steadily opened up this policy, from allowing +Page owners to use any name of their choosing to letting YouTube users bring their usernames into Google+. Today, we are taking the last step: there are no more restrictions on what name you can use. 

We know you've been calling for this change for a while. We know that our names policy has been unclear, and this has led to some unnecessarily difficult experiences for some of our users. For this we apologize, and we hope that today's change is a step toward making Google+ the welcoming and inclusive place that we want it to be. Thank you for expressing your opinions so passionately, and thanks for continuing to make Google+ the thoughtful community that it is.
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Anyone particularly good with IIS7 URL rewriting, which doesn't seem to be terribly well documented.

Bonus points if you know Ruslan Yakushev and can get this post in front of him  ;)
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Anyone particularly good at IIS7 URL rewriting and able to give me a hand?
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I wrote to my MP about him having cosponsored the HIV entry barrier amendment last week.

Having been off sick today with manflu, I finally got round to picking imagery to illustrate the letter, so I could post it on +Medium.
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Google Fonts recently switched to using new Zopfli compression algorithm:  the fonts are ~6% smaller on average, and in some cases up to 15% smaller! For example, Open Sans is one of the most popular fonts and is now more than 10% smaller -- this translates to faster load times and faster rendering.

What's Zopfli? It's an algorithm that was developed by the compression team at Google that delivers ~3~8% bytesize improvement when compared to gzip with maximum compression. This byte savings comes at a cost of much higher encoding cost, but the good news is, fonts are static files and decompression speed is exactly the same. Google Fonts pays the compression cost once and every clients gets the benefit of smaller download. If you’re curious to learn more about Zopfli: http://bit.ly/Y8DEL4

In short, faster web fonts - yay!
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