Internet & Related Stuff

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For Internet and Related Stuff.

So.. my Ubuntu 10.10 box having been supplied with RPA data for Firefox and Thunderbird, upgraded me to Firefox 8.0 about a week ago.

Interestingly now if I try to hit http://www.asb.co.nz it now tries to send me a download into my browser...

"application/vnd.wap.xhtml+xml (-1 bytes)"

If I hit their Fastnet site directly https://fnc.asbbank.co.nz that renders as expected - until you finish your session, click 'logout' and it tries to redirect you elsewhere.

I was engaging ASB via Twitter who have their guys 'looking into it' and it appears to be related to my Firefox 8 upgrade.

Interestingly I also discovered that www.hotfrog.co.nz wont load in Firefox 8 either. However I grabbed the User Agent Switching plugin last night, and today I can visit both of the above with an alternative user-agent selected.

For comparison here's my pre and post-upgrade user-agents:

"Mozilla/5.0 (X11; Linux x86_64; rv:7.0.1) Gecko/20100101 Firefox/7.0.1"

(well, as of 11 November)

"Mozilla/5.0 (Ubuntu; X11; Linux x86_64; rv:8.0) Gecko/20100101 Firefox/8.0"

(as of today)

Interesting the 'Ubuntu' assertion that's been inserted.

So, um, 'hai hotfrog, hai ASB, please update your user-agent lists, thx!' :-)

(And it's not just me. Check out Auckland LUG discussion for more.)

Web URL's known to not work with my FF8/Ubuntu User Agent:

www.asb.co.nz as at 20111130 renders mobile site. @ASBBank have Acknowledged and are 'looking into' it.
www.hotfrog.co.nz as at 20111130 doesn't work at all. @HotFrogAU has Acknowledged which is excellent.
www.cudo.co.nz as at 20111130 renders mobile site. No tweeting for them?

Stuff has the article thanks to @roanne1 for tweeting about it.

I know for a fact one of my email addresses is in that database. So i'm keen to see this plonker, plonked...

Shamelessly stolen from https://addons.mozilla.org/en-US/firefox/addon/gmail-manager/reviews/ part way down the page.

So originally when this broke a few days ago I did Xander/Divirsit's fix and it seemed to work good. However earlier today I noticed that it stopped letting me left click on the user account and correctly pull up the gmail mailbox in a new tab. It would always redirect me to the gmail login page instead of auto logging in like it always did.. I ended up modifying the link in gmServiceGmail.js as follows:

this._loginURL = "https://www.google.com/accounts/ServiceLoginAuth";
should be changed to this
this._loginURL = "https://accounts.google.com/ServiceLoginAuth";

After I changed that I can now click on a mailbox from gmail manager and it launch the mailbox fully logged in like usual. If anyone else started having this same problem today try the above change, hopefully it works..

I'm hoping the dev picks back up this add-on or maybe we'll have to repackage it and release it soon under a different name.

Implemented and worked for me. You need to restart Firefox before it'll take effect.

Piracy, or Piracy? :-)

There's a certain resonant truth in this "LulzSec" article by Patrick Grey, the man behind Risky Business, a Security Blogger and Podcaster known to the NZ 'scene'.

It's hilarious. Hilarious because it's so true.

In my opinion it is possible to build a 'secure' system - but there's a couple of caveats.

1) Security comes in many layers; electronic security is just one. If someone can get physical access to your gear, your network, your workstations or servers... you're toast.
2) Any system with external connectivity is reduced in security, Firewalls or no Firewalls. IPSEC or no IPSEC.
3) Any system with Internet connectivity is worse again.

Note that 2 and 3 are different. Ultimately the Internet has to be looked at as a 'wild, wild west of computers' and one has to accept that by being online, you've got a big target painted on you. All you can do is reduce your profile. Much like dodging criminals in our fine city's dodgier neighbourhoods. Nod to Metlstorm's 'low hanging fruit' presentation from Kiwicon 2009.... if your fruit hang low they will be harvested, along with all the goodness contained therein.

So if you want a truly secure environment, connectivity to the Internet should be seen as a) optional, and b) risky. And if you're on the Internet, accept that there's definate limitations to the level of security you can expect.

This goes double, and perhaps even triple, for anyone actively using Facebook or its ilk. How much of your personal data is on there? How much faith are you putting in a megacorp who's in the 'we're so big the individual doesn't matter' camp?

Can't help but see an element of truth in this one. :-)


The image is not infact mine, but was posted to the NZFire Mailing List by David Millar, a regular contributor. Not sure if it's his or externally sourced, but I wanted to share it anyway...

Clare Curran, an MP in Dunedin and the Labour ICT spokesperson, has blogged in response to last night's dramas around the new Copyright legislation.

Her blog on the Labour Blog Site Red Alert refers to her comments at the second reading on her own website and on review I see where she's coming from.

So Clare, I say to you this:

- As noted by one of the people who responded to Red Alert you have indeed 'played the hand you were dealt'.
- It could indeed be argued that Labour's position created a 'better law'.
- The law is still flawed
- The method in which it was introduced was also flawed (though for many of us who marvel at how slowly the wheels turn, perhaps it's just a nice change to see law change enacted relatively quickly).
- None of this excuses leveraging the Christchurch Earthquake to get the law passed without fair notice to those who care, who are numerous, and
- Labour were not vocal enough about this last point.

You do mention it in your speech, so credit and respect to you. And I do understand what you're trying to achieve in playing closer to the middle of the field.
But we've got a lemon piece of legislation here in at least some respects, and we've had it passed into law in a very, very cheeky fashion. I do hope you're making it known to your opposition in parliament that the populace disapproves.

BlakJak.net returns to the Blackout in protest of the Government taking advantage of Parliamentary Urgency to get the Copyright law passed.

Once again I lose confidence in the New Zealand Government (and anyone who knows me, knows that I like to give the benefit of the doubt to the art of 'due process').

This time it's all over the news, and Twitter has been a storm of it. The introduction of the Controversial Internet File Sharing Law whilst the Government is operating in 'Urgency' (obstensibly to allow the response to the Christchurch Earthquake to be sped-up) is beyond cheeky; it's a disgrace.

Last night I was reading the tweets of folks who were watching Parliamentary TV and was struck by a reported truth; that many MP's are ignorant of Internet related matters. Seriously, comparing the Internet to Skynet? (see the video at the above URL).

Perhaps obviously, it's the youngest MP's who 'get it'. The Green's Gareth Hughes in particular scored a lot of brownie points amongst the twitter-folk I follow for actually making some sane comments (video now below). Labour's ICT spokesperson Clare Curran also apparently was talking some sense, but this doesn't explain why Labour didn't oppose the governments behavior more actively (sorry Clare, but you want to be 'strategic' ? Are you defending the Nats here?)

Even David Farrar who is himself a Nat, criticised the Governments moves here. He appears to have more faith than I retain, however, in the remainder of the process actually holding any value for Kiwis.
Melissa Lee on the other hand, it was pointed out, made an absolute idiot of herself, as did Katrina Shanks. Revised Stuff Article has plenty of useful commentary.

So read the facts, folks, and be warned... trouble is brewing.

Gareth Hughes's speech now on Youtube... worthy of your time!! (A shame the rest of Parliament pretty much ignored him by all accounts.)

Yes I may well be voting Green at the next election, and it sounds like plenty of my IT-industry colleagues may consider the same.

What can I say, but, I Like It! Credit goes to Makezine.com (earlier link goes to vhf.org.nz, where I also published it).

Was very happy to see this NZ Herald article fly past my eyes earlier today.

Just last month I noted that he was at it again and you'll note that one references several past runs.

Perhaps he'll get the message if he winds up $700,000 in the hole?

One can dream at least.

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