sticks to IE 6 cos it’s more ‘cost effective’, innit

The petition itself was sent to Number 10 earlier this year asking then Prime Minister Gordon Brown to follow German and French governments’ decisions to ditch IE 6.

Brown’s administration was unmoved by security concerns about the crinkly old browser, however.

It claimed at the time that its system, along with regular Microsoft updates, meant it was robust enough against the kind of attack that claimed over 30 corporate firms at the end of last year.

Google was perhaps the most high-profile victim of those attacks. It has since turned its back on supporting the old MS browser in its web apps.

At the same time, Microsoft too has been trying to shepherd users away from IE 6 and Windows XP – the operating system that refuses to die – in favour of its more recent software efforts.

But the ConDem government is singing from the same hymnbook as Number 10’s previous incumbents.

Freetards on the interwebs are in uproar about the decision, and the El Reg mailbox is overflowing with comments from outraged coders.

“Apparently the IT team in Whitehall has yet to realise you could quite easily use IE6 for IE6 only sites, and receive the protection of a more modern browser such as IE8, FF and Chrome for everything else,” Reg reader Mark told us.

“As a senior web application developer, the mention of the positive word ‘standards’ in a document about IE6 makes me die a little on the inside — ‘Public sector organisations are free to identify software that supports their business needs as long as it adheres to appropriate standards’ — I’m not sure which standards they mean… but certainly not the HTML ones.”

Alas, Internet Explorer 6 is here to stay to keep the wheels of central government turning in this big fat society of ours, people. ®

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By Kelly Fiveash

Computers in Whitehall will largely continue to run Microsoft’s Internet Explorer 6, which will make web coders spit out their cheese‘n’pickle sarnies this lunchtime.

“It is not straightforward for HMG departments to upgrade IE versions on their systems. Upgrading these systems to IE 8 can be a very large operation, taking weeks to test and roll out to all users.”

“To test all the web applications currently used by HMG departments can take months at significant potential cost to the taxpayer. It is therefore more cost effective in many cases to continue to use IE6 and rely on other measures, such as firewalls and malware scanning software, to further protect public sector internet users,” it said. Leer más “ sticks to IE 6 cos it’s more ‘cost effective’, innit”

AdFreak: Ad agency is slap-happy about U.K. election


Ever wanted to slap a politician in the face? Well, now you can. A British ad agency came up with a clever way to gauge viewer reaction during the live debates ahead of the May 6 elections in the U.K.. It’s called the Slapometer. The site shows Conservative leader David Cameron, Liberal Democrat Nick Clegg and Prime Minister Gordon Brown—and you can slap any one of them when he says something you disagree with or find stupid. Finally, a constructive outlet for that controversial “Hit the Bitch” functionality! The Slapometer site keeps track of your particular slaps, all slaps today, all slaps ever—and also divides them up by debate. They’re into the tens of millions of slaps already, so I’d have to say Albion London really slapped a nerve with this one.

—Posted by Christine Hall

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10 Downing Tweets: Una herramienta visual para monitorizar las elecciones británicas en Twitter | Yorokobu


A finales de marzo dos investigadores de HP, Sitaram Asur y Bernardo A. Huberman, presentaron en EEUU un ensayo sobre la utilización de los medios sociales como herramienta de predicción del futuro analizando más de 3 millones de tweets. En su tesis concluyeron que Twitter ofrece un barómetro muy eficaz para predecir si una película va a ser un éxito en taquilla o no. Ahora una agencia británica ha aprovechado el enorme cultivo de información que ofrece la red de microblogging con la creación de 10 Downing Tweets, una infografía viviente que aunque no dice tener las llaves del futuro sí permite tomar el pulso del sentimiento de los británicos acerca de las elecciones en tiempo real.

El site agrega todas las menciones que se producen en twitter de los diversos líderes y partidos políticos. Permite visualizar además las últimas actualizaciones de los 6 principales partidos, de modo que de un vistazo, te puedes hacer un idea de los temas que más están dando que hablar durante el día.


En la actualidad, se puede deducir que Nick Clegg es el político que más está dando que hablar seguido de cerca por el actual primer ministro Gordon Brown a pocas horas del segundo debate que se celebrará esta noche entre los principales candidatos.

Según Gail Dudlesten, CEO de twentysix, la agencia autora del site, el objetivo es intentar dar una visión global. “Queremos ver cómo el movimiento en Twitter captura el sentir de la nación durante este periodo electoral. El site permite a los usuarios participar en una encuesta online que proporciona datos al minuto. También ofrece la posibilidad de conectar con tu cuenta en Twitter para difundir la información allí. En algunas partes del site dirigimos el tráfico hacia el registro oficial del gobierno para que los usuarios se apunten a las listas electorales”.


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