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posted by mrpg on Tuesday June 21, @09:11PM   Printer-friendly
from the big-trouble-in-little-Japan dept.

https://asia.nikkei.com/Business/Technology/Internet-Explorer-shutdown-to-cause-Japan-headaches-for-months

Microsoft bids farewell to Internet Explorer on Thursday, stirring a sense of panic among many businesses and government agencies in Japan that waited to update their websites until the last minute.

Since April, Tokyo-based software developer Computer Engineering & Consulting has been inundated with requests for help.

[...] "They have known [about the phaseout] for a long time, but they must have postponed taking actions," said a CEC official, who expects the chaos among the procrastinated customers to last for "a few months."

[...] They said the browser was used for employee attendance management, expenses settlement and other internal tools. In some cases, they have no choice but to use Internet Explorer because of clients' systems used to handle orders. Over 20% of these respondents did not know or had not figured out how to transition to other browsers after Internet Explorer's retirement.

Government agencies are particularly slow to respond. The portal site for information on government procurement and bidding will switch its recommended browsers to Microsoft's new Edge and Google Chrome on Thursday. But for Japan Pension Service, notices concerning online applications must be viewed in Edge's Internet Explorer mode. The website of a government-backed mutual aid corporation for private schools still listed Internet Explorer as its only recommended browser.

Also:

Internet Explorer gravestone goes viral in South Korea


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  • (Score: 2, Interesting) by anubi on Wednesday June 22, @10:00AM (7 children)

    by anubi (2828) on Wednesday June 22, @10:00AM (#1255306) Journal

    I believe a standard high current connector is needed.

    Right off the bat, I think three heavy copper conductors ( one power, one power return, one safety ground ), and one optical fiber.

    Upon connection, the optical makes first contact, letting the host see the car and exchange charge requirements, permissions, accounts, payment, whatever.

    Then the host and car start checking for electrical continuity on the power return and safety ground.

    Once it has been verified that power return, safety ground, and all mechanical interlocks are in place, begin putting energy into the power conductor and verify the exact same amount of current is returned on the power return conductor. A small amount of AC current, low voltage, is magnetically injected into the ground return, expecting to see an exact equal and opposite current to appear on the other two lines. Ground Fault Interrupt. Don't want any chances of a hot car ramming fault current into stray loads!

    The charger and host engage in constant communication during charging to ensure both are cognizant and accurately processing commands and status. Constantly. Little perturbations. Just to make sure the other one is responsive. Failure causes both to shut down and require appropriate human intervention.

    And have this spec universal to everyone. Like anything else, this can be spoofed. That is what encryption on the fiber link is for.

    Anything that can be charged should, with the right interface, be capable of negotiating a charge.

    Including DIY cars. Or even spare battery packs.

    Just my first 2¢ worth.

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  • (Score: 0) by Anonymous Coward on Wednesday June 22, @12:35PM

    by Anonymous Coward on Wednesday June 22, @12:35PM (#1255331)

    OK, but I want three-phase...
    and water cooled cables...
    and...
    and...

  • (Score: 3, Insightful) by Freeman on Wednesday June 22, @02:59PM (3 children)

    by Freeman (732) on Wednesday June 22, @02:59PM (#1255363) Journal

    Optical Fiber is all well and good for anything that will be stationary and unmolested. Using a Fiber Connection for Cars is Stupid, unless someone can make fiber connectors less annoying to deal with. You must polish fiber connections when connecting them to ensure a good connection. Everyone and their mother's brother can't do that. A standard electric car connection is needed. Using Fiber Optics just seems dumb. You shouldn't need Gigabit connectivity to charge your car.

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    • (Score: 3, Touché) by Joe Desertrat on Thursday June 23, @01:07AM

      by Joe Desertrat (2454) on Thursday June 23, @01:07AM (#1255492)

      You shouldn't need Gigabit connectivity to charge your car.

      But they need that to download your driving data at the same time to "improve your service".

    • (Score: 2, Interesting) by anubi on Thursday June 23, @01:57AM (1 child)

      by anubi (2828) on Thursday June 23, @01:57AM (#1255498) Journal

      Quite right, Freeman.

      I had something more like a toslink in mind.

      No laser. LED. Maybe red, so one can easily see evidence of the charger searching for it's companion. Maybe 9600 baud? Half duplex operation.

      The charger would be in a loop, repeatedly sending it's ID and reply request, then wait for a response, then try again. To a human, the business end of the charger would just appear to blink. A simple photoreceptor would be able to read it's invitation / ID / status, and request for response even if it doesn't answer them. Might assist in troubleshooting problems.

      You are quite right... Gigabit cable is not a good fit for this. Light coupling is way too critical. My concept is more down the line of diver's underwater optical voice links where if the target is illuminated, communication can be embedded in the illumination. Same concept but different mechanization.

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      • (Score: 2, Insightful) by anubi on Thursday June 23, @02:12AM

        by anubi (2828) on Thursday June 23, @02:12AM (#1255499) Journal

        Forgot to mention why I thought a commlink was even needed...

        Every battery pack it encounters will likely have different charging parameters, likely changing over time, even as the battery charged or the environment changes.

        A car may even need to call for help or sound an alarm if it is experiencing anomalies.

        Part of the charge negotiation could even include a phone number to send status tracking to. So someone can go eat in peace, and at any time see how things are going.

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  • (Score: 2) by DannyB on Thursday June 23, @05:00AM (1 child)

    by DannyB (5839) Subscriber Badge on Thursday June 23, @05:00AM (#1255531) Journal

    This will make phone and laptops need to have a very large charge connector if this is intended for universal charging.

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    • (Score: 1) by anubi on Thursday June 23, @06:18AM

      by anubi (2828) on Thursday June 23, @06:18AM (#1255533) Journal

      Ideally, even that should work, however the practicality of doing it this way would lead to lots of chuckles.

      I could see it powering an 18650 charger if nothing else available; having a similar function as a fireplug to garden hose adapter.

      Not saying it's practical, just do-able.

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