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 Post subject: My school blocked NESdev
PostPosted: Fri Apr 07, 2017 8:57 am 
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My school restricted the schools access to NESdev for an unspecified reason, which I don't understand why, considering that this website is suprisingly educational! I don't know, I'd just thought I'd mention.


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PostPosted: Fri Apr 07, 2017 8:58 am 
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Is only access from classroom buildings blocked, or is access from student dormitories also blocked?


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PostPosted: Fri Apr 07, 2017 9:00 am 
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Classroom buildings, we don't have dorms.


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PostPosted: Fri Apr 07, 2017 9:08 am 
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The company I used to work for back in 2008 blocked Nesdev and classified it as a "gaming website".


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PostPosted: Fri Apr 07, 2017 10:47 am 
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The company I work for blocks it as "browsing/other." I can access the site by appending /?at.com to the url.


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PostPosted: Fri Apr 07, 2017 10:50 am 
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never-obsolete wrote:
I can access the site by appending /?at.com to the url.

What does that do? (Aside from changing the text of the URL.)


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PostPosted: Fri Apr 07, 2017 10:51 am 
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Passes in an unused argument to a web page, and apparently defeats a horribly designed web filter that doesn't know how to properly parse a URL.

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PostPosted: Fri Apr 07, 2017 10:52 am 
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rainwarrior wrote:
What does that do? (Aside from changing the text of the URL.)

I'm not sure. You can do it to any site that's blocked. It's tedious because you have to copy-paste each link you want to click on and add that string.


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PostPosted: Fri Apr 07, 2017 10:54 am 
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Sounds like a good time to learn how to make a Userscript for Greasemonkey or Tampermonkey, or at least a bookmarklet that will edit links.

Probably the bookmarklet would be a good start. It begins with "javascript:(function(){ YOUR CODE HERE })()" If you've never used javascript before, start with "var links = document.getElementsByTagName("A");"

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PostPosted: Fri Apr 07, 2017 11:09 am 
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I knew there had to be a way to automate it, thanks for the info.


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PostPosted: Fri Apr 07, 2017 1:07 pm 
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What happens if you access the site over https?

https://forums.nesdev.com/

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PostPosted: Fri Apr 07, 2017 1:08 pm 
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It works, thanks!


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PostPosted: Fri Apr 07, 2017 2:20 pm 
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I can think of three ways for school to block that workaround: block all sites on the same IPv4 address, watch the ClientHello for the cleartext hostname in the Server Name Indication field, or route all HTTPS traffic through a man in the middle and require all clients to install the school's internal CA's root certificate.

But because it affects only classrooms, not home, I imagine it shouldn't cause quite as much of a problem.


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PostPosted: Fri Apr 07, 2017 3:41 pm 
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Had this happen to me at a coding jam. A CODING JAM.

You could try getting a VPN so the school doesn't know what sites you visit. That or set up your home router as a a VPN server so you can connect through your home network while at school.


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DementedPurple wrote:
It works, thanks!

I'm glad you managed to bypass the block. ;)


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