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February 24, 2007

Firefox changes open dialog behavior yet again

I previously wrote an article regarding Mozilla Firefox no longer allowing one to "Open" files that are clicked on. In that article, I described a small hack that you could use to change the behavior back.

Mozilla released version 2.0.0.2 of Firefox, which included several bug fixes, including bug #347230.

Bug #347230 included a patch that overwrites my workaround.

The new code you will find, is at Line 385 in nsHelperAppDlg.js:

      if (shouldntRememberChoice && !this.openWithDefaultOK()) {

If you want to re-enable the workaround, change this to:

      if (shouldntRememberChoice && noDefaultApp && false) {

If you want to be able to directly launch executables, also look for the following around line 551:

        return !tmpFile.isExecutable();

Change this to:

        return true;

After that, the behavior goes back to what it used to be before the Mozilla developers decided they are smarter than us lowly users who need protection from the big bad Internet.

February 5, 2007

Gov. Perry Decrees - Gardasil For All

Governor Perry has stirred up controversy by issuing an executive order requiring all girls be vaccinated against HPV before entering the 6th grade. Currently, the only way to comply with this new rule is with the Gardasil vaccine from drug company Merck, although it is not specifically required to use this vaccine in the new rule.

Personally, I think vaccinations like these are important, especially when they can be shown to prevent cancer. With all the media attention to "cancer research" and "finding the cure" I find it very odd that there is such resistance. Isn't this what we've been telling the drug companies we want for years? It's not a cure, but if it can prevent you from getting it in the first place, isn't that just as good?

And don't forget this:

Perry also directed state health authorities to make the vaccine available free to girls 9 to 18 who are uninsured or whose insurance does not cover vaccines. In addition, he ordered that Medicaid offer Gardasil to women ages 19 to 21.

That means that if you can't afford it, now can get it.

One thing that is consistently being overlooked in every article I have read about this is this clause in the executive order:

Parents' Rights. The Department of State Health Services will, in order to protect the right of parents to be the final authority on their children's health care, modify the current process in order to allow parents to submit a request for a conscientious objection affidavit form via the Internet while maintaining privacy safeguards under current law.

That means that if you object to the vaccine, you're children don't have to get it. All you have to do is fill out a form.

I read a good post about this over at Thoughts of an Average Woman, where she has some good analysis, and makes some very valid points. Be sure to check out the Femeniste as well.