John Walker

  • John Walker posted an update in the group Group logo of UpdatesUpdates 42 minutes ago

    2019 June 17

    Yesterday, at 06:37 and 06:40 UTC we had two log-in attempts by
    a long-time user which bounced to the CAPTCHA and Allow Request
    despite all of our code in the Stop Spammers plug-in intended to
    bypass checks for users who joined 7 or more days ago.  Looking
    at the Stop Spammers log, both of these rejections listed the
    Reason as "Missing HTTP_REFERER".  This is a reason I haven't
    seen in the log recently, and it only happened for these two
    log-in attempts.  Researching this message, I found it comes
    from:…

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  • John Walker posted an update in the group Group logo of UpdatesUpdates 2 days ago

    2019 June 15

    Well, wouldn't you know it?  No sooner do I put in diagnostic
    code for the uninitialised value warning in the embed_videos.pl
    CRON job but, predictably, the problem goes away.  But at least
    when it inevitably comes back again, we'll be ready.
    
    Based upon the overwhelmingly positive reaction to the
    suggestion that we show private posts in the "Recent Posts"
    sidebar for logged-in users (but not guests):
        .https://www.ratburger.org/index.php/2019/06/12/proposed-change-comments-on-private-posts/
    I added code to rb_select_recent_posts() in ~/theme/function.php
    (which, as…

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  • John Walker posted an update in the group Group logo of UpdatesUpdates 2 days, 23 hours ago

    2019 June 14

    We've been getting warnings:
        Use of uninitialized value $videoId in concatenation (.)
        	or string at embed_videos.pl line 121.
    from the /server/cron/video_theatre/Update the last few days.
    To track down what's going on, I added diagnostic code
    to /server/cron/video_theatre/embed_videos.pl to check for
    $videoID undefined and dump the YouTube API query, reply,
    and parsed JSON structure for the request that provoked
    the message.  We'll see what happens then it runs the next
    time.
    
    Updated the WP External Links plug-in to version 2.3.  This
    is the plug-in which…

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  • John Walker posted an update in the group Group logo of UpdatesUpdates 1 week, 6 days ago

    2019 June 4

    Well, it's a new month, and here comes the clown car skidding
    into the ring with another update to UpdraftPlus, version
    1.16.15.  Look out! The clown car has crashed into the lion
    tamer and two lions who didn't get out of the way in time.  It
    appears the brakes are now a "Premium" feature like the AOA
    DISAGREE indication on the 737 MAX.  Skidding to a stop, out
    come one FEATURE, four FIXes, 15 TWEAKs, and one TRANSLATION,
    which is actually a "lost in TRANSLATION" since they've removed
    the Italian translation from the free version.  Many of the
    TWEAKs are actually fixes…

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  • John Walker posted an update in the group Group logo of UpdatesUpdates 2 weeks ago

    2019 June 3

    With the goal of increasing "engagement" with posts, I added
    code to the local function ratburger_wp_insert_comment() in
    ~/theme/functions.php which was originally added on 2018-02-20
    and issues notifications when a new comment is added on a post
    (main site posts only; groups are handled elsewhere).  As
    originally implemented, notifications were sent to the author of
    the post and all others who had commented on the post so far
    (excluding, of course, the author of the new comment).  The new
    code retrieves the list of users who have liked the post via
    a…

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  • John Walker posted an update in the group Group logo of UpdatesUpdates 2 weeks, 5 days ago

    2019 May 29

    Just six days after the last one, along comes another update to
    the Subscribe to Comments Reloaded plug-in, version 190529. This
    is a minor update which fixes two blunders in the last update
    attempt.  In addition, when the previous update deleted the code
    that generated a diagnostic systemInformation.txt file, the file
    was left around in the distribution directory. This release
    finally gets rid of it.  We have no local code in this plug-in.
    These guys seem to be making a real effort to challenge
    UpdraftPlus as the premier clown car.  In addition to spewing
    out updates at…

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  • John Walker posted an update in the group Group logo of UpdatesUpdates 3 weeks, 2 days ago

    2019 May 25

    Updated the Stop Spammers plug-in to version 2019.  The previous
    version was numbered 7.1, so presumably they've changed the
    scheme.  Let's hope this means they'll update it only once a
    year.  This was basically a one-line fix which they didn't even
    bother to document in the change log.  I integrated our local
    code, discovering that two PHP function call blunders that I
    fixed in local code on 2018-07-12 remain broken in this release.
    
    Committed the Stop Spammers version 2019 update changes (Build
    314) and published them on GitHub.
    
  • John Walker posted an update in the group Group logo of UpdatesUpdates 3 weeks, 3 days ago

    2019 May 24

    Updated the Subscribe to Comments Reloaded plug-in to version
    190523.  This "fix" consists entirely of removing an internal
    feature which wrote a "system information file" which nobody
    used.  The only conceivable reason for bothering system
    administrators with an update that does this is keeping up with
    the rest of the clown cars that issue updates around every two
    weeks.  We have no local code in this plug-in, so I simply
    applied the update kit, looked around, and pronounced it good to
    go (or, perhaps, more precisely, "goof to go").  I'll hold off
    committing the changes…

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    • All the super-caution is bound to be wearying. Many thanks for your dedication to Ratburger.org.

  • John Walker posted an update in the group Group logo of UpdatesUpdates 3 weeks, 5 days ago

    2019 May 22

    The Dim Patrol at WordPress have extruded another quick-draw
    update, version 5.2.1:
        .https://wordpress.org/support/wordpress-version/version-5-2-1/
    to (purportedly) fix 33 bugs introduced in the 5.2 release just
    two weeks ago, including fixes to the "Site Health" feature
    added in 5.2 to correct two flaws which could bring down a
    perfectly correctly running site.  They also changed
    wp-includes/js/jquery/jquery.js without documenting the change
    in the log and supplying only an obfuscated "minified" version
    of the file; heaven knows what they changed (probably…

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  • John Walker posted an update in the group Group logo of UpdatesUpdates 3 weeks, 5 days ago

    2019 May 21

    Updated the User Role Editor plug-in to version 4.51.  This is a
    minor update which adds the ability to bulk-edit the role of
    users and a work-around for bungling in other plug-ins.  We have
    no local code in this plug-in.  I looked around in the settings
    after applying the update and everything looks OK.
    
    Nothing seems to have blown up after the installation of the
    User Role Editor update, so I committed the changes (Build 311)
    and published them on GitHub.
    
  • John Walker posted an update in the group Group logo of UpdatesUpdates 1 month ago

    2019 May 16

    Well, another two weeks have passed so here comes another "fixes
    to fixes" update to the WP RSS Aggravator (oops, sorry,
    Aggregator) plug-in, version 4.13.2.  This is the plug-in which
    manages to take 150,000 lines of tangled code in order to
    periodically scan a list of RSS feeds and maintain a page of
    recent items posted on those feeds.  We use it for our Podcast
    Page, but had I known what an aggregated assault it would be on
    an administrator's time and attention, I probably wouldn't have
    bothered.
    
    This release is another motley collection of minor tweaks and
    fixes in…

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  • John Walker posted an update in the group Group logo of UpdatesUpdates 1 month ago

    2019 May 15

    Updated the Akismet anti-spam plug-in to version 4.1.2.   This is
    a minor update which fixes a few problems (which we never had)
    and reduces the number of times it goes off to its remote server
    to process requests.  I integrated our local code which skips
    spam checks for authors who joined the site seven or more days
    ago.  After applying the update, I checked the settings page and
    everything looked all right.
    
    Committed the Akismet 4.1.2 update changes (Build 309) and
    published to GitHub.
    
  • John Walker posted an update in the group Group logo of UpdatesUpdates 1 month ago

    2019 May 11

    Over time, the automatic firewalling of IP addresses from which
    login storm attacks have originated has resulted in a very long
    list of banned addresses: as of this writing a total of 2459
    single IP addresses are banned.  Many of these addresses are
    probably floating IP addresses which were co-opted into botnet
    attacks and have since been reassigned to other people.  In many
    cases, we haven't seen a single dropped packet from an address
    for a long time.  Since we now have the
    /server/log/gardol/gardol_wp_log file which logs all automatic
    blocks by gardol_wp, it is…

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  • John Walker posted an update in the group Group logo of UpdatesUpdates 1 month, 1 week ago

    2019 May 10

    Committed the WordPress 5.2 update (Build 299) and published
    Builds 298 and 299 to GitHub.
    
    When I checked in Build 299 to GitHub, it reported:
        remote: GitHub found 1 vulnerability on
            Fourmilab/ratburger.org's default branch (1 high).
    The URL they give you to view the alert does not work unless
    you're logged in to your GitHub account.  Tracking it down, this
    is the vulnerability detected:
        .https://github.com/Fourmilab/ratburger.org/network/alert/wp-content/themes/twentynineteen/package-lock.json/tar/open
    which turns out to be in a file belonging to…

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  • John Walker posted a new activity comment 1 month, 1 week ago

    >> What’s wrong with “howdy”?

    It doesn’t cross cultural boundaries as well. Back in the day, that letter you didn’t want to get from the draft board began, “Greetings from the President of the United States of America”. Imagine if it began, “Howdy, dude. You’re drafted! Be the first one on your block to come home in a box.”

  • John Walker posted an update in the group Group logo of UpdatesUpdates 1 month, 1 week ago

    2019 May 9

    An update to the Classic Editor plug-in, version 1.5, was
    released, containing compatibility fixes for older versions of
    WordPress and newer versions of the absurd Block Editor
    (Gutenberg).  Classic Editor is now in the top five WordPress
    plug-ins, with more than four million active installations.  Its
    sole purpose is disabling and hiding the disastrous Block
    Editor, which WordPress is bent on forcing down their user
    community's throats.  This is a very simple plug-in which just
    sets some switches that disable the Block Editor; the TinyMCE
    editor remains integrated in the…

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  • John Walker posted an update in the group Group logo of UpdatesUpdates 1 month, 1 week ago

    2019 May 8

    Updated the Raw HTML plug-in to version 1.6.  This is a minor
    fix which corrects handling of raw HTML blocks in excerpts of
    posts.  We have no local code in this plug-in.  The Raw HTML
    plug-in works fine for main posts, but when used within a
    comment (by the administrator, as is required--it's ignored if a
    regular user tries it), the raw HTML is inserted, but the
    shortcodes continue to appear before and after the raw block.
    It doesn't claim to work for comments, so this is just what
    falls out.  Since you can edit the comment subsequently and
    delete the extraneous…

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    • What’s wrong with “howdy”?

    • >> What’s wrong with “howdy”?

      It doesn’t cross cultural boundaries as well. Back in the day, that letter you didn’t want to get from the draft board began, “Greetings from the President of the United States of America”. Imagine if it began, “Howdy, dude. You’re drafted! Be the first one on your block to come home in a box.”

  • John Walker posted an update in the group Group logo of UpdatesUpdates 1 month, 2 weeks ago

    2019 May 2

    According to UpdraftPlus, the 06:00 database-only backup
    "apparently succeeded", so I suppose we can conclude that the
    1.16.14 update "apparently works".  I committed the changes
    (Build 295).  I note that the clown posse has airbrushed the
    existence of 1.16.13 from history.  Their update log now shows a
    direct jump from 1.16.12 to 1.16.14 with nary a mention of the
    short-lived 1.16.13, as if all of the changes in that release
    were in 1.16.14, which is untrue.  Well, since this is the inept
    clown posse, their airbrush sputtered a bit, and in the
    readme.txt for the new…

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  • John Walker posted an update in the group Group logo of UpdatesUpdates 1 month, 2 weeks ago

    2019 May 1

    Well, kiddies, let's give a big hand as the clown car veers out
    of the ring after delivering another UpdraftPlus update!
    C*R*A*S*H!!!!  What was that?   Oh, no, the clown car has
    collided with another tiny clown car bearing UpdraftPlus version
    1.16.14, released less than 24 hours after 1.16.13, to fix one
    critical blunder in the previous attempt and refine the built-in
    up-selling for which the irritating clown posse is famous to new
    levels of aggravation.  Now the seven TWEAKS of 1.16.13 are
    arguing and gesticulating with the two TWEAKS of 1.16.14.  You
    can't call the…

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    • I grow more Stalinist about coders with each passing year.

      If they coded like their lives depended on it, maybe code would not suck.


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  • John Walker posted an update in the group Group logo of UpdatesUpdates 1 month, 2 weeks ago

    2019 April 30

    Look, kiddies--it's what you've all been waiting for!  Yes,
    in the left ring, it's the clown car, out of which pile
    seven red-nosers, this time all named TWEAK.  Yes, a mere
    13 days after the last one, it's another update to the
    funniest backup-and-purported-restore plug-in, UpdraftPlus,
    this time called version 1.16.13.  This time the inept
    clown posse modified 20 files and added 5 new ones in order
    to implement the seven TWEAKS.  These are all minor fixes
    and hacks, including my favourite, which is described
    in the readme.txt file as:
        TWEAK: Improve JSON-reparser…

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