[svlug] Megan's Law Site

James Sparenberg james at linuxrebel.us
Sat Dec 18 12:26:22 PST 2004


On Sat, 2004-12-18 at 01:32, Thomas G. Digby wrote:
> I tried that new Megan's Law sex-offender site at
> 
>  http://www.meganslaw.ca.gov/
> 
> and had problems with it.  
> 
> 
> First, there's this, which I don't consider very encouraging:  
> 
>  Best Viewed Using:  	Screen resolution 1024 x 768 pixels or higher
>  Internet Explorer 5.0 or greater
>  Netscape 6.1 or greater
> 
> with links to download those browsers.  
> 
> 
> I plunged ahead anyway, with Debian KDE Mozilla.  
> 
>  Mozilla 1.7.3
>  Mozilla/5.0 (X11; U; Linux i686; en-US; rv:1.7.3) Gecko/20041007 
>  Debian/1.7.3-5
> 
> 
> After I clicked on the site's license agreement I found some of the maps
> showed as broken images.  And after I'd been futzing around for a while
> something hung.  I had to Ctrl-Alt-F1 to get another virtual terminal to
> log in on to kill the browser process.
> 
> 
> I don't know if this indicates a real Linux compatibility problem/bug, or
> if it was just a fluke or something wrong with my setup, but some of you
> may want to try it with whatever setup you have.  If it's real, somebody
> may want to politely tell them that Linux users pay taxes like everybody
> else, and *.gov sites should not favor one company's browsers over
> another's.
> 
> Also, if it breaks more recent browser versions it may indicate something 
> that the browser code should be hardened against.  


I think it's just that the site is tremendously overloaded.  I've gotten
in completely and I've not gotten in as you did.  Right now from what
I've heard a /. on it wouldn't get noticed because the non /. traffic is
so heavy it isn't funny.   (MDK 10.1 with FF 1.0)

James

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