For some time now, any web page that uses Flash has resolutely refused to work correctly in the Chrome browser for me. I use Windows 8 – 64 bit. Amazingly it all works fine in Firefox, 64-bit Firefox Nightly, Opera, IE10 in 32 & 64 bit incarnations….?
The solution from the chrome help page, is to enable Flash from the plugins menu. You type this the address bar to get show all the plugins.
Chrome Plugins Normal
Unfortunately, it doesn’t work!
Checking the plugin, I see it is apparently working alright! See the screenshot.
I decided to try a “flip” – turning off Flash still didn’t make it work – and neither did it work when I turned it back on. There’s an Enable/Disable toggle link for this which you can see in the screenshot.
But then, in the top right of the plugins screen, I spied a “detail” link! So I clicked it to expand it – and all is revealed!
Chrome Plugins Expanded
Adobe Flash Now Working
The issue is that there are two Flash plugins; one is the default “pepper” that comes with Chrome; the other is installed manually and works in all other browsers.
The solution, after a little trial and error, is to disable the native, cross-platform Flash player, “Pepper”, and to enable the manually installed, most-recent, version. It still won’t work if Pepper is enabled and the installed version disabled. The Adobe Flash test page now works in Chrome, as you can see.
Below is a screenshot of how it should look (well for me at least!) to get it all working properly.
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That it was. I first threatened and then did leave the Labour Party over it. Right at the time they were trying to bring in Identity Cards and lock uncharged people away for 90 days, reduced to 42 days (yes really, they were – It’s like a bad dream) they also added some “rules” for state benefit claimants. These are well explained at the top of Ron’s blog entry:
It’s been brought to my attention that page 16 of the ESA Notes Sheet ESA40 04/09 contains this gem:- You must also tell us if you or your partner (among much else):- My parentheses and italics. go away from home, even if it is for a day
Ron (for it is he!)
And indeed it is so! The document can be downloaded in full here on the DirectGov website. A screenshot I’ve taken, highlighted the important bits and shown it here. n.b. Ron is disabled, in several ways, not least by having the fat burned from the soles of his feet with a lightning strike!
Why Is This Important?
A. Well actually, it contravenes everything that Britain and other freedom-loving peoples have fought for regarding the right not just to life, but to a decent life, free of oppression, free to move and enjoy living just for its own sake, the UK having signed up for all of this in the Universal Declaration of Human Rights.
It’s part of the United Nations Charter, adopted in 1948 and part of International Law since 1976.
Image via Wikipedia
Here are the bits in which the highlighted line in the screenshot above breaks the Universal Declaration of Human Rights:
Article 2: Everyone is entitled to all the rights and freedoms set forth in this Declaration, without distinction of any kind, such as race, colour, sex, language, religion, political or other opinion, national or social origin, property, birth or other status – BROKEN. Ron’s status is different from others in that he is disabled. And, by limiting his freedom of movement as described, this breaks
Article 1: All human beings are born free and equal in dignity and rights. BROKEN. Ron’s freedom of movement is not the same as those not on benefit.
Article 5: No one shall be subjected to torture or to cruel, inhuman or degrading treatment or punishment. BROKEN. It is degrading to have to inform faceless bureaucrats of one’s location on a daily basis.
Article 12: No one shall be subjected to arbitrary interference with his privacy, family, home or correspondence, nor to attacks upon his honour and reputation. Everyone has the right to the protection of the law against such interference or attacks. BROKEN AGAIN. It is degrading to have to inform faceless bureaucrats of one’s location on a daily basis.
Article 27: Everyone has the right freely to participate in the cultural life of the community, to enjoy the arts and to share in scientific advancement and its benefits. BROKEN: Ron cannot participate freely. Neither can his partner (if he has one). He must inform the government of his movements which then prevents his free enjoyment that life in a free society provides.
Article 30: Nothing in this Declaration may be interpreted as implying for any State, group or person any right to engage in any activity or to perform any act aimed at the destruction of any of the rights and freedoms set forth herein. BROKEN. The UK state has removed Ron’s rights as defined and make law in the articles above.
What Else is Bonkers About This?
You may have noticed I highlighted another line. For the lazy, this is how it reads, and when you’ve read it, then realise how bad these draconian rules really are:
You must also tell us if you or your partner, DIE!!!
Laughable bureaucracy, eh?
Of course, I can see why the state may want to do all of this – the powers-that-be have been making a big play in rustling up public opinion against “scroungers”. But what Labour started, the Tories, as I predicted, have taken all of this up with a vengeance. True, it’s fine to have paid work and/or a vocation that enervates oneself. It’s part of the human condition to feel wanted and valued among one’s fellows. But it’s all wrong to penalise the weakest in society and those that need the most support, by infringing and removing their basic human right of free movement to enjoy the society we’ve created.
Q. How to solve the conundrum?
A. I don’t know and I don’t care actually, because I’m not in government and don’t have the power to change.
Those that are, you know, the elected or non-elected ones who decide that they’re better than us, they’re the ones who must, should and can change the rules, because they’re the ones that set them up in the first place!
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I’ve been busy. I posted the details of a wacky con on the Crawling Chaos website (shown above). In a nutshell, it appears to operate thus:
User searches for music or other media
User is presented with search results, some of which point to Black Box Access
User clicks on link and is told that the required file was uploaded last week and has been downloaded ~19,000 times
User immediately thinks “this is popular, I’ll have it!”
User hands over email & financial details
After this I don’t know as obviously handing over that data to a bunch of crooks is just asking for trouble.
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