hey, scion, im not very skilled in php lingolese, but, could your issue be related to the change DH made to handling php which so happens just went into effect yesterday?
PHP Configuration Change, allow_url_fopen Disabled (Policy Change)
Posted: Mar 16th, 2005 - 11:42:06 AM PST (1 day 17 hours ago)
PHP provides a feature allowing a programmer to open, include or otherwise use a remote file
using a URL rather than a local file path. Unfortunately, that feature is the source of a large
number of security holes in PHP web applications running on our servers and we have been
spending an increasing amount of time handling issues resulting from those security exploits.
In the interest of overall system security, we have decided to disable this feature as of now. We
apologize for any inconvenience this may cause. Please contact our support team if you have