Posted by sean on April 16, 2006 at 10:22 am in Geek Stuff with No Comments

It now looks like I am winning the war against MySpace users. I have finally sorted out how to deal with the bastards stealing images from my website and placing them onto their pages.

The original plan was simply to display a dead image when they steal one of mine but then thought up something far better and evil.

Every MySpace account which places one of my images directly onto their website (leaching direct from my server) will now get a massive black square where the original image should be. Now when I say massive I mean massive.

Your desktop resolution is more than likely 800×600 or 1024×786. This means that the maximum amount of screen space which can be displayed without the need to scroll up/down/left/right is either 800×600 or 1024×768 pixels. The black square has a resolution of 4000×4000 pixels!

As MySpace web pages rely heavily upon tables, placing an image of that size in one can seriously affect the appearance of the site.

In case you were wondering, what I am doing it is by no means illegal and is not a case of hacking. They chose to link to my images without permission (which in the website development world is very discourteous), they must face the consequences. The black square can easily be removed by the MySpace user, simply taking out the link to my image.

It is just my little way of stopping the bastards who are too cheap to find their own web space and steal other peoples. If you want to look at an example of “the black square” take a look here (about two thirds down the page). Hopefully though by the time you click the link the MySpace user may have figured out that there’s a fucking great black hole in her website and remove it.

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