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bio website owlfolio.org
location Pittsburgh, PA
age 36
visits member for 2 years, 7 months
seen Jul 21 at 19:56

Hello, my name is Zachary Weinberg. I go by “Zack,” except on paper. Pleased to meet you.

I’m about thirty-five years old, and I grew up in the suburbs of Los Angeles, California. I do computer security research at CMU.

I AM NOT LOOKING FOR A JOB. DO NOT CONTACT ME WITH ANY SORT OF JOB OFFER. I regret the bluntness and ALLCAPSNESS of the previous statement, but this account has become a principal source of the recruitment spam I get, and anything short of a flat-out upfront NO is completely ineffective. *waves old man cane at clouds*


Jul
27
comment If the only thing I use MySQL for is Wordpress, do I need MySQL's timezone tables?
The MySQL documentation makes it sound like various time-related SQL functions use these tables implicitly, but perhaps only if you set the database timezone to something other than 'SYSTEM'. The question is really 'what are Wordpress's expectations of MySQL regarding time stamps'? Also, what alternative data storage options exist? (I would be delighted to get rid of MySQL, but my options on this particular hosting provider are MySQL and 'anything PHP can do using flat files and no cron jobs'.)
Jul
27
asked If the only thing I use MySQL for is Wordpress, do I need MySQL's timezone tables?
Mar
6
comment Which of WordPress's .php files need to be directly accessible via HTTP?
Right, any .php file that can appear in a hyperlink needs to be accessible via HTTP. But the vast majority of Wordpress's .php files are only used via require-type statements in the PHP code, which bypasses the web server's access permissions. Those files don't need to be valid HTTP GET destinations, and it might improve security to prevent them. I know how to write an .htaccess file that blocks access to files, I just need the list of .php files that shouldn't be denied.
Mar
2
awarded  Student
Mar
2
asked Which of WordPress's .php files need to be directly accessible via HTTP?
Mar
2
awarded  Autobiographer