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Why don't some websites work with Firefox on certain wireless connections?

I know this may not be the best place to ask this question, but I'm comfortable here and I trust you cats to give me a straight answer before a bunch of (even more) highly-strung zealots on a browser message board. Can anyone explain why some websites just won't work with Firefox on some wireless connections?

Here's my problem: there is a coffee shop in my neighborhood with great coffee, good food, and free wi-fi, so I spend a lot of time there. But I can't for the life of me get some sites to open through Firefox (on a Mac) via their connection, major sites like the New York Times, Chicago Tribune, and my bank, not just my crackpot uncle's blog served out of a Commodore 64 in his basement. I sometimes have luck with Safari, but even with that I can't connect to my bank's site. When I'm at home and just about any place else, they all work fine. I can understand if their net connection was just generally crappy, but most sites, RSS, and other things work fine. Why would it crap out on just a few?

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That's a good point. ...

That's a good point. I usually get so frustrated when this happens that I don't think to look around and see that there are 20 other people making a face and hitting refresh. I was at SXSW Interactive this year and it was almost comical how much the network would slow down during breaks when 400 other geeks tried to liveblog their notes at the same time. I'll make a point now of checking how crowded the place is each time I experience a slowdown and see if I can detect a pattern. I wonder why Safari would still work though?

You know I could probably make this all easier if I just took a book there :eek: and enjoyed my coffee.




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