Thursday, July 16


No Sugar For You!

Darn.  They've run out of Acer EasyStores.  I had assumed that they were selling off the old model cheap, and that appears to have been the case.

I got Pepper and Salt, but it doesn't look like there'll be a Sugar.

Or at least, not a sugar cube.

They do have a new Intel storage appliance that's not much more expensive and looks a lot better on paper - it has a 1.6GHz Celeron instead of a 500MHz ARM, 512MB of memory (upgradeable to 1GB) instead of just 128MB, and offers eSATA and USB as well as the four internal SATA bays.  But it doesn't look as nice and it's quite literally twice the size.

Posted by: Pixy Misa at 12:53 PM | Comments (8) | Add Comment | Trackbacks (Suck)
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1 Okay, another site question:
Does flagging a comment as "junk" do anything to train the Spam filter?   Last day or so, I've gotten a bunch of "paintball" spam comments (looks like pay-to-post stuff), which IIRC reference several different URLs.  I've just been deleting them, but if there's a different procedure that would be more useful, would be glad to do it. 

Posted by: Old Grouch at Friday, July 17 2009 04:01 AM (fx4N3)

2 It's supposed to work that way, but doesn't do so automatically right now.  But when I do work on the spam filters (which I will be this weekend) I can make good use of it - I pick up the posts marked as junk, add them to the filters, and clear them out.

Posted by: Pixy Misa at Friday, July 17 2009 09:42 AM (PiXy!)

3 Okay, I'll save any that are forthcoming.

Meanwhile, poked around a bit and found that the sites involved all use the Plone CMS, and it appears the spammers have automated a way to create accounts if the owners haven't disabled the ability to "create memberships without authentication." Sites so far included a motorcycle club in Colorado, a seemingly-abandoned site for a 2007 conservation conference in Vicksburg, MS, and an Australian artist (link goes to home page, not spam page)!

The common thread in the comments is that the Spam links all include the string "/Members/", as /Members/. I can email a list if you'd like 'em. One (and only one) link is in the post body, a second (which MAY be different) is used as the "poster's" web address.

The links on the hosted spam pages all go to a .info site whose register is a "privacy" operation in Belgium, and whose listed technical contact is in Russia. (doo-doo-doo-doo!) I didn't follow that trail any further.

Posted by: Old Grouch at Friday, July 17 2009 11:57 AM (uKJ7j)

4 Preview ate my metas:
{site address}/Members/{spam item}
where {spam item} is "Paintball", "Degree", "Credit_Score", "Texas", etc...

Posted by: Old Grouch at Friday, July 17 2009 12:00 PM (uKJ7j)

5 Speaking of spam, Ace is being hammered again.

Posted by: Steven Den Beste at Friday, July 17 2009 01:53 PM (+rSRq)

6 I'm putting in a new filter for the old sites this weekend - it plugs into the Minx spam filter, which works a whole lot better (and faster).

Old Grouch - Thanks, I'll do a database sweep of all the spam, and I should be able to pick up those and produce an automated filter for them.

Posted by: Pixy Misa at Friday, July 17 2009 02:16 PM (PiXy!)

7 By the way, that /Members/ spam should be sharply reduced now. smile

Posted by: Pixy Misa at Friday, July 17 2009 03:12 PM (PiXy!)

8 Lookin' good.  Got one 12 hours ago (flagged "Junk"), nothing since.

Posted by: Old Grouch at Friday, July 17 2009 11:59 PM (sXxE9)

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