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Broken submissions page

mcgrew (92797) writes | more than 4 years ago

Bug 7

I was at New Scientist on my lunch hour and saw an item that I thought would be of interest to my fellow slashdotters. Here is what I was going to submit:

Subject: "Can black holes be used as particle accelerators?

I was at New Scientist on my lunch hour and saw an item that I thought would be of interest to my fellow slashdotters. Here is what I was going to submit:

Subject: "Can black holes be used as particle accelerators?

Some people (not scientists, thankfully) are afraid the LHC may create a black hole that will swallow the Earth. Well, it seems that massive, rotating black holes may be the ultimate particle accelerators, and we may un fact be able to use them to study subatomic particles.

What will happen to fundamental physics when our descendants reach the limit of particle accelerator technology? We'll surely run out of space and money long before the smallest building blocks of the universe can be probed with machines, because of the massive energies required.

One saviour may be the universe's own particle smashers - black holes.

So could these particles smash together and perhaps reveal evidence of "new physics"? That's what physicists Stephen West of Royal Holloway, University of London, Max Bañados of the Pontifical Catholic University of Chile in Santiago and Joseph Silk of the University of Oxford decided to investigate.

But unfortunately, someone idleized the submissions page, and it simply won't work with IE6.

The shame is, a third of all stories I've submitted have been posted, but it appears I can't even submit stories at all now -- at least from work.

I tried to email help@slashdot.org from my webmail, the email address I use for password resets and the like, but Yahoo says there is a problem with the recipient (slashdot).

I wonder what the hell is going on. Oh well, I'll use the journal to submit the story, although I have yet to have a single story submitted that way actually be accepted.

UPDATE: I went back and looked at the page source -- here's the problem

><!--[if IE 7]><link rel="stylesheet" type="text/css" media="screen" href="//c.fsdn.com/sd/ie7-idle.css?T_2_5_0_270b" /><![endif]-->
<!--[if lt IE 7]><link rel="stylesheet" type="text/css" media="screen" href="//c.fsdn.com/sd/ie6-idle.css?T_2_5_0_270b" /><![endif]-->
<!--[if gte IE 8]><link rel="stylesheet" type="text/css" media="screen" href="//c.fsdn.com/sd/ie8-idle.css?T_2_5_0_270b" /><![endif]-->

It looks like someone is borking IE6 on purpose. Is there a way to spoof firefox from IE?

7 comments

sure... (1)

Jimmy_Slimmy (1499943) | more than 4 years ago | (#29369901)

1. Use IE6.

2. Set up a proxy that alters your user agent string, and go through that...

3. profit!

But how do you even use IE6 and stay sane? Is there some minimalist setting of /. to go for, cause /. sure is borked on IE6 with the defaults.

I once fantasized about web sites that would reject ALL IE browsers, and require going to FF or Opera or Lynx or such to even view the pages.

Ah, that would be sweet.

Re:sure... (1)

leromarinvit (1462031) | more than 4 years ago | (#29370901)

But user agent tricks won't stop IE from using the ie6-idle.css stylesheet... IIRC one can turn CSS off somewhere in IE, but I guess it would be even more broken then.

Re:sure... (1)

Jimmy_Slimmy (1499943) | more than 4 years ago | (#29371301)

whoops- I do not know how style sheets are served! Does the server look at the request and decide what sheet to send, or does the agent decide what to ask for?

Re:sure... (1)

leromarinvit (1462031) | more than 4 years ago | (#29371443)

You can of course always do server side filtering, but IE has this weird feature called conditional comments where you can essentially write if statements in HTML comments. That seems to be the case here, the thing.

Re:sure... (1)

leromarinvit (1462031) | more than 4 years ago | (#29371463)

Uh, Slashdot ate part of my post (I hope it tastet well!).

That should have been "the <!--[if lt IE 7]> thing".

Re:sure... (1)

leromarinvit (1462031) | more than 4 years ago | (#29371633)

I hope it tastet well!

Please ignore that horribly broken sentence - typing in one language while having a conversation in another can result in weird things.

From what I have read here.... (1)

zogger (617870) | more than 4 years ago | (#29371663)

...on dozens of occasions now, just tons of companies out there "require" IE because it is the only thing that works with in house developed applications and so on from way back when.

I think people put up with it because the payroll checks still cash. Easier to keep sane with a roof over your head and grub on the table than not.

Oh, I don't use it, IE, but the low res version here of slashdot has always worked better for me than the hi res, I never see all this borkeness that people complain about. I keep javascript turned off as well. I'd turn it on to go back to meta moderating, but that system is just ill designed now, I can't see the point of it. It is like firehose "lite", nothing like the old system that I used to use all the time.

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