It's the general Spacecrab policy to avoid redundantly echoing information that other geeks have voiced more eloquently than I can.
This policy excludes pleas to read an important Making Light thread
-- in which we learn that a consumer protection group has successfully lobbied the Federal Drug Administration into discontinuing medication
that's been saving lives in general, and the life of tnh
in particular. As far as that goes, I'm hoping that someone (possibly me) will find time to compile a quick list from that thread of places to write and protest. It is apparently possible to petition the FDA
to reverse their ban.
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In re the Windows WMF security flaw:
If you want to find out whether your Windows computer is immune to the WMF vulnerability, point your web browser to http://sipr.net/test.wmf
If the Windows Calculator pops up on your desktop, you know you still need to do some patching. The next infected image file you see in your web browser could have the command DEL C:\*.* embedded in it.
More details at http://isc.sans.org/diary.php
Also, this more obscure piece of Windows geekery
: The official Microsoft patch
for the WMF security flaw works only works on Windows 2000 and Windows XP, not Windows 98 or Windows ME.
A *new* unofficial patch (not the Ilfak one) that includes Windows 9x/ Windows ME
is available at:http://www.nod32.ch/en/download/tools.php
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Note to self: while on the "can't get me" subject, remember to support the Open Source Community's search
to patch the Samuel Alito security threat