Wednesday Whiffler

All the news that's fit to rant aboutIt's time for tech news!

Carlo Ponzi, creator of the scam that bears his name, immigrated to America on this day in 1896. Henry Ford introduced the assembly line in 1914. The FCC removed restrictions on the number of commercials per hour radio stations could air in 1981. The Simpsons premiered in 1990.

  1. The January patches are here! The January patches are here! This month's crop of security fixes from Microsoft include patches for Exchange Server, MDAC, and its H.323 implementation for voice over IP (VoIP). Still no fix for the URL spoofing bug in IE that makes it easier to fish for personal information. Read all about the things they did fix here. The H.323 problem is widespread according to CERT.
  2. No WMA for iPod after all. Contrary to Paul Thurrot's report in WinInfo, HP says it will not add support for the Microsoft audio format to the HP-branded iPod. An HP spokesman said, "Most customers don't care about the format they're downloading." Not until they try to play their Napster or Wal-Mart music store files on the iPod and can't.
  3. We're on for Mars. President Bush is expected to lay out his plans today to send a manned expedition to the Red Planet within the next 20 years.
  4. "You're too fat." That's what a Burger King drive through customer heard when he tried to order a Whopper. Turns out the drive-thru's wireless system had been hacked.