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Google is phasing out support for older browsers from 1 August.

Those using IE7, Safari 3, Firefox 3.5 and their predecessors to view Gmail, Google Calendar, Talk, Docs and Sites will then lose some functions.

Eventually, it warned, these web services will stop working for those sticking with older browsers.

The move is part of a trend to stop the use of ageing browsers which can be insecure and not sophisticated enough to handle the latest web technologies.

Right away that tripped my bunkum detector. Insecure? Browsers have been secure enough for online banking for years, so I'd think certainly secure enough for gmail; though I'll grant this may be part of an effort to start using larger encryption keys. No, I think the real reason is stated later in the article:

rest here




Uh!?

I tried viewing the article and got the following, under a big flashing "403 forbidden!", this using the computer of the wife that I use once a month.

Quote:
Either the address you are accessing this site from has been banned for previous malicious behavior...
OR...
The action you attempted is considered to be hostile to the proper functioning of this system.

The detected reason(s) you were blocked are:
tiscali, constant source of forum spam attempts.

Your IP, and Domain Name (if resolvable) has been logged to a honeypot,
along with the referring page (if any), QUERY, POST, User Agent, time of access, and date.

Please either 1. Stop the bad behavior, or 2. Cease accessing this system.

Your connection details:
Record #: 6980
Time: Sun, 05 Jun 2011 15:00:15 -0400
Host: dynamic-adsl-**-***-**-***.clienti.tiscali.it
IP: **.***.**.***
Post:
Query: item.656.4
Stripped Query: item.656.4
Referer: http://www.tuxmachines.org/node/53003
User Agent: Mozilla/5.0 (X11; U; Linux i686; it; rv:1.9.2.17) Gecko/20110422 Ubuntu/10.10 (maverick) Firefox/3.6.17
Reconstructed URL: http:// www.goodbyemicrosoft.net /news.php?item.656.4

Generated by ZB Block 0.4.8

I tried checking what this ZB block is and got the same message from their site. If this software blocks half a coutry and parts of others - Tiscali is a very large ISP - then it needs some more development and... uhm... fine tuning.

Snake Oil

This guy seems to be selling snake oil, patent medicine, or used cars on CraigsList.

I could open his post with Chrome from Windows 7, but his arguments seem to be full of hot air. If you are browsing the Internet with an older browser, not operating from a Read-Only media (ie. GNU/Linux Live CD, Windows CE in ROM), and which is not supported by security updates any longer should expect to be hacked within seconds of connecting.

Microsoft Hotmail also doesn't support older browsers any longer.

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