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[aprssig] Screen scraper

Andrew Rich vk4tec at tech-software.net
Tue Dec 20 02:07:28 UTC 2005


Steve

That is my google earth to APRS cgi.

I have shut it down for a re-think.

google_earth.cgi Plot from posit.cgi
google_mutli.cgi Plot from posit.cgi
google_line.cgi Plot from posit.cgi

Sorry for the load - will look at a better solution.

Andy VK4TEC

> Anyone on the sig responsible for 63.247.82.82, which resolves to  
> koala.koalahost.com? Web requests just give an error message...
> 
> I admit I've been a bit lax recently because of the hurricane 
cleanup  
> and my new career, but apparently for the last week or so that  
> machine has been hitting the posit cgi more than 60,000 times a day,  
> or roughly 10% of the total findU load. This is obviously  
> unacceptable, and I have blocked this IP from accessing findU. In  
> general I discourage screen scrapers, though if someone wants to hit  
> the server once in a while, especially if in response to a request 
by  
> a user on their server, no big deal. However this is way over the  
> top. If anyone wants to keep their own database they should parse 
the  
> data stream themselves. The APRSworld parser is open source and can  
> be used easily...
> 
> Steve K4HG
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