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UK Licensing Site Requires MSIE Emulation, But Won't Work With MSIE 94

Posted by timothy
from the strange-circlings-back dept.
Anne Thwacks writes The British Government web site for applying for for a licence to be a security guard requires a plugin providing Internet Explorer emulation on Firefox to login and apply for a licence. It won't work with Firefox without the add-on, but it also wont work with Internet Explorer! (I tried Win XP and Win7 Professional). The error message says "You have more than one browser window open on the same internet connection," (I didn't) and "to avoid this problem, close your browser and reopen it." I did. No change.

I tried three different computers, with three different OSes. Still no change. I contacted their tech support and they said "Yes ... a lot of users complain about this. We have known about it since September, and are working on a fix! Meanwhile, we have instructions on how to use the "Fire IE" plugin to get round the problem." Eventually, I got this to work on Win7pro. (The plugin will not work on Linux). The instructions require a very old version of the plugin, and a bit of trial and error is needed to get it to work with the current one. How can a government department concerned with security not get this sort of thing right?"

Comment: Re:Prepare to restore from backup often (Score 1) 255

by rtb61 (#49359839) Attached to: Generate Memorizable Passphrases That Even the NSA Can't Guess

When you cut and paste, the length and hence complexity will significantly increase ie a 15 character password can become a 128 character password. Now should that become default, the entered password no longer needs to be characters at all but can be a straight up bit stream of significant length. They then of course need access to your device to break down your password.

Comment: Re:The butting edge (Score 1) 33

by hairyfeet (#49359583) Attached to: Toshiba Announces 3D Flash With 48 Layers

You brought up the Steam hardware survey? You might want to look at the sizes of the latest game releases. 35GB isn't even surprising anymore, and several 50GB+ games have already been released and even on a fast connection a game that size? Gonna take awhile to download so unless you wanna have to wait hours just to play a game drives will only be going up.

That doesn't even count those that are recording pictures and videos, HD adds up ya know, and those ripping their DVD or BD collections gonna need space, hell lots of reasons for having more space and even a lot of the new laptops are sporting 750GB-1TB drives so I really don't see many being happy with only having 250GB or less, SSD or not.

Comment: Re:What difference does it make (Score 1) 121

by rtb61 (#49358879) Attached to: Australia Passes Mandatory Data Retention Law

Where the point in reality is to readily selectively destroy people's lives if they don't vote right. So, the government can readily check you political allegiances and if you didn't vote right, prevent you from ever gaining government employment. Now, seriously, you don't think all right wing governments will be trolling through meta data to exclude left wing employees to ensure all government departments are stacked with ring wing employee, so even when the left wins their policies purposefully fail. That is why they are keeping meta data, when filtering millions to exclude thousands with out them knowing, to gain and maintain total control. Not only wont you be getting that government job if you don't vote right but you will be excluded from corporate employment, they will economically destroy you. The message, thinking left, see it makes you are failure, think right to succeed. It is as truly evil as it appears to be.

Comment: Re:Running joke (Score 1) 241

by rtb61 (#49358727) Attached to: How Professional Russian Trolls Operate

No that is not true at all. In this case the reality is they get fully funded by the government and their activities are only reviewed annually at budget time. Also they incorporate already full time career, paid staff, with university educations.

That's right radio free Europe https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/... is owned by the US government, the worlds staunchest defender of the truth, bwa hah hah hah. You guys so funny, it's like you're not even trying any more. Here read this, https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/.... I mean seriously, dudes, be a little more artful in your subterfuges. Yes, all US government sources of information have been permanently tainted, well, at least until significant reform in the US electoral process has been seen and that starts to reflect in government administration.

Bwa hah hah hah (those full timers are spies, not very good ones it seems but yes NSA and/or CIA not sure how well those two play together, each seeking to grab their own power base). No I am not Russian nor am I paid by Russia, not that I would be averse to being paid by Russia, there ain't anything evil in that. The evil is in what you do and the means used always justify the ultimate end (not that short term one you think you win but the real consequences you end up with).

Comment: Re:Cher gouvernement (Score 1) 232

If you are going to have not-gambling (in reality just betting until the odds guarantee you lose), then isn't it better that only the government be allowed to play and that money go to pay for social services, rather than lining some slimy shit head greedy piece of shit arsehole's pockets as well as the lying advertisers who promote losing at those establishment whilst pretending you are winning.

Really it should be law, that all for profit gambling, should actually be an equal odds gamble and both sides should share the exact same chance of losing. When the government does it, should it not be only for tax services, to pay for social services. Allowing the other in full knowledge of the reality of what is actually going on is the epitome of corruption.

The reality of course about website blocking is the thin edge of the wedge to allow, corporations via their control of government to allow full and total censorship of the internet unless you can pay significant sums for access. Every single corporate controlled right wing government continually relentlessly pushes the censorship line and the argument is it must be safe for sheep 'er' children.

Comment: Re:it could have been an accident (Score 1) 724

by rtb61 (#49358577) Attached to: Germanwings Plane Crash Was No Accident

The flip side of your claim is of course, if you are going to murder someone and make it look like suicide, after doing every thing else right, you make the mistake of shooting them in the head twice.

Problem here seems to be a global of problem of right wing cheapness and stupidity resulting in a collapse of proper mental health services. Perhaps certain roles, police, pilot, teacher, doctor, nurse, politician should undergo regular mental health check ups as well as of course at initial application to make sure they are in the proper mental state to carry out the role. Perhaps there should not be such great stigma associated with mental health and shock horror, government paid temporary payments whilst a person is recovering should be made, because of duration of illness and time to assure reasonably safe access back to work. Perhaps mental health services should be much more accessible and fully covered by universal health.

care. Nah, that's just to damn expensive, cheaper to 'PRETEND' to care how the poor and middle class die and make token efforts that look like they might have affect and then let the suckers die. Just fly private jet with pilots that we do check and dump at the slightest hint of mental illness.

Yep, we are dying all over the place directly because of a right wing cheap ass attitude to mental health services and will continue to do so if we believe stupid things like, lock the cockpit door to keep terrorist out but allow it to be opened from the outside, how about arm the crew yep the whole crew, shoot out in the plane will save everyone. Nah, just stick with PR=B$ to make them believe we are doing something about the problem while actually doing not much at all.

Comment: Re:The butting edge (Score 1) 33

by Kjella (#49358457) Attached to: Toshiba Announces 3D Flash With 48 Layers

I got modded down a few times here (unsurprisingly) when I mentioned who needs more than 1 TB besides some niche use. Everyone and their brother went on how creating a NAS from scratch and their database project at work was average Joe stuff and I didn't know what what I was talking about.

I think the Steam hardware survey is a pretty good indication, of the people on steam only 23.5% have >1TB disk space. And they're probably way above average as the average officer worker (no, not you with the MSDN collection and 14 VMs) sure doesn't use that much, nor the kind of people who could use a Chromebook. The "problem" for HDD manufacturers though is that they've killed any interest in anything but $/GB. The most typical big media people have is video and it's accessed linearly and for that hard drives work just fine. Everything else you can put on an SSD. So the incentive to invest is really, really low.

I guess same reason we should be seeing 128 gig ram machines but are not. Simply there is no market but it could easily be done today

Yes, I looked building an 8x8GB rig back in end of 2012 when the RAM market tanked but couldn't really find any reason to. In fact the 4x4GB RAM from 2011 is pretty much the only component I kept when I upgraded last year. By the way, for $2-3k you can now get an X99 mobo, Xeon E5-2603 and 8x16GB DDR4 Reg/ECC RAM but unless it's all about the RAM performance will be very anemic. But I haven't even found the incentive to bump it up to 32GB yet, which I could do any time. It doesn't exactly help that prices have more than doubled the last 2-3 years.

Comment: Re:Compactness and Readability (Score 1) 262

by Kjella (#49357573) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: What Makes Some Code Particularly Good?

Well in this case I'd say there's Google and Wikipedia, use them. The source code is not the right place to teach someone about what CRC32 is or when, where or why you might want to use it. It's almost as bad as comments that try to teach you the programming language you're in. If you're implementing something that's not in an RFC or standard of some sort, I'd agree with you.

The trouble with being punctual is that people think you have nothing more important to do.