I had to file some paperwork with my state today and I was shocked to read that I must use Internet Explorer in order to file paperwork digitally. I thought this is ridiculous, is it the year 2000? No, it isn't. Why not choose something open? Why not Chrome? Firefox or Safari? I was even more surprised to read that it requires Java runtime to be installed. I tend to keep Java off my computer because there seems to be lots of bugs and trojans that exploit it. No thanks. I know that many people will say "what do you expect, it is the government?" but to those people, government should offer things in ways that everyone (or most everyone) can assess them and in a secure way (Internet Explorer doesn't exactly make you confident that you're secure). What they are doing is computer discrimination (I'm joking of course but I would like to see my state government using more open standards). I wonder how many other states do this? I used the federal government's website many times last year and I never had any troubles using Safari.