Today’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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.”