Error 451: The new code for a censored website
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Error 451: The new code for a censored website

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Move over 404, there's a new error code on the web, but let's hope you don't see it. I'm Bridget Carey, this is your CNET Update. [MUSIC] [SOUND] If the government censors a website, you may come across a new type of error code when you visit the blocked page. Now we've all seen the 404 file not found error and, of course, there are number codes for many other problems. For example, 408 is a request time out and 403 is a forbidden page where access is denied. And now, a new code, which Just approved by the internet engineering steering group, error 451. It's a code for when a website is censored, so you know it's a legal reason, and not the fault of a technical glitch. The code was submitted by Tim Bray. He's the co-author of XML specification and he picked 451 as a nod to the Ray Bradbury novel Fahrenheit 451. It's the story of a society that outlaws and burns all books, which censors ideas. Now there is a hiccup to this concept, some governments can also block the use, Of a 451 code to hide the reason that a site's not working. But if a country doesn't block it, you'll know the difference between a legal takedown request and a site just not allowing access or not working. The Web has changed quite a bit since it first launched. If you want to get nostalgic, the first page on the World Wide Web Went up 25 years ago. British computer scientist, Tim Berners-Lee, published the first web page on December 20, 1990, when he was a researcher at the European Organization for Nuclear Research, known as CERN. You can still see the first page today. The point was to make it easy to search and share electronic documents and it was first used by defense and academic groups. These three Ws here were the first logo created for the World Wide Web project. With dog collars and washing machines now on the web just Think how much the internet is going to change in another 25 years. Well, for those of you just scrolling with boredom through Facebook today on your phone. The social network will now tell you what events are going on near you, and you'll get notifications if your friends are going. In the IOS app, go to events in the "more window." You can find events for today, tomorrow, this week or the weekend, and even next week. It also suggests things that. Thinks you'll like. Now I don't know why it thinks I want to go to the no pants subway ride, but thanks for thinking so highly of me, Facebook. Clearly I need to change how much I share in the New Year. That's it for this second news update, and there's always more on CNET.com. From our studios in New York, I'm Bridget Carey. [MUSIC]

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