Archives » October 21st, 2002

October 21, 2002

Oh, those nutty Redmondians!

Internet Explorer 6, Service Pack 1 is now out. And, like all Service Packs, it proclaims to have better security features than the last go-around. Indeed, Outlook Express now follows the lead of Outlook, and you can block certain attachments from being opened. The exact text on the little checkbox is “Do not allow attachments to be saved or opened that could potentially be a virus”. So which files does this block? Executable files, text files, help files, picture files, .bin, .dat, .sys, .bat. Seems like a pretty reasonable list, although I’ve yet to see a virus embedded in a picture or a plain text file. Now, which files does it let through? Why, MS Office files of course, like Word and Excel. “Wait a minute”, you say, “Haven’t there been all kinds of viruses spread through Word and Excel macros?” Yes there have. Yes, indeed.

Needless to say, that checkbox is off on my system.

Disabled Websites

A judge has ruled last week that the ADA does not apply to websites. But then, before that, a different judge ruled that it does. So which is it? I guess both sides have a precedent now.

Mission Statement

I really like Dr. Weinberger’s mission statement: Help clients discover the obvious.

Eldred Transcript

Now here’s an eyeful: the transcript of Eldred v. Ashcroft, the case that Lawrence Lessig argued in front of the Supreme Court. I haven’t had a chance to read it myself, but it looks full of meaty goodness, and it’s a chance for all of us to get a sense of how the case went.