The Burning Bush

Discussion in 'Computer Support' started by lsj7, Oct 29, 2003.

  1. lsj7

    lsj7 Guest

    copied and pasted here

    The news has erupted among blogs today, and certainly points to a sinister
    intent on the part of the White House web site through its ROBOTS.TXT file,
    which now blocks Google and other search engines from recording and creating
    cache copies of web pages in directories labeled "Iraq." (Also I notice
    disallowed directories include ones relating to "911 response.") As Google
    re-spiders the web, it will no longer "find" these pages, and their own
    cache
    will be dumped.

    Curiously, the Whitehouse.gov site's own search engine does not exclude Iraq
    directories, so if you go to their site you can find these pages, but if you
    were searching for information elsewhere on the web - or wanted to compare
    Google-cached files with the live site's pages to see if text has been
    altered
    - you would be prevented from doing so.

    Perhaps this is a violation of the Freedom of Information Act? In any
    event,
    it appears the White House is trying to hide something. It will be very
    interesting to see how mainstream press picks up on this, since this follows
    the recent editing and censoring of pages on other gov't web sites.

    http://www.bway.net/~keith/whrobots/ (less partisan technical explanation)
    http://www.democrats.org/blog/display/00010130.html

    A link to the file in question on the Whitehouse Web site:
    http://www.whitehouse.gov/robots.txt

    --
    lsj7

    It may be true that you can't fool all the people all the time, but you can
    fool
    enough of them to rule a large country.
    ________will durant
     
    lsj7, Oct 29, 2003
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