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Opera 9 Beta Cookies Bug

I would be trying out Opera 9 beta right about now, but it appears that the cookies bug described here has been made worse with Opera 9 Beta. The workaround no longer works at all. I posted as much here. I’m hoping this gets fixed soon — I wasn’t surprised to see this in a…

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Vigilantism

Blue Security, the geniuses that made news a while back advertising their intent to create a network to DoS spammers, are back in the news again. The reason is hardly surprising. Blue Security themselves were the result of a massive DoS attack. How did they respond? According to this NANOG post, by switching their DNS…

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Mambo vs. Joomla

As we use and deploy more CMS software, we have been increasingly wondering what the differences exactly between Mambo and Joomla are. I knew that Joomla was a fork of Mambo, but I wasn’t clear on why they forked. Fortunately, I found this excellent article that takes a tour of the turmoil and history surrounding…

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Firefox XMLHttpRequest and SOCKS

A friend of mine pointed me at this site: http://www.mapable.com/. A neat, but forgettable site. It uses the Google Maps API to display a map with real-time chatting between people on .. the map. It uses the client IP address to extrapolate geolocation and display it on the map, so they can talk in tiny…

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When Bureaucracy Attacks

We try to stay away from politics here on the centresource blog, but this is one area where they have affected security and technology, so I’ll keep this neat and quick: One of the more amusing gifts we’ve been blessed with as a result of the PATRIOT Act is the set of “security” questions that…

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Google Mars

On the day of Percival Lowell‘s birthday, Google has announced the launch of Google Mars (think Google Maps but for Mars, get it?). Noel Gorelick (a friend of mine) and Michael Weiss-Malik from Arizona State University worked with Google to combine google maps technology with the data from THEMIS, the most detailed imagery of Mars…

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The Battle Continues

Well, yesterday’s foolproof method of defeating trackback spam is today’s old news. Seriously no less than 24 hours after I proclaimed victory, I have started getting trackback spam that defeats the validation method by maintaining a list of the links, rotating out the URLs as it spams them — on the same page as their…

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WordPress Trackback Notification

Last month, I posted about the methods we use to block comment and trackback spam. As I noted then, we hadn’t had one single successful comment/trackback spam then, or since. However there was still one tremendous annoyance. Dan Sandler’s trackback validator plugin effectively eliminates the trackback spam, however WordPress was still stubbornly e-mailing me about…