Curveball Issue 24 Pushed Back to June

Submitted by Christopher Wright on

... well obviously it has, because it's June. Still, a brief explanation is in order.

Issue 24 is a double-sized issue (about 16,000 words instead of the standard 8-10K) so there's more to write. On top of that, I've been putting longer hours in at work because we're testing a new release, so I have less actual time to write. This has made my hope of getting the issue out on time a bit unrealistic.

I hope that it will be out this week. I am positive it will be out this month.

Sorry for the delay. Thanks for your patience. Assuming you are, in fact, patient, and not simply apathetic. :-D

EvisceratiNet & going ad-free... for a while

Submitted by Christopher Wright on

In the process of trying to turn on SSL I've discovered that the ads served by Project Wonderful are only served over http: and not https:. This is what has been causing your browsers to report that some of the content on this site isn't secure.

I've been in contact with Project Wonderful and they plan to enable SSL-supported advertising soon, but it's not ready yet. I've volunteered to beta test it for them when the time comes, but until then I'm turning ads off. I don't consider Project Wonderful a security risk at all, I just think it's better for people visiting my site not to have to keep encountering those browser warnings.

SSL Status

Submitted by Christopher Wright on

SSL is active on the site.

70-90% of the time you should automatically be redirected to the secure link (https).

Some of the domains that redirect to and don't play nice with the certificate and if you hit them your browser will pop up a warning.

That's as far as I can go for the moment. Maybe tomorrow night I'll get the rest of the way there.

Site activating SSL, Single Sign-On Going Away

Submitted by Christopher Wright on

You may or may not be aware of Firesheep, a Firefox plugin that makes it ridiculously easy to commit identity theft. It was released about the same time EvisceratiNet went live, and had about 200,000 downloads in the first two days. I just found out about it yesterday.

Here's the short version: when you sign in to most web sites, the web site will mark you as logged in by placing a cookie in your browser that essentially says "yeah this guy's OK." Most of these cookies are unencrypted -- that is, there are no particular safeguards against another browser reading and/or using that cookie other than it's being sent to you and the general expectation is that it won't be intercepted and used by anyone else.

However, if you're getting these cookies over a wireless connection, especially a public one, it is actually possible, and apparently very easy, for anyone with the right equipment to collect any cookies sent your way. Firesheep does just that. When you activate the plugin a new bar appears in your Firefox browser with a list of every insecure cookie it finds. And if you click on one of those cookies, it logs you in to whatever service the intended recipient of the cookie was trying to access.

It might look the same, but it's new all over...

Submitted by Christopher Wright on

Welcome back. You may have noticed the "under construction" sign that's been up for the last two or three weeks (I honestly can't remember how long it's been at this point -- it's all one big nightmarish blur). The site has gone through some fairly radical changes under the hood, and I'm pleased to say that they appear to have been mostly successful. Mostly.

Of course, most of the changes required I lock everyone out while I was doing them, so they haven't been properly tested. Welcome back, beta team!