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Feb. 26th, 2017 12:50 pm
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LiveJournal has unblocked and whitelisted our webserver IP addresses, so importing, crossposting, and feed accounts should work properly again! Thanks for the quick fix, LJ.

Two quick things

Feb. 25th, 2017 09:42 pm
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[staff profile] denise posting in [site community profile] dw_maintenance

Cloudflare


We've had people ask us about the Cloudflare leak reported a few days ago. We are Cloudflare customers, and it is possible that login cookies or passwords may have been exposed as part of the incident. We believe the risk to you is relatively low -- it was a small percentage of Cloudflare's requests that were involved over a relatively short period of time, and we haven't found any evidence that anything from us was among them. This is not an absolute guarantee that none of your accounts were affected, but we don't think the likelihood is very high.

Because we believe the risk to be low, we aren't automatically expiring everyone's session cookies and requiring you to log back in and change your password -- whenever we do that, it does lock some people who they can't remember their passwords and no longer have access to their confirmed email addresses out of their accounts, and we believe that will affect more people in this case.

Still, it's always a good idea to change your passwords regularly, and now would be a good time to do it, especially if you want peace of mind. We have a FAQ on how to change your password. If your browser logs you in automatically and you don't remember your password, you can reset it. If you've forgotten your password and no longer have access to your most recent confirmed email address, you can have the password reset email sent to any email address you've confirmed on your account by entering both your username and your old email address at the Lost Info page.

Unfortunately, if you've forgotten your password and no longer have access to any email address you've confirmed on your account, you probably won't be able to reset your password. In some cases, if you've previously paid for your account, we can validate your payment details to confirm your identity and reset your password. If you can't reset your password, but think you may have paid for your account in the past, you can open a support request in the Account Payments category and I'll check into it for you.


LiveJournal imports/crossposts/feeds


LiveJournal has temporarily blocked about 2/3rds of our webservers from contacting their site, presumably because they feel that we're requesting data from them too often. This affects the ability to import your journal, the ability to crosspost entries from your Dreamwidth account to your LiveJournal account, and whether syndicated feeds of accounts on LiveJournal will update on Dreamwidth. Those features will fail when they're unable to contact LJ because of the block.

It isn't every one of our webservers, so things will work intermittently -- if you crosspost two entries one right after the other, one might succeed while the other fails. Unfortunately, there isn't much we can do to resolve this other than contacting them and asking them to unblock us (which I'll be doing right after I hit 'post' on this entry).

EDIT 2249 EST 25 Feb: We appear to be down to zero unblocked webservers, so imports, crossposts, and feeds will all fail until LJ unblocks us.

EDIT 26 Feb noon EST: LJ unblocked and whitelisted us this morning, so all is working again!

Trump being a pawn of Russia

Feb. 18th, 2017 04:45 pm
[personal profile] omnifarious

Someone I know pointed me at an interesting article about 'russophobia' and the long and conflicted history of US public opinion of Russia. One of the points being made was that complaining about Trump being under Russian influence is pretty rich given that we essentially placed Yeltsin in power in Russia in the 90s. Either that article, or a podcast he pointed me at also expressed worry that the 'intelligence community' (who I will hereafter refer to as the 'deep state' without quotes) is taking it upon themselves to depose a democratically elected leader.

While I think the article makes for interesting and thoughtful reading, I disagree with their opinion about Trump. It's not because I disagree with their facts. It's that I disagree with their conclusions.

When we meddle in other countries, I think the other countries are perfectly justified in trying to undo the effects of our meddling, and attempts to remove our ability to further meddle in the affairs of their country. This opinion forms a backbone of my dislike of our military interventions.

Much the same as the citizens of the countries we try to meddle in, we have an obligation to ourselves and to each other to have our country be run by us, not some foreign government. Unless we collectively make an explicit decision to turn over the reigns to a foreign government, we should do everything in our power to make that not happen.

Of course, Trump was democratically elected according to the rules we've adopted for elections. And a large portion (though very definitely not a majority) of the electorate voted for him. As a democracy, we cannot simply ignore their interests. But the issue of our government being under the influence of a foreign one is orthogonal, and one that must be addressed separately.

It does disturb me that our own deep state has it in for Trump. It does make me skeptical of the information they provide. But in this case there appears to be a fair amount of corroboration. In general though, the way our deep state acts as our keepers rather than our servants in something that has disturbed me for a long time.

I do wonder though how many of our other leaders have had similar problems that the deep state has chosen not to reveal because it wasn't in their interests to do so. This is a whole different issue, and part of the massive problems we currently face as a nation. Problems that Trump is ill-equipped to solve, even if he wasn't a likely puppet of another (hostile) government.

Dreamwidth news: 15 February 2017

Feb. 15th, 2017 05:35 am
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[staff profile] denise posting in [site community profile] dw_news
Hello, Dreamwidth! And thank you to everyone who wished me and my wife a happy vacation -- it was an excellent one. (Rumors that it was to help distract me from a significant birthday starting with 4 and ending with 0 are totally unfounded. Really.) It was also awesome to come back and see all of the new activity going on! I hope that everyone who's joined us in the last month or two has been settling in nicely.

Behind the cut, a tour of some of the new stuff we've done in the last few months, plus a look at some older changes that could use more love:

* Image Hosting Frontend
* HTTPS Beta
* Create Entries Beta: progress report
* Selective comment screening
* Other alphabets in site search: fixed!
* Icon file size limit increased
* Dreamwidth: Did You Know?
* Team Dreamwidth

DW News, 15 Feb 2017 )

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