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On the move!

Agh! You’re still here? My new site and weblog, is now up and running; new posts are building up over there, never to be mirrored here. Go! What are you waiting for? All the stuff worth keeping has been migrated over to the new server, and I don’t anticipate making any more posts here.

Bloggers and webmasters: Update your links! Simply replace with in your blogrolls or bookmarks to point to the new site. Old posts will remain on this server for as long as the people at Blogger/Google allow them to remain; unfortunately, I’m not going to bother to come up with any way of converting permalinks on this blog to their corresponding posts on the new site. Yes, I plead laziness. I also realize the irony of switching away from Blogger just it starts to add features that the demanding blog nerds insist upon.

Thanks for reading and linking, and see you over at!

—Ian King, December 13, 2004

Saturday, January 25, 2003

A few bugs in the system

It seems that the NDP have had some troubles with their fancy new electronic voting devices. The vote-counting computer seems to be beset by some problem that is preventing members in the convention centre and possibly those online from voting. The NDP's use of Internet voting is a first for a Canadian political party's leadership race. The party's officials say that the voting should still proceed on scheduled, but...

Earl Hurd of, the company that is running the voting system, suspects that a common internet prank might be occurring.

"We believe that it is a denial of service attack, not a virus"

This attack, where a series of computers all try to access a computer on the Internet at once, attempts to overload a computer so that no other users can access the computer. According to Hurd, voting had been proceeding at a suspiciously slow pace, and that one login name had been getting used repeatedly.

More on Distributed Denial of Service (DDoS) attacks from Symantec.
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