Tuesday’s Tritium Tongs

Doc OckToday’s news is so hot I’ll be handling it with my waldos. As soon as I’m through counting the mistakes in Spider-Man 2, that is. Hey, I still loved it.
Congress named the “dollar” on this day in 1785. Louis Pasteur performed the first rabies inoculation in 1885. Horlick’s sold the first malted in 1886. The Federal Air Pollution Control Act began research into smog on this day in 1955. John Lennon and Paul McCartney met for the first time in 1957.

Holy Birthday Batman, boy wonder Burt Ward is 59.

  1. Microsoft posted a patch for the IE flaw that caused such a ruckus last week. But it’s more of a workaround than a fix. The patch prevents ActiveX controls from modifying OS configuration files. Redmond is still working on a more comprehensive fix, but meanwhile, keep running Windows Update. Windows 98 and Me users have to pay for their fix or do it by hand.

  2. It’s not just Internet Exploder. Secunia says all browsers that support frames are susceptible to another attack that can let a malicious site spoof legitimate sites. “It’s not a code vulnerability,” said Secunia’s Kristensen, “but a design flaw.” Internet Explorer users should disable the “Navigate sub-frames across different domains” setting under Tools/Internet Options/Security. Test your browser’s susceptibility here.
  3. A Harvard researcher says that some of America’s biggest companies are using spyware… er… um…. adware. According to Ben Edelman, Priceline.com, drug maker Merck & Co., and telecommunications companies T-Mobile and Verizon Communications are all customers of WhenU.com.
  4. Google is cracking down on Gmail profiteers. The license agreement was modified last week saying users cannot “sell, trade, resell, or otherwise exploit for any unauthorized commercial purpose or transfer any Gmail account.” Rats. There go my dreams of Google riches.
  5. Figures the baby boomers would discover this. Old people hold the key to our evolutionary success, according to researchers. The so-called “grandma hypothesis” speculates that the presence of older humans helped the species thrive. “A tribe will benefit because of the extra mothering that older women can give.”

26 Replies to “Tuesday’s Tritium Tongs”

  1. Also, Opera 7.51 fails, but the upgrade they posted for 7.52 passes… My Firefox .8 failed, but Firefox .9 passed.

  2. Hiya Leo 🙂
    Thanks for the Secunia link, I had never heard of them before.I checked Mozilla 1.6 on their test and it FAILED.Is there anyway to disable in Mozilla what you can disable in IE to fix this problem?

  3. I suspect this “grandma hypothesis” is just a trick to get us retires off the Florida golf courses and back to the frozen north to babysit. Well this grandma “ain’t a goin'”. Been there……..done that!

  4. On the Mac, Safari 1.2.2 fails the test but the newest Firefox and Camino both pass. The last I have heard about Bert Ward, he lives in Norco Ca, 50 miles east of Lala land or so and has adopted all the stray dogs in the area and their “waste” is running off his property so bad that the town is about to kick him out.

  5. On the Mac, Safari 1.2.2 fails the test but the newest Firefox and Camino both pass. The last I have heard about Bert Ward, he lives in Norco Ca, 50 miles east of Lala land or so and has adopted all the stray dogs in the area and their “waste” is running off his property so bad that the town is about to kick him out.

  6. I’ve been holding off on re-subscribing to TechTV. Do you have the date that your new CFH will debut?

  7. I’m running Firefox 0.8 and it passed. Of course, I am using the tabbed browsing extension and every link pops up in a new tab, so that may have something to do with it. Can someone else confirm?

  8. hi Leo,
    I was wondering if you’d heard about how the new version of Windows update checks to see if your XP is a legally licensed copy first? Basically if you have a bogus product id key which used to work , you won’t be able to download any more updates.
    There are ways around it, but for many who won’t figure that out, won’t they all be open to all these security holes they keep finding?

  9. hey, is Patrick gone for good from TSS ? Roger Chang is hosting with Kevin, and there was no mention that Patrick is on vacation or anything.
    Also, was Roger hired along with Kevin & Sarah for TSS-LA ?

  10. hey, is Patrick gone for good from TSS ? Roger Chang is hosting with Kevin, and there was no mention that Patrick is on vacation or anything.
    Also, was Roger hired along with Kevin & Sarah for TSS-LA ?

  11. Nice alliteration with the blog titles Leo! That’s coming from someone who loves that part of the language. As always your blog is entertaining and informative!

  12. Sorry if this comes off as totally random but damn I enjoy this blog. keep up the good work! I just finished unsubscribing to all of my Tech T.V. er, I mean G4/Tech TV. newsletters and have pretty much washed my hands clean of the network as whole. Hopefully there will be a way to get your new show down here in Houston. Why on earth is it only being aired in Canada???
    Anyways, keep up the great work Leo.

  13. mike:
    Patrick’s last (live) day was Tuesday. He has several shows “banked” that are going
    to be aired between July 17 and early September (or whenever the new shows start
    up in L.A.) Don’t expect any new content after next week as all the shows will have
    been pre-recorded a month before airing.

  14. A little more info I should have included in my last post…
    Patrick is getting married (on reason he’s not moving to LA).
    Also they said that a co-host for Kevin had NOT been selected yet.

  15. I can tell you one thing, no way does Mercky use spyware! I’d like to know the details rather than these generalizations.

  16. I don’t understand what Secunia’s saying about all browsers being susceptible, I did the browser test on Secunia’s site but neither Mozilla v1.7 or Firefox v0.9.1 were affected.

  17. Leo
    First visit to TLR.
    Do you answer questions publicly or just to the authors’ e-mail?
    We would like to see your answers.
    We miss you Leo and will follow you where ever.

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