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

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.


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  • (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.

    "Prove all things; hold fast that which is good." [KJV: I Thessalonians 5:21]
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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.

    "Prove all things; hold fast that which is good." [KJV: I Thessalonians 5:21]