Sunday, 16 October 2011

Tick Tock Tick Tock

The mayhem continues.

Still no archives for many members.
Still no Preview function.
Still no Edit function.
Still no threading.
Still nothing of substance from the management.
Still no acknowledgement of the scope and severity of this catastrophe.
Still no acknowledgement of the incompetence behind it.

Even Glenn has gone into an embarrassed silence.

Who can blame him?

But, most discouragingly, what little attempts at communication have been made are focussed around bug-fixing the present level of dys-functionality, rather than on making the improvements that the CEO talked about in his brave brash letter of 3 weeks ago.

I will continue to post here as I am able.

I encourage all readers to continue to comment, to become members here, and to email Salon and let them know that we are not happy, not impressed, not satisfied, not gone, not forgotten, not sleeping, not going to lie down and die, not going to let them weasel out of taking some responsibility for the mess they have made.

I will also tweet and post links to this blog at Salon/UT, for as long as I am a member there.

My membership expires in March 2012. But to log in after the Great Autumn Fiasco of '11, like all of you I had to agree that they can cut me off for any reason, or for no reason, at any time.

I guess I will keep waiting for Glenn to explain how that clause comports with his principled objection to the President claiming the same prerogative in RL.

25 comments:

  1. Currently, at least until the end of October, I won't have time to do more than post the link to Glenn's most current article at the FDL Lifeboat site.

    As I see it, the FDL platform I set up is only a slightly substantive improvement in terms of not signing in through Facebook and Google, allowing slightly greater anonymity, but I don't have time to set up a new site right now.

    Best to all,

    Helen Gerhardt

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  2. And still sadder and stranger: the number of Salon posters who voice utter indifference to other's issues. As I've said from the moment this began, what most disturbs is that what happened at Salon is a microcosm for what's happening in the world. Basically, as ugly as it sounds, it boils down to: I have mine, can't be bothered to care about others.

    Threads that should be in hitting 1000 are hovering in the low 300's, with a tiny handful of posters responsible for all of them. Posters in their hundreds have chosen not to post anymore. Those voices created a vibrant, diverse, and provocative community. Note, created in the past tense. Sad.

    Other than a small vocal minority, very few seem to care about this, which is truly disheartening.

    Scuzza, I admire you more than I can express for pushing back against the tide. Thank you.


    Daylight's Dauphin the artist formally known by a like-minded name

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  3. Two things

    1) Even enemies of years standing have helped each other in this time. Perhaps not enough, but still, it is a little heart warming.

    2) Glenn did say one tiny little thing to some dude about there was a preview and an edit coming soon. I hope he was not being "snarky" and meant it.

    I will say that I agree that many at Salon have not seemed to care a lot -- but then Salon had plain terrible software before this. Some might see this as at least trying to fix problems of long standing. I, personally, think that the corporate line on this has been horrible and also give ScuzzaMan props for his stand on the issue.

    Note: it is true that I like parts of the present set up. I do like 'reply' and am hoping they put back the "like" feature.

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  4. From Milton Wiltmellow:

    I noticed the "empty page" URL for me had "Milton Wiltmellow" as part of its title.

    Earlier, I wondered what would happen if I entered the URL with "wiltmellow" alone.


    Voila.

    I think there's a difference between "account name" (or whatever they call it) and "user name".

    But it's good to know they didn't simply delete all old comments in their Grand Remodeling. I don't know why, but it seems to matter alot -- at least to me and so I assume for others.


    So I wonder if trying variations on one's handle might not produce the archives. Might be worth a try. I notice that teri49's archives seem to have appeared.
    ~avelna

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  5. Morning's Minion (Daylight's Dauphin!)
    I've just discovered something which may have something to do with you (and others) being unable to access your archives. Perhaps you're already aware of all this but I thought you might want to look at it if not.
    http://www.blooberry.com/indexdot/html/topics/urlencoding.htm
    ~avelna

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  6. Avelna, thanks a million. I'm sure that must be part of what is going on, but since I didn't add the percent sign, I don't know how to get rid of it. My son is a wizard at these things, so I'm going to have him look and see. I no longer have any trouble getting on, though, like others, I know some of my posts are randomly disappearing.

    What I would like an answer to is where all of the posts are going. There have been days when I've checked at 8:00 pm and the next morning, and the # of posts hasn't changed by even one count. Stranger still, when I log on, while the # is the same, the posts are new. So who is deleting posts in their dozens and hundreds and why? Is this really a glitch or censorship? I suspect the former, but then that is a major major screw-up that must be fixed. If it's the later, I have no interest in being part of Salon any more.

    What I care most about are the missing and lost voices. Yet another life-long Salon poster announced this week that he's gone for good. That bothers me tremendously. In fact, it bothers me so much that I now feel sort of disgusted with myself when I bother posting.

    Frankly, I no longer really care about my archives (as I mentioned, I was only interested because of other projects I was working on; I'd been playing around with writing a satirical epistolary novel inspired by/loosely based on Salon)but what I do care about is the implosion of this once great site.

    If we had actually gained a single thing (sorry nesting as a plus? that's what's breaking up the narrative drive) I might see some trade-offs, but this has just been a total screw-up.

    However, your kind help has been much appreciated, and it speaks to the things I most value about UT; you have been one of the voices really engaged in helping others, and I am so thankful for that.
    ----
    BTW: what is the empty page url? I've never seen that...that's part of the problem. I think many of us don't even have uniform screens or ways of looking at what is wrong so when someone suggests something we don't even have a point of reference.

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  7. Morning's Minion, I've figured out that anyone's screen name with a space in it (e.g. nuf said, susan sunflower, Morning's Minion) is unable to access their archives and that %20 is placed in the URL because of the space. The coding apparently won't allow an empty space. Someone who's intimately familiar with coding might be able to figure it out - clearly no one at Salon has. I'm not sure what you mean by the empty page url. I haven't seen any comments disappearing but the number of comments displayed right under Glenn's posts is generally not the correct number and changes in strange ways, but the number displayed in the upper left-hand corner above the comment box does seem to track the correct number and I've never seen that decrease. Of course figuring out where any new comment might have been posted is another thing entirely!
    I guess I seem kind of obsessed with this, especially since I've had no problems logging on or accessing my archives but I really would hate to lose the "community" that's been built around UT. Although I don't personally contribute much to the discussion, I learn a lot from other's contributions and, I admit, it helps me stay somewhat sane in this insane world.
    ~avelna

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  8. Morning's Minion - Apparently the coding doesn't allow for empty spaces so that %20 is inserted where the gap is. I suspect that the Salon server then doesn't recognize the resulting screen name. Someone who knows something about coding ought to be able to figure out a way around that I would think.

    I've not noticed comments disappearing (except possibly my previous comment here a little while ago!) however the number of comments displayed right under Glenn's (or whoever's)post is not generally the correct number and changes in strange ways. The number displayed in the upper left-hand corner above the comment box seems to be correct and I've never seen that number decreasing. Finding any new comments can be a real challenge though!

    I'm not sure what you mean by the empty page url.

    I guess I seem kind of obsessed with this especially since I personally have not had any real problems logging on or accessing my archives. However, the loss of the "community" that has been built around UT would be a great tragedy. I don't contribute much to the discussion myself but the contributions of others is important and helps to keep me somewhat sane in this insane world.
    ~avelna

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  9. Well, I've tried replying twice to Morning's Minion and neither of them posted.

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  10. Sooo, I'll make this short and sweet: no one who uses a screen name with a space in it seems to be able to access their archives. Coding won't allow an empty space and fills it in with a %20 which, perhaps the Salon server doesn't recognize.
    ~avelna

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  11. http://news.cnet.com/8301-27080_3-20118194-245/hackers-say-german-officials-used-backdoor/



    "The largest European hacker club, 'Chaos Computer Club' (CCC), has reverse-engineered and analyzed a 'lawful interception' malware program used by German police forces," the CCC wrote in a post on its Web site today. "The malware can not only siphon away intimate data but also offers a remote control or backdoor functionality for uploading and executing arbitrary other programs. Significant design and implementation flaws make all of the functionality available to anyone on the Internet."

    The group made its discovery while doing some recent consulting for Patrick Schladt, a German lawyer defending a client against charges of illegal export of pharmaceuticals. Schladt gave the CCC his client's laptop to examine and the hackers used forensic software to restore the Trojan files, which had been deleted to cover the tracks of the program, the lawyer said in an interview with CNET.

    Schladt alleges that the Trojan was installed on his client's computer by customs officials at the request of Bavarian state police when his client was returning to Germany after a trip in 2009. After his client was charged and prosecutors provided as evidence screenshots taken of his client's Web browser, Schladt then contacted the CCC, he said.

    While German authorities can snoop on suspected criminals, they need court permission to do so and any spyware for monitoring voice over IP calls used by authorities cannot alter code on a suspect's computer and additional functionality cannot be added to it.

    Schladt said the screenshots show that the program used to monitor his client went "way too far for German logging" laws. So he went to a higher court with his complaint, and that judge agreed, he said. "The most important thing is that every screenshot that was made and every file out of that Trojan will not be in the case" or allowed as evidence, he said. "That is poisoned stuff."

    The malware--dubbed the "State Trojan" or "R2D2" for a string of characters embedded inside the code--is capable of monitoring Skype, Yahoo Messenger, and MSN Messenger communications, as well as logging keystrokes in Firefox, Internet Explorer, and other browsers; taking screen captures; and of being updated, according to the CCC.

    The State Trojan violates German law because it can receive uploads of programs from the Internet and execute them remotely, the CCC said.

    "This means, an 'upgrade path' from (lawful spyware) to the full State Trojan's functionality is built-in right from the start. Activation of the computer's hardware like microphone or camera can be used for room surveillance," the CCC post says. "The government malware can, unchecked by a judge, load extensions by remote control, to use the Trojan for other functions, including but not limited to eavesdropping."

    The malware could be used to plant evidence on the target's computer and delete files, therefore completely obstructing justice, but it also has "serious security holes" in it that open the computer up to attack by others and put the law enforcement agency that is controlling the malware at risk, the CCC said.

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  12. Microsoft have no solution. Anyone else get this:

    Description:
    A problem caused this program to stop interacting with Windows.

    Problem signature:
    Problem Event Name: AppHangB1
    Application Name: iexplore.exe
    Application Version: 9.0.8112.16421
    Application Timestamp: 4d76255d
    Hang Signature: 70bc
    Hang Type: 131072
    OS Version: 6.0.6002.2.2.0.768.3
    Locale ID: 3081
    Additional Hang Signature 1: 0b442111fe38b5bf8aeeb051ae6785b6
    Additional Hang Signature 2: 370d
    Additional Hang Signature 3: f3e25cc86a1e00ab7ebe8605e737ed1e
    Additional Hang Signature 4: 70bc
    Additional Hang Signature 5: 0b442111fe38b5bf8aeeb051ae6785b6
    Additional Hang Signature 6: 370d
    Additional Hang Signature 7: f3e25cc86a1e00ab7ebe8605e737ed1e

    Read our privacy statement:
    http://go.microsoft.com/fwlink/?linkid=50163&clcid=0x0409

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  13. http://news.cnet.com/8301-31921_3-20117919-281/justice-department-ramps-up-wikileaks-e-mail-probe/

    The U.S. Department of Justice has expanded its investigation of WikiLeaks-related accounts to encompass Google and Internet provider Sonic.net.

    Both companies received secret court orders directing them to turn over information from the e-mail account of Jacob Appelbaum, a hacker and human rights activist who has been affiliated with WikiLeaks, The Wall Street Journal reported today.

    CNET has learned that the secret court order is what's called a 2703(d) order. It's not as privacy-protective as a traditional search warrant, and some courts have ruled that such orders are unconstitutional when used to read a suspect's e-mail. Appelbaum has not been charged with a crime.
    ..........
    when somethings not right its wrong (B Dylan).
    There is a determined method in this madness, there is determined madness in this method. Not much happens without reason. It aint elves, glitches, gremlins or chance. jfw

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  14. does anyone get this : or know what it means?


    Description:
    A problem caused this program to stop interacting with Windows.

    Problem signature:
    Problem Event Name: AppHangB1
    Application Name: iexplore.exe
    Application Version: 9.0.8112.16421
    Application Timestamp: 4d76255d
    Hang Signature: 70bc
    Hang Type: 131072
    OS Version: 6.0.6002.2.2.0.768.3
    Locale ID: 3081
    Additional Hang Signature 1: 0b442111fe38b5bf8aeeb051ae6785b6
    Additional Hang Signature 2: 370d
    Additional Hang Signature 3: f3e25cc86a1e00ab7ebe8605e737ed1e
    Additional Hang Signature 4: 70bc
    Additional Hang Signature 5: 0b442111fe38b5bf8aeeb051ae6785b6
    Additional Hang Signature 6: 370d
    Additional Hang Signature 7: f3e25cc86a1e00ab7ebe8605e737ed1e

    Read our privacy statement:
    http://go.microsoft.com/fwlink/?linkid=50163&clcid=0x0409

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  15. Well, if any of this can be understood, this apparently answers that question:

    http://answers.microsoft.com/en-us/windows/forum/windows_7-performance/windows-explorer-7-is-not-responding-apphangb1/3334f101-2178-4661-977a-9c10d1cf8fd2

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  16. I posted a letter here earlier which was up for a while, then vanished, as also described to me by several other letter-writers here. I'm sure it wasn't banished by Scuzzaman, but am concerned at the pattern of disappearance here and at UT.

    To add to the techno-concerns, I want to let you know that the Reply functions over at FDL's UT Lifeboat no longer seem to be working, and I'm fully engaged with other responsibilities for the next two weeks so I won't be able to set up an alternate site.

    I've honestly lost much hope in the health and liveliness of any alternate comment section for Greenwald articles not directly engaged and managed by Glenn himself.

    No updates from Glenn yet, but I trust him to continue to advocate for the changes which will allow a broad diversity of voices to respond to his work, including the activists and minorities who have expressed the need for a less invasive sign-in system to maintain their anonymity and data privacy.

    Helen Gerhardt

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  17. ScuzzaMan,
    Yesterday I tried to post the article about my error problems my vista 32 bit was having with internet explorer 9 iexplorere.exe (The reply {http://answers.microsoft.com/en-us/windows/forum/windows_7-performance/windows-explorer-7-is-not-responding-apphangb1/3334f101-2178-4661-977a-9c10d1cf8fd2 }seems similar but is a windows explorer 7 explorer.exe.)
    The post did not appear and I reposted. I came back to this site and only one post , the second, showed for some visits. today both show.
    Keep at it Scuzza. NZ crushed us (Robbie Deans?) France can play running rugby good luck in the final.


    Glenn seems very busy selling his book. Thought he would be down at occupying his talents to express the many needs ( personal needs vary and are hard to define en masse) of those less well off. Compassion for all men and for their need to obtain their necessities of life with dignity is found in humanitarians. The elite care for wealth and fame and have no inclination to care for little people.jfw

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  18. just posted but article didn't show up again. If its all right (Test Error Report Indicator, TERI for short)I'll test some posts to see what happens next.
    Have they googled a way to rewrite the internet history taking out posts on similtaneous sites and google caches? Clampdown on social media during the "troubles" of 2011 the government doesnt want any democracy springing up to fall down the wall street.jfw.
    ps last lost post critical of Glenn.

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  19. Well now I can join the crowd - Salon will no longer allow me to log in as a Premium or Core member and therefore will no longer allow me to comment. Bastards. The site keeps sending me in circles from my Salon profile - which states that I'm a member - to a page to log in, to a page where I can join and back to my profile. Sigh. But, I can still access my archives via previous comments. Woo hoo!
    ~avelna

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  20. Hmm, never mind - I can log in via IE (I guess because I had logged in previously and hadn't logged out) but not via Google chrome. Wow, those people at Salon really don't seem to know what they're doing.

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  21. For the record, I have deleted one (1) comment here, and there was no censorship involved. It was simply a duplicate because on my first day as a proud new blog owner (oooh! isn't he cute!) I didn't even know this thing had a spam trap and some poor bugger posted the same comment twice.

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  22. Try refreshing the SalonFugly site immediately after you post something - it's been working for me.

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  23. http://www.file.net/process/conime.exe.html
    The process Console IME belongs to the software Microsoft Windows Operating System by Microsoft Corporation (www.microsoft.com).

    Description: conime.exe is located in the folder C:\Windows\System32. Known file sizes on Windows 7/XP are 27,648 bytes (57% of all occurrence), 69,120 bytes, 68,608 bytes, 24,576 bytes, 66,048 bytes, 25,600 bytes.http://www.file.net/process/conime.exe.html
    File conime.exe is a Windows system file. The program has no visible window. conime.exe is a Microsoft signed file. Therefore the technical security rating is 4% dangerous, however also read the users reviews.

    Recommended: Identify conime.exe related errors

    If conime.exe is located in the folder C:\Windows\System32\drivers then the security rating is 84% dangerous. File size is 69,246 bytes (33% of all occurrence), 96,896 bytes, 96,899 bytes, 48,436 bytes. There is no information about the maker of the file. The program has no visible window. It is located in the Windows folder, but it is not a Windows core file. conime.exe is not a Windows core file. The process is loaded during the Windows boot process (see Registry key: HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Run, HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows NT\CurrentVersion\Winlogon\Shell, HKEY_CURRENT_USER\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Run). conime.exe is able to hide itself, monitor applications.

    If conime.exe is located in a subfolder of C:\Windows then the security rating is 18% dangerous. File size is 69,120 bytes (60% of all occurrence), 68,608 bytes, 17,089 bytes. The program is not visible. It is a Microsoft signed file. conime.exe is able to monitor applications.

    If conime.exe is located in the folder C:\Windows then the security rating is 80% dangerous. File size is 32,963 bytes.

    Important: Some malware camouflage themselves as conime.exe, particularly if they are located in c:\windows or c:\windows\system32 folder. Thus check the conime.exe process on your pc whether it is pest. We recommend Security Task Manager for verifying your computer's security. It was one of the Top Download Picks of The Washington Post and PC World.
    .............
    I have conime.exe in C:\Windows\System32 ; size 67.5 KB (69,120 bytes) size on disk 68.0 KB (69,632 bytes).
    ..........

    http://forum.kaspersky.com/lofiversion/index.php/t19964.html
    QUOTE(JoeAverage @ 17.08.2006 18:54)
    Response I got from Kaspersky:
    Must be some application, which can be misused for gaining remote access to the computer.
    *


    This is BFGhost, it's a Remote Administration Tool and it's dangerous. If you haven´t been administrating your computer remotely and find it on your computer, somebody has been using it to control your machine and could be spying on you. If that's the case you should take counter-measures immediatedly.

    You can either download SpySweeper (which is the safest option if you're not a power user).

    http://www.download.com/Webroot-Spy-Sweepe...4-10562248.html

    OR

    Follow the following instructions for manual removal:

    1. Kill the following processes in the Task Manager:
    bfghost.exe, editmm.exe, conime.exe

    2. Unregister service.dll in Windows\system\

    How? Start - Run - copy and paste:

    REGSVR32 /u C:\Windows\System\service.dll

    Press Enter and REBOOT.

    3. Remove the following files
    bfghost.exe, editmm.exe, read it.txt.
    conime.exe in Windows\
    regsys.vxd, service.dll in Windows\system\

    Paul Wynant
    Moscow, Russia

    .........jfw

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  24. Is is just me, or is this really lame?

    maybe it's the blockquote thingy -- "We asked four writers to imagine a different angle and write a short story based on Occupy Wall Street. It follows our series this summer where we asked several novelists to put themselves inside Moammar Gadhafi’s mind as Libya fell to rebels."
    end blockquote

    From the comments (about 15 for the 4 stories and the cover story), none of these seem to have caught fire ... but really: who care what some writers have "fictionalized" based on whatever -- their freaking imagination.

    jesus.

    and MEW telling us that it "still matters" when celebrities come out ... like sort of for anyone who knows or cares about that particular "celebrity" ... I guess. I'm not saying it's not news, I just dislike (again) being chided to care about something way way way way down on my list of must-read priorities ...

    yeah, everyone is envisioning using OWS ... scary ...

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  25. http://ggdrafts.blogspot.com/2011/10/update-on-comment-section.html

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