The port is in a CLOSE_WAIT state.
Are you sure ? Have you checked by using netstat to get the port and the using iftop with a filter to view traffic on that port and interface ?
Thus I seem to be always constantly calling home...
sudo apt-get install iftop
matthew-S206:/home/matthew % netstat -plan | grep WAIT
(Not all processes could be identified, non-owned process info
will not be shown, you would have to be root to see it all.)
tcp 1 0 192.168.0.111:44939 18.104.22.168:119 CLOSE_WAIT 4468/slrn
tcp 1 0 192.168.0.111:38400 22.214.171.124:80 CLOSE_WAIT 2629/firefox
My wireless interface is currently called eth0. I suspect yours is most probably called wlan0 (assuming you are connecting wirelessly).
sudo iftop -i eth0 -f "src port 38400"
Are you sure it's not just a bug in the program where it's not sending it's FIN ACK to close the connection correctly ?
Why are there permanent connections, and how could I stop this from starting up on my machine?
My point is, have you actually checked to see if this is a bug or if there actually is traffic going across ?
I understand its for timezones, but If my computer is only within one constant area, should I really be wasting my bandwidth on that?
If there is no traffic then you are not wasting bandwidth.
The fix you posted should stop the connection as far as i am aware. I have not seen it being 12.10 specific but i may be wrong here as i cannot check. So i am open to correction.