Google APIs, movie remakes, and explosions.

Mar 17, 2016

It seems that Google has changed its mind about one of their more famous open projects, namely, allowing web developers to use the SOAP protocol to pull data from their network. They've quietly killed the Search SOAP project and pulled the developers' kit from the website. Here's the thing: Google's SOAP API is used to teach developers how to integrate other sites' functionality into their own. You might say that it's the gold standard, about which many books have been written (well, all of them, actually). An open source project called EvilAPI has arisen to provide continued accessbut it's anyone's guess as to whether or not it'll work for long. Rumours are already going around that IP addresses that scrape data from the Google net (rather than pull it using the AJAX search API) are getting banned.

Why not use the AJAX search API? First, it'll take time for people to figure out how to use it and document everything. Second, it has only a fraction of the features of the SOAP API. Third, the AJAX API places unreasonable search limits (only eight hits per query). Your average Google search returns an order of magnitude more than that.

This can't be good. They started filming a remake of WarGames. A couple of weeks ago, a document pertaining to the conditions under which enemy combatants could be photographed was leaked to the ACLU, which promptly made it available even though it carried a security classification of SECRET. The US government, sensing the information leak, freaked out and hauled the ACLU before a grand jury to get them to turn over all copies of the memo extant. The ACLU fought back and the government dropped the case, declassifying the document in the process. The government also released all of their legal documents related to the abortive lawsuit.

This takes the taco, ladies and gentlemen... a high school kid who was mauled by the cannon the football team fires at games for each touchdown is getting threats because they think his injury might keep them from firing it at the next game. Both the student (one Brett Karch) and his parents have been getting threatening phone calls and visits from pissed off football players as well as fans if they don't keep it quiet. The family is also threatened with censure from the town if they continue to aid in the investigation.

During a test shot, the cannon exploded and shrapnel tore into Karch's leg. This didn't even stop the game: The players paid no attention, and aside from the EMT squad, bystanders and attendees scarcely noticed.