Upgrading WordPress to PHP 7 and broken permalinks

I recently upgraded this server from PHP 5 and Debian 7 “Wheezy”  to PHP 7 and Debian 9″Stretch”, and everything seemed fine.  Except that all my permalinks stopped working.  I’m running Apache (2) as my web server, and it had been working fine with PHP 5, so at first I assumed it was something with PHP 7.  There were some places where my config files needed to be updated for PHP 7, but that wasn’t the problem.

Turns out that in apache2.conf there was a configuration that read:

<Directory /home/www>
 Options Indexes FollowSymLinks
 AllowOverride None
 Require all granted
</Directory>

That needed to be changed to:

<Directory /home/www>
 Options Indexes FollowSymLinks
 AllowOverride All
 Require all granted
</Directory>

And after restarting apache2, it all worked (bolding just to show the change).

No, 71% of Doctors are not concerned about Hillary Clinton’s health

It’s a shocker of a headline:

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And it’s a lie.

First, it’s conducted by a group known as “American Physicians and Surgeons (AAPS)”. Here’s part of their Wikipedia entry:

The association is generally recognized as politically conservative or ultra-conservative, and its publication advocates a range of scientifically discredited theories, including the belief that HIV does not cause AIDS, that being gay reduces life expectancy, that there is a link between abortion and breast cancer, and that there are links between autism and vaccinations.

In other words, charlatans.

And, their polling is just as specious.  Even they describe it as “an informal internet survey” — not scientific at all. Are the respondents really doctors? Did people submit multiple entries? All we know is that only people who are attracted to this nutball organization were the ones venting their spleen.  Assuming they know what a spleen is…

Now Hillary is just trolling the GOP on emails.

Pretty much as I predicted nearly three weeks ago, Hillary Clinton has wiped clean her server so that there’s no chance of reviewing the emails she did not turn over to the Department of State.  Here’s what her lawyer wrote to Congressman Trey Gowdy:

To avoid prolonging a discussion that would be academic, I have confirmed with the secretary’s IT support that no emails…..for the time period January 21, 2009 through February 1, 2013 reside on the server or on any back-up systems associated with the server.

That won’t stop people from trying to find a way to still recover those emails, but let me offer a word of advice: it’s not going to happen and you’re getting played here.

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Will MSNBC be left out of the upcoming Apple Streaming TV Service?

The NY Times has details today of Apple’s upcoming streaming TV service, and there’s one quote that has me wondering:

One major entertainment company not involved in the latest round of discussions is Comcast and its NBCUniversal entertainment group, the people said.

Although the article focuses more on NBCUniversal’s entertainment channels, there’s one other channel in its lineup: the MSNBC news network. Apple’s not striking a deal with Comcast means that MSNBC would be excluded from Apple’s streaming service.  The article indicates that Fox is included in the service, so, presumably, Fox News would be available.

Dish TV’s Sling TV service includes CNN, so it’s not hard to envision Apple picking up CNN as well.  That means, in the end, Apple could offer all the major Cable News networks except MSNBC.

That’s the problem with being owned by a content distribution company — MSNBC could find what’s best for it (widest distribution across all channels) is at odds with what’s best for its parent (people sticking to cable TV), and MSNBC would end up the loser in that battle.