This morning I had a particularly witty mot involving the Schrödinger's Cat paradox. (It was a peachamaroot!) Wonder Woman queried Schrödinger's Cat. I Googled it to send her a link. First return is from Wikipedia, natch. Click the link. I get this:
Warning - visiting this web site may harm your computer!I click back to the Google return page. Every single return is marked "This site may harm your computer." Every stinking one. I clicked through to "Google's Safe Browsing " page for enlightenment. The first three attempts to load the page failed. When I finally got through, what I was presented with was astonishingly uninformative.
Or you can continue to http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Schr%C3%B6dinger's_cat at your own risk. For detailed information about the problems we found, visit Google's Safe Browsing diagnostic page for this site.
- Return to the previous page and pick another result.
- Try another search to find what you're looking for.
For more information about how to protect yourself from harmful software online, you can visit StopBadware.org.
It's been a few weeks since I worked in the Internet industry. Have I missed a memo or something? Did the Great Gazoogle decide that scaring the crap out of everybody with intrusive interstitial pages warning of malware at innocuous sites like Wikipedia on every single search return was some kind of ideal business model?
[Wavy lines representing Bloggie-Boy actually trying to do some research...]
Ah. It must have been a temporary bug, because I can't replicate it. But seriously, if Google can make a mistake of this magnitude -- even temporarily marking Amazon, eBay, etc., etc., etc., as containing malware -- there's gonna be some shit to pay.
Here's a discussion that, while also not particularly informative, at least proves I'm not crazy.
And perhaps most amusingly, if not surprisingly, a wingnut blogger leaps to the paranoid conclusion that the whole thing's a plot to prevent us from reading his pearls of wisdom...
Update: Google blames human error. Thanks, commenter Robert Z.
Update II: Commenter Reincheque observes that Google "boogered up them freds." Fuck, yeah!