By Sean Carroll | January 27, 2007 9:11 pm

Our crack team of blog experts has finally identified the problem that was causing the alignment problems in the latest version of Internet Explorer. So if you’ve stopped reading the blog because it didn’t look right, you can come back now! Of course, since you’re not reading this, you’ll never know.

We’ve also taken steps to decrease the number of “CPU allocation exceeded” errors, and to prevent people with domains to comment without being labeled as spam. But there are still some issues there — especially if you can’t comment, please do let us know.

  • Shantanu

    Sean can you blog a little about this conference ?
    It looks exciting and am eagerly looking forward to the talks being online

  • Larry

    Cool cuz that was bugging me. I just started only reading the articles on my rss reader.

  • Richard

    Hmmm, an example of the law of conservation of bugs? It still looks OK in Safari, but both Omniweb (my favorite browser) and Firefox are having problems with this. In both those browsers, the top banner is merely a solid blue box with nothing in it. “Cosmic Variance – random samplings from the universe of ideas” is missing together with the graphic behind it. Also, the side bar no longer has a light blue background — it’s all white. And the dark blue color that normally surrounds the the content on the right and left sides is now a light grey. And the comment box in which I’m typing at the moment now looks like some kind of ugly Windows thing.

  • Sean

    Firefox on a Mac? That’s what I’m using, and it looks perfectly fine. I suspect that you just need to clear the cache — there were some ugly moments in there while it was being fixed.

    Shantanu, I might (maybe) blog about the conference, perhaps after the talks are available.

  • Richard

    Clearing the cache did in fact correct the problem in both Omniweb and Firefox browsers.

  • B

    THANKS! I had gotten quite tired of extra-launching Firefox for you…


  • Amara

    testing… (I think your comments don’t let me in any more)

  • Amara

    Never mind. A ‘few minutes’ to appear was closer to five, but all is working.

  • zq

    Just to give you an idea how many computers in the world are trying to spread spams on blogs. See IP list of computers that have been trying to post spams on my blog.

  • John Phillips

    Nice one Sean, as for various reasons I prefer to use IE7 and it is perfect now.

  • Amara

    zq: I understand. My crappy Italian ISP (FastWeb) with which I connect to the Internet is blacklisted by SORBS because their sysadmins apparently don’t know how to protect their domain blocks from open relay spammers. I’ve complained twice to them in the last 6 months. Unfortunately FastWeb is the only workable broadband Internet service offered in my area (that’s why they don’t care about their service).

    Since my personal domain from where I send email and have my web site is on a different and well-managed ISP in Calif. and I have strong spam filters, if I send myself email, then it is trapped in my own excellent Bayesian spam filters. Ironic, no?

  • Alexey Petrov

    none of my comments appeared so far…

  • Sean

    What comments? If you submit comments that don’t appear after a few minutes, please email us soon. We’re experimenting with new spam-fighting software.

  • Alexey Petrov

    Ok, Sean — will do. One thing, though is that four out of five comments didn’t appear w/out any warning, one comment did trigger your antispam beast (I guess I had a link in that one)…

  • mollishka

    Do you know why the number of comments on a post and the number listed on the navigation bar don’t agree?

  • Sean

    mollishka, it’s an unknown bug.

  • Count Iblis

    The tweak hasn’t fully solved the problem although it is better tha what it was. In the string theory thread the postings are still moving to the left for increasing posting numbers.

    It seems that for any given number of tweaks you can always find a number N of blog comments such that for all n > N the n-th blog comment will appear partially off the screen :)


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Sean Carroll is a Senior Research Associate in the Department of Physics at the California Institute of Technology. His research interests include theoretical aspects of cosmology, field theory, and gravitation. His most recent book is The Particle at the End of the Universe, about the Large Hadron Collider and the search for the Higgs boson. Here are some of his favorite blog posts, home page, and email: carroll [at] .


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