freds72 | 1 Oct 11:28 2010
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[clug] new penguin


The BBC news site lists the discovery of fossils of the largest penguin  
yet.

ttp://www.bbc.co.uk/news/science-environment-11420635

Unlike modern penguins, it was brown and white.
It has been given some bland scientific name, but obviously should be  
called ubuntu:).

Different subject, do we have any ties with   http://clug.org/  ?

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Stephen Rothwell | 2 Oct 06:00 2010
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[clug] clug.org (Was: new penguin)

Hi Peter,

On Fri, 01 Oct 2010 19:28:09 +1000 freds72@... wrote:
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> Different subject, do we have any ties with   http://clug.org/  ?

None that I now of.  I haven't even been there :-)

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Brenton Fletcher | 2 Oct 08:37 2010
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[clug] RMS giving a talk at ANU next Wednesday 6th October 2010

Hello all,

Thought you might be interested - Richard Stallman is giving a free talk
next Wednesday at the Manning Clark theatre at ANU.

Link:
http://www.acs.org.au/act/index.cfm?action=event&area=9002&temID=eventdetails&eveID=30175720809577

Registrations are essential.

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Mike Carden | 2 Oct 08:57 2010
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Re: [clug] RMS giving a talk at ANU next Wednesday 6th October 2010

For anyone not quite familiar with RMS, the wikipedia entry on him is
instructive:

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Stallman

I do advise trying to understand the man if you plan to listen to him
speak. Several of his talks may be found via various online video
services.

There's no doubt he was once borderline genius. And he's still a
clever chap. He is also good at polarising people, and he's polarised
me enough to think that I'll avoid him because I have no desire to
spend my future years in gaol for assault.

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Ivan Lazar Miljenovic | 2 Oct 08:57 2010
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Re: [clug] RMS giving a talk at ANU next Wednesday 6th October 2010

On 2 October 2010 16:37, Brenton Fletcher <i <at> bloople.net> wrote:
> Hello all,
>
> Thought you might be interested - Richard Stallman is giving a free talk
> next Wednesday at the Manning Clark theatre at ANU.
>
> Link:
> http://www.acs.org.au/act/index.cfm?action=event&area=9002&temID=eventdetails&eveID=30175720809577
>
> Registrations are essential.

I take it we were not successful in getting RMS to give us a talk at CLUG?

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Jason Stokes | 2 Oct 09:02 2010
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Re: [clug] RMS giving a talk at ANU next Wednesday 6th October 2010

Hate to sound cynical, but do we think Richard has anything new to say, or is
this The Talk -- the one with the Saga of the Proprietary Printer, which I've 
already
heard three times already. Because I'm not sure I'd make time for The Talk.

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Subject: [clug] RMS giving a talk at ANU next Wednesday 6th October 2010

Hello all,

Thought you might be interested - Richard Stallman is giving a free talk
next Wednesday at the Manning Clark theatre at ANU.

Link:
http://www.acs.org.au/act/index.cfm?action=event&area=9002&temID=eventdetails&eveID=30175720809577

Registrations are essential.

Regards,
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Keith Goggin | 2 Oct 11:07 2010

[clug] Tor and other things that go bump in the night

Hi List,

On Thursday morning last I noticed what seemed to me to be a DNS lookup 
failure on my Bigpond Wireless Broadband connection. The account remained 
unusable until Friday night even though my 7.2 Home Network Gateway passed all 
diagnostic tests and could establish a link to the remote tower. 

When using Firefox, URLs would not resolve with the 'Server Not Found' message 
yet when I typed in the IP address of www.google.com.au (66.102.11.104) the 
Google Australia page loaded OK.

My Email Client stopped working with 'unknown host: securemail.bigpond.com' 
and my VOIP box also died.

However I also noticed that switching from Bigponds 'Automatic Assigned DNS' 
to a public or third party DSN server did not fix the problem. Which led me to 
suspect that Telstra/Bigpond were experimenting with something upstream of the 
DNS server possibly Conroys Filter.

I know from bitter experience there is no way to get any useful response from 
Bigpond's help desk particularly if you are running linux and this time was no 
exception, 'nothing wrong our end it must be you, you fool' or words to that 
effect in broken English.

So I thought it time to 'bight the bullet' and implement a strategy to bypass 
the dreaded filter which led me to try Tor/Polipo.

I'm running Linux Mint 9 and I think I have everything installed OK and when I 
click the Torbutton plugin in Firefox (V3.6.9) it changes from red 'Tor 
Disabled' to green 'Tor enabled' OK but can't then display the web page 
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Keith Goggin | 2 Oct 12:01 2010

Re: [clug] Tor and other things that go bump in the night

On Saturday 02 October 2010 19:07:07 Keith Goggin wrote:

Hi again,

Damn I posted too soon it seems 'reload current page' does not have the same 
effect as re-entering the URL at least as far as Tor is concerned.

Tor is working for me after all.

But I am still interested in getting comments on my analysis of this problem 
and whether or not Tor/Pilipo is a good solution.

Thanks.

 
> So I thought it time to 'bight the bullet' and implement a strategy to
> bypass the dreaded filter which led me to try Tor/Polipo.

Spelling error: bite not bight sorry about that.
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Ben Nizette | 3 Oct 01:34 2010

Re: [clug] Tor and other things that go bump in the night


On 02/10/2010, at 7:07 PM, Keith Goggin wrote:

> Hi List,
> 
> On Thursday morning last I noticed what seemed to me to be a DNS lookup 
> failure on my Bigpond Wireless Broadband connection. The account remained 
> unusable until Friday night even though my 7.2 Home Network Gateway passed all 
> diagnostic tests and could establish a link to the remote tower. 
> 
> When using Firefox, URLs would not resolve with the 'Server Not Found' message 
> yet when I typed in the IP address of www.google.com.au (66.102.11.104) the 
> Google Australia page loaded OK.
> 
> My Email Client stopped working with 'unknown host: securemail.bigpond.com' 
> and my VOIP box also died.
> 
> However I also noticed that switching from Bigponds 'Automatic Assigned DNS' 
> to a public or third party DSN server did not fix the problem. Which led me to 
> suspect that Telstra/Bigpond were experimenting with something upstream of the 
> DNS server possibly Conroys Filter.

Hehe, if you hear hooves assume horse, not zebra ;-)

For me this particular clip-clop reminds me of a router firmware bug on the CISCO SRP527W we have at the
office.  That router sometimes starts introducing massive latencies to the outside world, we're talking
>2s.  When this happens DNS requests time out but for some reason HTTP requests straight to the IP don't (the
download speed isn't affected, just latency, so the page load isn't even massively slow).  If someone with
a better idea of network quirks knows what would differentiate a DNS and HTTP request in this way I'd love to know!

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Andreas | 3 Oct 02:29 2010
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Re: [clug] Tor and other things that go bump in the night

I like to ping wikileaks ( http://www.wikileaks.com/ ) as a quick
check to rule out Conroy as the source of a flaky internet connection.
 If I'm not mistaken, the site has somehow made it onto his "list",
and since not applicable to "refused classification" material, I image
it's been added under the category of "inconvenient". ;)

On 2 October 2010 19:07, Keith Goggin <keith.goggin@...> wrote:
> Hi List,
>
> On Thursday morning last I noticed what seemed to me to be a DNS lookup
> failure on my Bigpond Wireless Broadband connection. The account remained
> unusable until Friday night even though my 7.2 Home Network Gateway passed all
> diagnostic tests and could establish a link to the remote tower.
>
> When using Firefox, URLs would not resolve with the 'Server Not Found' message
> yet when I typed in the IP address of www.google.com.au (66.102.11.104) the
> Google Australia page loaded OK.
>
> My Email Client stopped working with 'unknown host: securemail.bigpond.com'
> and my VOIP box also died.
>
> However I also noticed that switching from Bigponds 'Automatic Assigned DNS'
> to a public or third party DSN server did not fix the problem. Which led me to
> suspect that Telstra/Bigpond were experimenting with something upstream of the
> DNS server possibly Conroys Filter.
>
> I know from bitter experience there is no way to get any useful response from
> Bigpond's help desk particularly if you are running linux and this time was no
> exception, 'nothing wrong our end it must be you, you fool' or words to that
> effect in broken English.
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