Microsoft issued an update to MSIE which disables ActiveX controls until you click "ok" to activate them, due to their reticence to pay Eolas a license fee after losing a patent lawsuit.
Microsoft has apparently implemented this by causing any instance of the
<object>tag to be treated as an ActiveX object, including using
object to add images to a page.
In the last redesign of this site I used
<object> to embed some PNG versions of the standard feed icon...I guess I will switch these back to
I think the Eolas patent is bogus, as is Microsoft's temper-tantrum workaround of it.
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