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The Bellinghman
Date: 2005-07-05 18:15
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I'd have thought the BBC website maintainers would have noticed that the Weather site (as linked to from the news.bbc.co.uk front page) is broken. And has been, not for hours, not even for days, but for weeks!

I've given up and gone to the met office instead.
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The Bellinghman
User: bellinghman
Date: 2005-07-05 17:34 (UTC)
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Interesting ... because it fails on this machine for IE and Opera, and also fails on colleagues' machines. It churns quite happily through the page, and then just stops:

<!-- not xmas season -->
<span class="dir"><a href="/weather/bbcweather/" title="Behind the scenes at the BBC Weather Centre">About BBC Weather</a><br clear="all" /></span>
<span class=

Yup, never completes the page.
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The Bellinghman
User: bellinghman
Date: 2005-07-05 17:38 (UTC)
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Oh, and it fails in exactly the same place in IE (source not completing) and no other page I've come across fails.

The interesting thing was that before it stopped working, it was flaky as seen from work and home. I've not tried accessing from home since, but it's possible that the work firewall is objecting to something immediately after the bit shown.
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La Renarde
User: renarde
Date: 2005-07-05 17:42 (UTC)
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Which is a link to a message board where you can discuss Da Wevva.
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The Bellinghman
User: bellinghman
Date: 2005-07-05 18:03 (UTC)
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I really can't see anything there that looks dodgy (now on the home machine, which can see it fine now).

I wonder if something at the BBC end might be aborting the transmission when it sees our work address coming in.
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Nicolai The Hand Grenade of Courteous Debate
User: _nicolai_
Date: 2005-07-05 18:14 (UTC)
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I'm not having that problem anywhere I read it, including dodgy links like GPRS and funky firewalls.
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The Bellinghman
User: bellinghman
Date: 2005-07-06 16:27 (UTC)
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It's a bit odd. Dropping a proxy in the way seems to fix it.

Killing the cookie apparently fixed it, briefly.

But leaving the proxy out, and letting it see a cookie seems to cause the server at the far end to stop responding at exactly the same point each time.

I'm investigating further.
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The Bellinghman
User: bellinghman
Date: 2005-07-06 16:42 (UTC)
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Interestingly, by killing all cookies, and then making sure I change my hometown to Royston immediately seems to have kicked it into actually working.

So it looks as though I got myself a corrupted cookie (which would explain the far end getting uptight).
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La Renarde
User: renarde
Date: 2005-07-05 17:32 (UTC)
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I use that link to get to the weather site roughly every other day. And it's fine.
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User: furrfu
Date: 2005-07-05 18:23 (UTC)
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Not a problem for me, that link.

I just wish they'd get the weather for Cambridge *correct* every now and then... (yes, yes, supplied by the Met Office, but they still publish it.)
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