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Journal Journal: Its official: File sharing not theft in UK

Passed to me by my good friend Jen, John Kay writes in the Financial Times; Jun 02, 2004:

English law, following common sense, requires that a thief have an intention of permanently depriving an owner of his property. File sharers have no intention of depriving anyone of his property. Nor do their activities meet the further test that the reasonable man would think them dishonest.

Yeah! Read on and laugh!

The Almighty Buck

Journal Journal: Dirty Advertising Tricks at Dilbert.com

If its worth submitting to slashdot its worth putting in my journal to balance the risk of rejection against the sad loss of the story that was obviously so well worthwhile writing

Do web content owners know what advertisers are doing with their good name? Does Scott adams know that his publishers advertisers are doing their best to dupe his loyal fans out of as much of GPB 20.00 a time? Tonight I felt it was time for a little dilbert.com and the first thing to appear is a popup ad for a gaming site and a highly doubtful activex security warning that reads:

Do you want to install and run "YOU MUST READ, UNDERSTAND AND ACCEPT THE FOLLOWING TERMS BEFORE USING THIS SERVICE, YOU CONFIRM THAT (1) You are 18 years of age or older (2) You are either the subscriber of the telephone line to which this computers modem is connected, or you have the Line Subscribers permission to use the Service, YOU UNDERSTAND THAT (3) This computers modem will be connected to a premium rate telephone number charged at GBP 1.50, and that the Line Subscriber will be charged for the duration of this call at the rate of GBP 1.50 (4) By using the service, you may be exposed to material which is offensive, indecent or objectionable(5) Once connected to the service, the telephone call will not terminate unless (a) you terminate the connection by selecting the modem symbol located at the lower right of the Windows taksbar and click DISCONNECT (b) you stay connected for longer than 13.33 minutes (c) you click the CLOSE button on the dialler dialoge box. Access via 09065170090-2 calls charged at GBP 1.50 per minute. World Content Ltd, Mitchel House, The Valley, Anguila" signed on an unknown date/time and distributed by:

Click Yes To Enter Ltd

Publisher authenticity verified by Thawte Code Signing CA

Caution Click Yes To Enter Ltd asserts that this content is safe. You should only install/view this content if you trust Click Yes To Enter Ltd to make that assertion

Well! The no doubt legally mandated warning is much longer than the one Microsoft provides. Microsoft seem to think that "Click Yes To Enter Ltd" has asserted the content to be safe, but "Click Yes To Enter Ltd" have asserted that it may be offensive, indecent, objectionable and cost GBP 1.50 per minute!

But wait... surely this so called agreement is actually the name of a program I am being asked to install-and-run, surely installing and running it does not bind me to the agreement whose text is also the name of the program?

Of course, I cancel the dialog and am greeted with this message:

To play the games we offer to you PLEASE press YES in the certificate window you will see. Then you will be able to play all the games we offer to you!

No legal words this time, just pleading to let gamesplayground.com offer for me to play games. (Or should that be pay games?)

And all this because I wanted to look at Dilbert!

And how much of the instructions will

  • Be available to re-read after I close the dialog
  • Actually work if WinXP hides my modem connection dialog

Does Scott adams know that his publishers advertisers are doing their best to dupe his loyal fans out of as much of GPB 20.00 a time? Lets hope not!

You can try the experience here but PLEASE don't accept to run the control and IE users, make sure you aren't set to run controls without prompting or heaven help you.

The link is: http://gaming.gamesplayground.co m/gaming.php?ac=060323&id=060323&iso=uk&route=3 05&serv=gaming&file=gaming and I've not made it a live link for obvious reasons, you are going to have to be clever enough to remove the "breakage" in the url to get it to work

User Journal

Journal Journal: Redeemed from debian dependancy hell

Using the series at http://www.debian.org/doc/manuals/apt-howto/ch-apt-get.en.html and some redhat rawhide experience I managed to get my debconf family packages high enough so that spamassassin 2.60 would build. I had to de-install "dialog" and "whiptail" and I'm just rebuilding ncurses5.3 do I can install a newer dialog.

Debians "will remove XXXX soon" really throws me, for some reason it got it into its head it was going to remove logrotate, acct, adduser, samba, etc and lots of essential stuff like the bsd* package. I couldn't find an easy way to change its mind apart from go through dselect and select everything that had a star in the left column but not the right.

I installed libhtml-parser-perl-3.28 WITHOUT perl unicode by editing the Makefile.PL and debian/control (so it would run on Perl 5.6), luckily deb's aren't so strict on pristine source so I didn't have to hack & combine the single patch file that debs use with my own changes,though for some reason the build package only included docs and no .pm files, so I had to "make install" from the build-dir which is a nasty hack, but at least spamassassin make test worked once it could find the html parser.

User Journal

Journal Journal: Debian Dependancy Hell

Just started suffering from Debian Dependancy Hell with apt-get and dselect

Once I "start" to install a debian package, even if it fails because of unsatisfied dependancies it then only knows of the "newer" "failed" package and I can't install the old one with dselect any more.

I build the latest spamassassin .deb from source but it wont install because I my version of html-parser-perl is tool old.

I can't install the latest html-parser-perl cos my perl is too old, etc etc, I need to upgrade the box.

So I install HTML-Parser-3.28 by hand the perl way. It passes all the test cases, NOW I can install spamassassin if I remove the dependancy on html-parser-perl as a package as I know I have the right files anyway.


> debian/rules clean
> debian/rules binary

perl: relocation error: /usr/lib/perl5/auto/HTML/Parser/Parser.so: undefined symbol: Perl_Tstack_sp_ptr

Lets start AGAIN

> dpkg-source -x spamassassin_2.61-1.dsc
> debian/rules binary

perl: relocation error: /usr/lib/perl5/auto/HTML/Parser/Parser.so: undefined symbol: Perl_Tstack_sp_ptr


And theres no way I can get back to where I was.

So I need to get perl 5.8 before can get html-parser-perl working the .deb way, I need to build debs from SOURCE if I want to avoid upgrading my entire libcs and dependancies, but .deb dont't have simple src.rpm like redhat so I can easy automate it.


Who says debian has no dependancy hell?


And if I dare add a "testing" source to /etc/apt/sources.list then dselect goes barmy telling me I have to update all kinds of packages.

It seems the useful notes are here:


Journal Journal: Got debian installed twice in one day!

I finally got debian installed twice in one day.
Once on a P133 box with 32MB RAM after smoothwall failed to take (some USB problem), and then again on a HP C110/777/9000 with PA Risc processor at 110MHz and 512MB RAM.

I find the main problem with the debian website (apart from the broken links which are probably a result of the debian server compromise) is that there are lots of "related-information" links between pages that have overlap. Its hard to tell if a link about "boot disks" in a section about installation will link to more talk about boot disks or the actual boot disk images.

It turns out the HPPA installation instructions are really quite simple:

1) Stick the HPPA box on a network where the gateway also has DHCP and BOOTP
2) from the debian woody distribution in the hppa-disks section grab the "lif*" file and cause tftp and dhcp to serve this as the boot image
3) boot the HPPA without a keyboard and a null modem cable to the serial console, set at 9600,8N1
4) Interrupt the boot process and type:
boot LAN

and that was it
Cheers to Bruce Perens and the gang for making it possible.

My previous failures were using sarge and I think my troubles were down to driver modules being available in udebs but not any standard .deb file.

Whats with udebs, anyway?

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