singingjim (1070652) writes "I've gone to plenty of baseball and football games at Dolphins Stadium (temporarily Landshark Stadium — thanks Jimmy Buffet) and yesterday was the first time that my driver's license was swiped on a card reader attached to the cash register to verify my age. But what else is gleaned from that magnetic strip and stored on some not-very-secure server in the basement of the stadium? Should I (we) be paranoid about such things, or should we just enjoy the game and chalk it up to the cost of living in this age of information suck? I asked for a supervisor to look at my ID before the guy could swipe it. I'm sure they thought I was some crackpot — and maybe I am. Any thoughts, rational or otherwise?" top
singingjim1 (1070652) writes "The world's first wooden supercar has been unveiled — and it's faster than a Porsche or a Lamborghini.
The 'Splinter' car can turn out a whopping 700bhp from its twin supercharged, 4.6litre V8 engine — almost 300bhp more than a Porsche 911.
And with a top speed of a staggering 240mph, it will leave the Porsche or even the brand new Lamborghini Revanton trailing in its wake." Link to Original Source top
singingjim1 writes "I'm not sure how you would actually post this as a story and I'm no writer, but you really should read this. It actually is very interesting. I know you're busy, but you will like this. This is a post from our forum thread about how and why a certain character set, "wget", consistently brings up 403 or 404 errors whenever it is entered onto any web page on an Australian ISP that the forum is hosted on.
It all started when pyser asked what the ultimate browser of all time was.
I tried to post my answer, but got the 403.
"Ahh, i spammed the forumz and it won't let me post", I thought.
I let it go for a while, trying various things to get my post karma back — posted in other threads, logged out/in etc, and let other people post in the thread.
Then ff3b3 came out, and I posted about it, almost without thinking, "great, my post karma's back! teh forumz like me again!"
Tried to make my post about the ultimate browser, but it 403'd again.
"Ahh crap, hit my karma limit already".
Tried for a day or so to trick the forumz again, nothing would let me post in that thread. other threads were fine, khall could post from the same ip address to the same thread, so by now I was getting a little annoyed.
So I turned to Mark Webber [his alter ego in the forumz — ed.] for help.
I asked him to post for me, with a little comment explaining what happened, but when he tried to post it, he got the same 403.
I have many browsers at my disposal now.
Mark tried several, and got the same result.
I got khall [his girlfriend — ed.] to try posting for me from her PC, it got the same result.
Mark bounced my message off another IP address in a totally independent browser, but he was still locked out.
It was as if I'd broken the thread and locked everyone out.
But not hkg [the forum owner — ed.].
Surely not hkg.
I asked hkg to post my message, but he was locked out too — same 403 error, with the additional 404.
So the next time I see him, he sits down in front of the administrative panel.
We go over every option.
Check the error logs.
Check the database.
At this point I believe I'm cursed and the forumz just hate me, so I whimsically suggest to hkg that he post to the same thread, as he normally would, of his own volition, without the message being in any way associated with me.
It worked. the post went in.
The forumz hate me? couldn't be. hkg tries posting my message again, changing all instances of the word "grantek" to "gurantekku".
It's something to do with my message.
So I do what any comp sci guy would do: binary search.
Split the message in half, find the half that causes the problem. If only one half, continue halving it until you see what's going on.
We narrow it down eventually.
The reason I couldn't post my message was because any time I mention the answer to the question "what's the ultimate browser?", it freaks out and 403's.
We couldn't believe it either.
"Surely I've posted the name of this browser before in teh forumz".
We have the technology [http://hardkore.net/stringcount.php].
Using the php tool I wrote to count the number of times a word has been uttered by a forumz user, we find the true cause of the problem.
It seems I've never uttered the name of the browser before.
Not because the php tool returned "0 results" or "you got burned!!", but because when we hit the submit button, we got a 403: forbidden and an additional 404, right there in the non-forumz related php tool written by me.
It appears hkg's web hosting company has a problem.
Somewhere in its PHP configuration, or its apache configuration, or perhaps as a bug in a module of one of those packages, there is a check.
The check is probably to see if you're trying to h4xx0r their serverz.
And, if you are h4xx0ring their servers, you will of course be doing it with the ultimate browser.
It is, of course, a good idea to panic and return a 403 error message.
When the 403 error page isn't found, you get the additional 404.
What then, is the ultimate browser that breaks the infrastructure that teh hardkore.net forumz are hosted on?
hkg posted it in his thread. it's 4 characters long, and for it to be accepted by the PHP/Apache backend and still render properly in his post, he had to insert PHPBB tags that collapse to nothing in the middle of the word.
If you quote his message and look at the code, you'll see how he had to post it.
Either way, if anyone's posts contain the string with the letters "w", "g", "e", and "t", in that order, you will break teh forumz.
Try it — it's fun:Smile: