The official UK national lottery site at http://www.national-lottery.co.uk/ has online games you can pay to play. You first register with the site at https://www.national-lottery.co.uk/player/registration.do - or rather you can't because it's got a double block (firstly on OS - only likes Windows or Mac OS) and then secondly on browser (only likes IE 5.5, 6, AOL 7 or Netscape 7 [!!]). So, there's me coming in with Mozilla 1.6 on Fedora Core 1 and I get "Incompatible OS". If I fake the agent string to make it look like I'm on "NT 5.1" (Windows XP), I then get "incompatible browser". If I then fake it a second time to be IE 6 SP1, I get through and - wonders of wonders - it all works perfectly under Mozilla ! I have phoned up Camelot (who run the site) many times over the past 18 months to complain about this and they've just been stonewalling, claiming that they were "too rushed to add Mozilla-based browsers to the testing suite". This despite the fact they let in the now-defunct NS 7.1, which is based on the same rendering engine as Mozilla 1.4 of course. Needless to say, I refuse to play their online games until they fix it. There's contact info (including email@example.com if you want to try the e-mail route) at http://www.national-lottery.co.uk/player/p/about/contact.jsp if anyone wants a go at persuading them to hurry up and remove their double block...
ccing self. This bug is a dupe of http://bugzilla.mozilla.org/show_bug.cgi?id=226258 (but i cant set this one as a dupe because i dont have enough access.
I've contacted the National Lottery technical helpline this morning, about the fact they're still blocking Mozilla, while allowing access with Netscape 7.x. I pointed out that since Netscape 7.x and Mozilla 1.x are technically the same thing under the hood, and that Netscape 7.1 is built upon and older version of Mozilla, there is no need to be blocking Mozilla. The telephonist took my name and phone number, informed me that this matter will be escalated to the relevant people in the technical department, and that someone will phone me back in the next couple of days. Here's hoping this will soon be resolved with a possitive result . . .
I e-mailed the site today and got this response back: >As we are continually developing our website, based on customers >feedback, support for Mozilla will be introduced in the near future. So hopefully the site will be soon usable. It's probably still worth e-mailing them though, just in case they're trying to get people like us to shut up ;)
Just a note that the registration/login process is no longer blocking Linux as an OS, but that doesn't help us much because they are *still* blocking all Mozilla and Firefox releases...grrr...we're almost 2 years into this... I downloaded the User Agent Switcher and set up an "IE on Linux" setting thus: Description: Internet Explorer 6 (Linux) User Agent: Mozilla/5.0 (X11; U; MSIE 6.0; Linux i686; en-GB; rv:1.7; WAKE UP WEBMASTER: Stop blocking Mozilla you idiot!) Gecko/20040619 Simulates IE 6.0, Mozilla 1.7, Linux and an insult to the lazy Webmaster in one user agent string :-) Guess what, it gets through their naff checking and lets you use the pages. User Agent Switcher isn't a particularly good extension (it's UI needs a revamp too - not easy to re-order or delete things) because you really only want it on a per-site basis of course.
*** This bug has been marked as a duplicate of 226258 ***
Status: NEW → RESOLVED
Last Resolved: 15 years ago
Resolution: --- → DUPLICATE
Product: Tech Evangelism → Tech Evangelism Graveyard
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