Microsoft “explains” 18 month delay in patching major security hole

Mike Reavey has explained on his official Microsoft blog why it took Microsoft over a year to get around to disabling a major ActiveX security hole. Short version: (Paraphrased) “We wanted to make sure that it wouldn’t be a problem for anyone who was actually using this ActiveX control, which we’ve never documented for customers… Continue reading Microsoft “explains” 18 month delay in patching major security hole

Yahoo Instant Messenger: The Virus du Jour?

The latest social-networking virus going around is being spread through Yahoo Instant Messenger. One of your contacts sends you an IM (“instant message”) asking “is this your pic” with a link which contains the string www.facebook.com – but if you actually read the link, it’s pointing to someplace in the .ly domain. That’s Libya – not exactly a friend to Western nations.

Are Bloom Boxes our ‘Green Energy’ Solution?

Bloom Energy unveiled the “Bloom Box” last week, also called the Bloom Energy Server. The box is around the size of a parking space, and each one can power a 30,000 sq. foot office building, or 100 average US homes. Ebay and Google have already been using this technology to power some of their buildings… Continue reading Are Bloom Boxes our ‘Green Energy’ Solution?

Finally, the ultimate app for Windows Phones!

How did we ever get along without this? I refer, of course, to Screaming Bee LLC’s Pocket Fart! Yes, friends, for less than two measly US dollars, you can finally impress your friends and family with an amazing variety of farting sounds. PocketFartTM uses advanced flatulence simulator technology to produce custom audio events, anything from… Continue reading Finally, the ultimate app for Windows Phones!

The Future Isn’t Here… Yet. Robot Maids and Moon Bases

Robot Servants Sure, you might consider a Roomba a robot maid, but while it may clean your floor, it’s no butler. If a massive amount of science fiction literature was to be believed, we should all have had android Alfreds by now. Japan is getting closer to this particular prediction, because for whatever reason they… Continue reading The Future Isn’t Here… Yet. Robot Maids and Moon Bases

How to get fired in one easy step

Lifehacker.com often presents useful and informative articles. This isn’t about those; it’s about the other articles they sometimes present, like this one: Bypass Heavy-Handed Web Filters with Your Own Proxy Server Your IT Department installs filters for a number of reasons, including (but not limited to): The lawyers told them to. HR told them to.… Continue reading How to get fired in one easy step