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Submission + - Has Debian updates server DDOS'ed itself? 1

Hemlock Stones writes: I am seeing a 35 program security update for 64 bit Wheezy bring my Update Manager to a total halt while it waits for data/responses from the official North American update server mirror. I have let Update Manager run for over an hour on two different computers for three consecutive days, including today, to no avail. I prefer to stick with the official mirror because I believe (hope) that it is the least likely to be compromised.

I have been having problems with large security updates over the last year or so like completely cutting off downloads in progress sometimes with only seconds remaining to complete and never restart them (OK I only waited 10 minutes a couple of time mainly because I found the best strategy was to cancel the current update attempt and start a new one whereupon the transfer would start back up in fairly quickly and always complete). Or taking minutes to get to start downloading updates and then minutes more to start to install them while sometimes only taking a few 10's of seconds to download and install them. I used the display in terminal option to determine that the delays were always at points where Update Manager was waiting for server data/responses.

The fact that nothing has appeared yet on /. is making me wonder if anybody else is seeing this ?

Submission + - Plan 9 now licensed under GPL v2 (theregister.co.uk)

Hemlock Stones writes: From The Register article:

The University of California, Berkely, last week quietly let it be known that it “has been authorised by Alcatel-Lucent to release all Plan 9 software previously governed by the Lucent Public License, Version 1.02 under the GNU General Public License, Version 2.”

Anybody interested ? If so it is available at http://akaros.cs.berkeley.edu/...

Submission + - Time Warner Cable email, where are you ?

Hemlock Stones writes: "It has become almost impossible to use the "web" version of Time Warner Cable email at certain times during the day (mid-morning, early through late afternoon, high traffic times ?). After entering the email address and password you are greeted by long waits, and then a message saying the session has expired. Or, if you are very lucky it will take you to your email page and after you click on an email to view it, after a very long wait, it will kick you back to the login page with the "expired session" message again. If you are very, very lucky it will display the email and then when you click the delete (or move) button, after a very long wait it will kick you back to "session expired" again. It can take 30 minutes or more to read and delete 3 emails. Phone calls to "customer service" (wink, wink, nod, nod) will get you dancing around like crazy monkeys for a while before admitting that they know about the problem and that it could be fixed with a software upgrade but they have no idea when (or if) it will be done. This has been going on for at least a year now but has gotten much worse over the last couple of months. I'd like to find out what it will take to get it FIXED.
Anyone ?"
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Submission + - Evil Web designer Batbert "fixes" Dilbert

Hemlock Stones writes: "I just pulled up the newly "upgraded" Dilbert website with less than satisfying results. Using Firefox/Debian (Etch) brings up the web site OK but the comic strip does not work. Worse, when I attempted to access the new animated comic feature there's a little message displayed that says it only works with Windows/MAC (oh, the irony). Even better, when I went to the web designer contact page to register my thoughts about this, it did not display any contact information (I assume I needed to be using Windows/MAC). I was able to contact the Dilbert Web site directly and let them in on my thoughts about designing sites that require specific OS's/browsers to work. I'm waiting for a reply. I also thought about registering with the Web site but their privacy policy appeared to be more about advertising and giving away "anonymous" information than privacy."

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