I do not understand why Twitter does not filter simple spam bots. It appears like spam bots “ride” trending topics to offer their merchandise (or even compromising links). Every email client can filter out these simple spams, but twitter cannot?
But that’s not really a reason for a blog post. In the Rules section I found the following clause:
You are not a national or resident of any of the following countries or provinces: Burma (Myanmar), Cuba, Iran, North Korea, Quebec, Sudan and Syria, or anywhere where the contest is prohibited by law. Burma (Myanmar), Cuba, Iran, North Korea, Sudan, and Syria are restricted by US export controls and sanctions programs and are therefore not eligible to participate in Code Jam. Google reserves the right to relax any of these restrictions if permitted by law before the start of the Qualification Round.
It is interesting to see Quebec (Canada) in the same list with countries that are restricted by US export controls and sanctions. Google does not offer any explanation, but I found s Google Group Discussion that sheds some light.
A senior official of the Presidential Office said, “The WiBRO business is a new business where the license holders make investment with the frequencies, asset belonging to the public. But, the failure of the investment is a big trouble. The President believes that this issue should not be disregarded any longer.”
The report goes on exploring different punishment schemes, Revoking Licenses, Fines and more.
To summarize it shortly (and bluntly): Wibro has Failed!
I am not really a bing user.
Now, that I got that statement out of my system.
Bing.com homepage has a wonderful tribute to Hiroshima. Please note the boxes on the picture which display more information on Hiroshima (and Japan):