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If you go to this page:

https://www.instructables.com/pages/search/search.jsp?cx=partner-pub-1783560022203827%3Anpr2q7v5m6t&cof=FORID%3A11&ie=ISO-8859-1&q=guitar+slide+sumguysr

and click on the second result, with the URL:

https://www.google.com/url?q=https://www.instructables.com/member/sumguysr/%3Fshow%3Dcomments%26limit%3D500&sa=U&ei=DxQwUNWVCuah0QWm84DgDA&ved=0CAkQFjAB&client=internal-uds-cse&usg=AFQjCNFRIGm1lMtySmLz8cbkTJ5QjiVt7w

you get this message:

This is probably not the site that you are looking for!
You attempted to reach www.instructables.com, but instead you actually reached a server identifying itself as *.a.ssl.fastly.net. This may be caused by a misconfiguration on the server or by something more serious. An attacker on your network could be trying to get you to visit a fake (and potentially harmful) version of www.instructables.com.
You should not proceed, especially if you have never seen this warning before for this site.


Nothing seems to be wrong here (tried different machines, OSes, and Internet connections with same results.)

Something wrong? Or something smelly?

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Kiteman4 years ago
I get the same issue when using the link you post, but when I search for guitar+slide+sumguysr, as you did, none of the links that come up give the same error.

I have no idea what you did, but at least you've shown your security software is working.

rblee (author)  Kiteman4 years ago
Thanks for that - I really put it up in case it was more of whatever Instructables suffered from a short while ago that had Google, at least, blacklisting them.

Thanks again.
kelseymh rblee4 years ago
Thanks for putting it up. You provided a clear and detailed bug report, with enough information to both reproduce the problem and figure out the underlying cause.
rblee (author)  kelseymh4 years ago
After a couple of decades of application design and development, I would be a hypocrite if I didn't give enough information for the relevant knossers to  at least know what questions to ask next, if not actually work it out.

Shame I never had much to do with the sticky end of networking :) (not really...)
kelseymh rblee4 years ago
Yep! Same reason I pay attention to good bug reports and try to assist.

The main point of the Web (this was part of Tim's original design) is that you're not supposed have to deal with the networking stuff!

If you remember the days of FTP, Gopher, Veronica, CompuServe and AOL, BBS downloads, then you remember how you had to keep track of all the individual details of different protocols, how to connect, what commands to use, and on and on and on.

Tim Berners-Lee designed his "WWW" client to have all of that knowledge built in. Users were supposed to just be able to specify the location (URL) of a file, and the software would take care of all of the details to access it. He also designed the HTTP protocol so that it could handle any kind of data, whether ASCII files or binary images or even database query results. That way the user would not have to know what they were asking for, other than the information they wanted.
rblee (author)  kelseymh4 years ago
Oh yes, I remember all that stuff.

The problem has been that Sir Tim's original conception didn't include widespread threats, bullying, and dishonesty. It gives me a satisfying feeling of schadenfreude to hear some of my contemporaries wailing about the rapidly reducing opportunities for anonymity that the web affords, not least due to their endless flame wars and terabytes of stolen copyright works.

If the web is getting over-complicated, over-monitored and over-intrusive, we would do well to ponder on how we got here.

Still, what can you say about something whose acronym contains more than twice as many syllables as it's full name :)
kelseymh rblee4 years ago
:-) Yeah. The Web was invented for particle physicists, who aren't generally as publicly rude as the average YouTube commenter :-/ (We can be vicious in private, but we don't like airing our dirty laundry).

I think if you pronounce it "dubya dubya dubya" it's not quite as bad :-)
rblee (author)  kelseymh4 years ago
World Wide Wait works for me or, in darker moments, Winky Wanky Woo, but lets not go there :)
The user may have been logged into a Google account. The Google-driven search returned an SSL (https:) URL, and included that method in the enclosed I'bles result URL.
rblee (author)  kelseymh4 years ago
Whoo...

That would seem to explain it. Not dangerous, but not clever either.
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