Ugh Why IE WHY??!?

So for some completely unknown reason I find myself unable to use Firefox or Chrome in a reasonable manner at work.  Through some manner of network or desktop wizardry all web requests are MUCH slower in either of the two aforementioned browsers, like 30 seconds or more from the time I hit enter to the time a webpage loads, sometimes closer to a whole minute when I’m particularly unlucky.  This has sadly driven me to resort to the one thing I said I would never ever do again; use Internet Explorer.  The best part about this whole mess? Like just about every other large (see also: stupid) company out there the baseline is IE 8 and pretty much any security conscious web platform advocates using the latest up-to-date release (of which this is obviously not).  I can’t explain why its not up to date, nor can I figure out a reason to go to such lengths as to manipulate requests from other browsers to make them painfully slow but it all has the same result of driving me to return to using what is perhaps the worst web browser out in a manner that falls miles outside of what could be called secure.

Canadians think Wifi is making their children sick

I really wish this was a joke, prank or just misinformation but sadly these people honestly believe that the signal from 802.11x wireless access points and routers are causing their children to get sick.

A group of central Ontario parents is demanding their children’s schools turn off wireless internet before they head back to school next month, fearing the technology is making the kids sick.

Some parents in the Barrie, Ont., area say their children are showing a host of symptoms, ranging from headaches to dizziness and nausea and even racing heart rates.

They believe the Wi-Fi setup in their kids’ elementary schools may be the problem.

Read more: http://www.cbc.ca/canada/toronto/story/2010/08/15/ontario-wifi.html#ixzz0ytFW7MHW

I don’t even know what to say really, it seems like these people lack the common sense to realize that if such signals really did make people sick then perhaps it would be more widespread as opposed to just in selective areas where the insanity levels must be a little bit higher than normal.  I personally have a router modified with the dd-wrt firmware in my bedroom running at above-average transmit power and I haven’t been sick lately, my city is covered in wireless and last I heard parents here weren’t moaning about ill children to the school board.  If there was any truth at all to this nonsense don’t they think that kids all over NYC would be sick 24×7 given the proliferation of wireless in such places?

I can only hope that the school boards who get hit with complaints about these kind of things are intelligent enough to realize that the parents making the complaints are about as stupid as you can get and fail to realize their children are bullshitting them plain and simple.  The whole thing is nothing more than the logical evolution of the cell phone cancer debate that cropped up as cell phones became widespread, with any luck it will die the same fate given enough time and force-fed sanity.

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