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greycat

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Icon 1 posted November 10, 2010 06:22      Profile for greycat   Author's Homepage     Send New Private Message       Edit/Delete Post   Reply With Quote 
Whatever tech you guys were using to block my workplace's gigantic NAT, you've either disabled it, or my workplace has fixed their blacklisting. Good job, um, some nameless geek! [thumbsup]
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Icon 1 posted November 10, 2010 06:30      Profile for Ashitaka     Send New Private Message       Edit/Delete Post   Reply With Quote 
Technically all forums/ blogs, personal space is blaocked here too. But they just don't can't block every small (sorry) foreign language forum on the internet.

And they can't catch me because it is against the law to monitor my internet usage, even while am on the clock.

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Icon 14 posted November 10, 2010 08:59      Profile for Snaggy   Author's Homepage     Send New Private Message       Edit/Delete Post   Reply With Quote 
greycat! YAY! GreyT to see you again! [Big Grin]

How long were you blocked for? About a month ago we switched to Cloudflare for our DNS, which unfortunately was overzealous in it's bot detection, so a week or so ago I relaxed some of those rules.

If it's been longer, then we were probably blacklisted.

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Ugh, MightyClub
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Icon 1 posted November 10, 2010 10:22      Profile for Ugh, MightyClub     Send New Private Message       Edit/Delete Post   Reply With Quote 
Interesting, there was a short period starting about a month ago where when I tried to vote in the JoyPoll from work the page told me I already voted. Must be that was related to the DNS rules somehow as well.

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Snaggy

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Icon 3 posted November 10, 2010 12:15      Profile for Snaggy   Author's Homepage     Send New Private Message       Edit/Delete Post   Reply With Quote 
Hi Ugh!

Yep, that was due to the Cloudflare lumping IPs together, so the poll script thought a whole bunch of folks were the same, and wouldn't let them vote. (Until I figured that out, I thought no one liked the poll for a few days!)

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greycat

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Icon 1 posted November 11, 2010 06:18      Profile for greycat   Author's Homepage     Send New Private Message       Edit/Delete Post   Reply With Quote 
First of all, I want to stress that what I was experiencing was not a blacklist on the workplace side. I also have those, and I know what they look like (and how to get around them), and the JoT blocking was something totally different.

Mmm... I want to say I'd been JoT-less at work for about 2-3 weeks, but I don't remember for sure. I was able to read it at home just fine, of course, so I didn't really keep close track.

If the blocking was done at the DNS level, then that could easily reconcile the timeframes. A change to DNS takes time to propagate to slave servers and caches, so a change you made a week ago might have just shown up for me yesterday. Likewise, a change made 4 weeks ago at the zone's master server might have taken a week to affect me. This makes me suspect there's a one-week TTL (Time To Live) on the zone.

(I'm still a relative newbie with DNS, though.)

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Icon 1 posted November 16, 2010 06:05      Profile for greycat   Author's Homepage     Send New Private Message       Edit/Delete Post   Reply With Quote 
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Eeeet's baaaack....

So I'm (at least temporarily) using the same workaround that I use for the workplace-blacklisted sites (i.e., a squid proxy that goes through an ssh tunnel to my squid proxy running on my home network).

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Icon 2 posted November 16, 2010 09:16      Profile for Snaggy   Author's Homepage     Send New Private Message       Edit/Delete Post   Reply With Quote 
grrr, Cloudflare is turning into a headache. I trusted your IP greycat, hope that helps.

If it happens again, can you turn on javascript, and leave me a message?

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Icon 1 posted November 16, 2010 11:10      Profile for dragonman97   Author's Homepage     Send New Private Message       Edit/Delete Post   Reply With Quote 
Hmm...my fury at the notion of requiring JS to visit a website sparked my curiosity about CloudFlare. I'm going to need a bit more time to really read about this, and figure out how the heck it works, but JS nonsense aside, it looks pretty damned cool.

Interesting.
(if not a tad confounding!)

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greycat

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Icon 1 posted November 18, 2010 06:11      Profile for greycat   Author's Homepage     Send New Private Message       Edit/Delete Post   Reply With Quote 
Web developers still think you either have "Javascript turned on" or "Javascript turned off". That is so 2002.

I'm using NoScript which means I have JS turned on or off on a per-domain basis. Their error message doesn't say which domain I'm supposed to turn on. I already have geekculture.com allowed.

I've taken .geekculture.com out of my squid.conf.local ACLs for tunneling, so if it happens again, I'll notice it for sure.

Oh, and just so you know, the visible IP address there is the public side of the NAT for the entire Cleveland Clinic main campus -- probably about 20,000 people, give or take a few tens of thousands.

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