Just a little more evil in an already unnecessarily dark world.

Whether you want to blame this one on the Idiot-In-Chief and his incompetent underlings, or on Bill Gates and his Stalinesque view of software interoperability, is up to you. This was pointed out by upcoming OVFF GoH, Frank Hayes in a recent ComputerWorld column: if you’re not running Windows with IE6, FEMA won’t help you online.

Edit: A few people have pointed out that apparently FEMA’s site is now Moz, Opera, and Linux-accessible. Good on ya, Frank.

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5 comments so far

  1. rustyfox on

    That is fucking retarded, not to mention evil.

    However, the site appears to work fine for me – despite my unfavourable user-agent string:

    Mozilla/5.0 (X11; U; Linux i686; en-US; rv:1.7.8) Gecko/20050813 Firefox/1.0.4 (Debian package 1.0.4-2sarge2)

    It seems they’ve fixed it since the article was written a few days ago.

  2. filkertom on

    I don’t think it was malice so much as the typical incompetence of bureaucratic hirelings compounded with a common arrogance of developers that they don’t stop to think someone might be running something other than their l337 hax0r system. It didn’t occur to them that people on the run from a natural disaster may not have a choice about how, if at all, they log in.

    • The Rev Dr Sherwood Forrester on

      I check to see how my HTML looks in Exploder, even though I never ever use it. If I can do that for a website that no one ever visits, FEMA could have done that for a public system that really does mean life and death. So I do have to chalk this one up to malice, not mere ignorance. Disaster preparedness is all about contingency planning, and they were sound asleep at the switch here. If no one thought to make sure their systems worked on Moz, then those people should be nowhere near disaster planning.


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