As you may or may not have figured out from the last status updates, we are in a position where we are being forced to restore the database from a backup. No, there was no data loss. (Though if you've logged in since the site was in read-only mode, you'll probably have to log in again when we go...
Re: F5 Exploit
Well, there is a time when it's acceptable to land on a POST page. That's when there's an input error that you want the user to fix. (It's okay since resubmitting the form will just generate the same error.)
This, however, is obviously not the case here.
Building a kernel module?
sudo apt-get install kernel-package fakeroot build-essential libncurses5-dev
You'll also need to grab the linux-headers package for your kernel, but I don't remember which one Ubuntu 10.04 runs. You can use uname -a to find out which.
I've had luck with Ubuntu and Wine. The trick is to add wine's PPA instead of using the version provided by Ubuntu.
This applies to any distribution, really. Use the packages provided by Wine and not the distribution. (It tends to be overly old.)...
Full-site HTTPS is already in place. You're welcome to use it. There are a few usability-related issues with it, though.
As for the links that show as http instead of https, those are all from someone using the [url] tag and pasting the whole URL in. (Shouts, journals, notes, comments...
We are trying out a new ad provider. We are working with them to work out the kinks in the system.
Ads with sound is the reason I most often hear cited for people to use Ad Block, so yeah. I can categorically say that ads with sound are completely unacceptable.
I don't think I've "replaced" a computer in years. My desktop is a frankenputer that's been through all manner of parts, cases and configurations. Generally speaking, I consider it "replaced" when I change the motherboard, RAM and CPU. But those don't all necessarily happen at the same time...
I've been using Natty for about a week at work. I don't have any problems with it except for Unity. Oh, god, fucking Unity. It's like they tried to rip of MacOS and did a terrible job of it. Fortunately, getting rid of it is as simple as choosing "Ubuntu Classic" from the menu before logging in...
I have used that in quite a while, but they were pretty good at finding and removing viruses when I last used them.
As for the USB device, make sure the computer you plug it into is set to show hidden and system files.