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General Chat Thread, Microsoft Bing... in General; Here's one for Monday afternoon: I've been reading El Reg and foudn this Bada Bing tickles UK fancies ? The ...
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    Smile Microsoft Bing...

    Here's one for Monday afternoon:

    I've been reading El Reg and foudn this Bada Bing tickles UK fancies ? The Register

    I've just given it a whirl on our academic network and the county's proxy letting the traffic though.

    Unsurprisingly, a message has been sent to the infrastructure manager

    Ross

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    Yikes! **adds Bing to Smoothie Box...**

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    I've just tried it on our smoothwall express box:

    Weighted phrase limit of 70 : 105 ((images, sexually explicit)+sexually+are at least 18+at least 18 years of age+18 years of age)

    Well done smoothie!

    Gatt, do you have the commercial version? I'm surprised you have needed to add it to block if we have the free version and it blocks accordingly (this is just trying what was suggested on the register).

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    Apart from giving easy access to porn movies, its a very slick graphical interface. Its nice how you juts hover over the thumbnail of the video and it starts playing.

    the real question is will it challenge google?

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    @ dgsmith - tried what was on the reg, but just realised i wasnt going thru the smoothie box

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    Very surprised to see that they are actually proxying the content through their own servers and not just embedding. Renders the content filtering on Microsoft's own ISA Server completely ineffective (as opposed to only moderately ineffective, which is what it was before).

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    Birmingham LEA seem to have it covered.... i cant lower the level it just applys the safe search to it full stop

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    You can get on the images here and turn off safe search, DAMN better block that straight away

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    We're in the process of modifying the cookie control rules so you can't set safesearch to anything but strict. Should be out in tonight's blockies.

    Will have a nose about see if we can do anything else mean

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    Quote Originally Posted by tom_newton View Post
    Will have a nose about see if we can do anything else mean
    I can't help feeling that this comment should be accompanied by some sort of evil manic laughter...

    You just love your job, don't you, Tom?

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    Quote Originally Posted by elsiegee40 View Post
    I can't help feeling that this comment should be accompanied by some sort of evil manic laughter...

    You just love your job, don't you, Tom?
    One word? Yes

    When we can find elegant solutions to block bad lads from whatever foul tricks they are up to on t'internet it gives me a warm glow of happiness...

    Got the devs on adding bing to the list of search engines for which we do term reporting and blocking.

    Reminder to Smoothie users: if you have any search terms you want to see added to any category (currently online games is the largest) please let me know.

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    I think Bing will be another bong, just like Microsoft Live was. I don't believe there's a market anymore in search engines unless Microsoft can come up with something revolutionary and to be honest, they haven't. You can't be no.1 at everything Microsoft

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    Quote Originally Posted by Michael View Post
    I think Bing will be another bong, just like Microsoft Live was. I don't believe there's a market anymore in search engines unless Microsoft can come up with something revolutionary and to be honest, they haven't. You can't be no.1 at everything Microsoft
    Personally I'll be using it, but that's mainly due to issues with Google.

    As to Microsoft Live I do use it, regularly, and find that I prefer it to any other blogging/photosharing/calendar/email/social networking/web file storage/console gaming combination I've found.

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    It actually seems pretty good but I have to say even if it was way better I can't see people moving away from google in the near term unless they really drop the ball. To start with I can't remember the last time that a general user referred to a web search as anything other than 'googling' it. They've got this area sewn up.

    Having said that it's always good to have competition i'd rather MS kept trying rather than just give the market to google as they're probably the only org with the resources to cope.

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    I had wondered what my sharepoint server was up to... the search pane has already changed to show the bing logo rather than the old live logo when returning external results.

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