Article in the Independent about Kent police seizing a copy of the War on Terror boardgame from the Climate Camp protesters at Kingsnorth. Anyone who’s played the game will know it includes a balaclava with “EVIL” printed on the top, to wear if you play the game as a terrorist (it’s only a game, remember). The reason they seized the game? Apparently that balaclava “could be used to conceal someone’s identity or could be used in the course of a criminal act.“
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Does this really look like it could be used in the course of a criminal act? Balaclavas of course are not illegal. This was blogged by security guru Bruce Schneier, and as SteveJ points out in the comments, it’s not about the police being stupid, but about them bullying protesters.
The 10 Downing Street website has been given a Web 2.0 makeover and relaunched. Not without some teething problems however; the site was down for some time on the 12th, it had/has many 404 errors, and some of the HTML is a bit dodgy for such a high profile site (despite claims of attempting WAI level AA compliance).
From the BBC article:
A Downing Street spokeswoman denied the site had crashed. But she said users on some servers might experience glitches “for the next 48 hours“. “It is just what happens when you launch a new website,” she added.
Sorry, but that’s just not true. I suspect I’ve worked on more website launches than the Downing Street spokeswoman, and having glitches for the first 48 hours isn’t just what happens. If it does happen, it’s usually for a reason – lack of time committed to testing.
While checking the site for some basic HTML errors, I came across the following anomalies. Firstly, discovered this 404 page had a link to an internal IP address that obviously isn’t going to work (the ‘home’ link in the breadcrumbs). Trying to play around with the 404 error handling, I appended ‘blah’ to the URL, and got this weird page (redirects to http://www.number10.gov.uk/Page10276). I also got similar results if I appended 404 on the URL (redirects to http://www.number10.gov.uk/Page6871). Note that second page has different details from their standard 404 page.
Why not try it yourself and see what other URLs work
Number 10 Blah
This isn’t really too surprising; they’re obviously doing a bit of SEO
URL-rewriting. It’s more the fact that there’s seemingly test content still up there from 2005 and 2006.
Currently, the last three don’t seem to…