Link does seem to be broken

Story: Geek Girls Make a Point at Linux ConferenceTotal Replies: 11
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djohnston

Feb 28, 2010
5:45 PM EDT
In my case, clicking on the "Full Story" link, (http://lxer.com/module/newswire/ext_link.php?rid=132425), resolves to:

https://secure.lxer.com/registration/?rPage=login&url=http%3A%2F%2Flxer.com%2F&eRightsSessionExpired=true&forced=true

Message displayed on the non-loaded page is "The service is not available. Please try again later.".
gus3

Feb 28, 2010
9:06 PM EDT
Is this the third time in as many days that LXer couldn't redirect a click to a story?
Scott_Ruecker

Feb 28, 2010
11:57 PM EDT
Hmm...I am going to talk to Bob about this.
Sander_Marechal

Mar 01, 2010
3:27 AM EDT
Strange. It works for me...
lcafiero

Mar 01, 2010
2:16 PM EDT
It works for me, too.

However, I have had trouble with the San Jose Mercury News Web site in the past around the issue of relinking stories. As I mentioned on another thread, it's beyond ironic that a newspaper would make it hard for people to visit their site to read their stories (and prevent people from doing what they REALLY want -- read their Web ads).

I work for a newspaper that is part of the chain that includes the Merc. I will ask the IT guys there WTF when I get to work today.

Larry Cafiero
tuxchick

Mar 01, 2010
2:41 PM EDT
The Merc has always been weird with links. I quit using their stories for brand x a long time ago because of their shape-shifting URLs.
Scott_Ruecker

Mar 01, 2010
3:17 PM EDT
There is certainly something unusual going on, but it is not on the LXer side.

The URL Quoted is fake.

https://secure.lxer.com/registration/?rPage=login&url=http%3A%2F%2Flxer.com%2F&eRightsSessionExpired=true&forced=true

There is no "secure.lxer.com" subdomain, and secondly we do not offer https ssl service.

If you want I can pull the story off the newswire.
TxtEdMacs

Mar 01, 2010
3:40 PM EDT
Scott,

The story seems possible to access. I remember trying two links in succession where the first failed and the second just worked. So I would suggest keeping it and letting those that have problems see if the links on various threads work for them.

Txt.
alc

Mar 01, 2010
4:38 PM EDT
Works fine here.
gus3

Mar 01, 2010
5:56 PM EDT
First click failed, sending me to that bogus "secure.lxer.com" thing.

Then I enabled JavaScript, and the second click worked.

Then I disabled JavaScript, and the third click failed.

But the fourth click worked, after I changed nothing.

There's something at "secure.passport.mnginteractive.com" that's redirecting back to LXer. Here is the HTTP response header:

HTTP/1.1 302 Moved Temporarily Date: Mon, 01 Mar 2010 21:46:39 GMT Server: Apache/2.0.52 (Red Hat) X-ATG-Version: ATGPlatform/7.1p2 [ DASLicense/0 DPSLicense/0 DSSLicense/0 PortalLicense/0 ] Location: ht tps:// secure.lxer.com /registration/?rPage=login&url=http%3A%2F%2Flxer.com%2Fmodule%2Fnewswire%2Fview%2F132425%2Findex.html&eRightsSessionExpired=true&forced=true Content-Type: text/html Via: 1.1 redline3 (Juniper Networks Application Acceleration Platform - DX 5.3.1 0)

(note cleverly added space in "Location:" URL, to prevent LXer parsing it into a link)

This is being sent back from https://secure.passport.mnginteractive.com/mngi/servletDispa...

BRAIN DEAD
Sander_Marechal

Mar 02, 2010
3:46 AM EDT
I can reproducte the problem with Gus3's information.

It seems to be a problem with the Adservers of these guys: http://www.medianewsgroup.com/Interactive/ They run the website.
gus3

Mar 02, 2010
10:18 AM EDT
And for the record:

Wireshark to see where it's coming from, and "about:cache" in Firefox to read it, since it came through HTTPS.

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