I'm beginning to wonder about the meaning of "winning" the Acid 3 race. Release an early barely functional piece of software that displays Acid 3 correctly and you've "won"! Focus on broad standards support and stability rather than on the specific items in Acid 3 and you lose. Perhaps the tests are distorting the goals of browser developers and losing meaning.
(Full disclosure: I use Opera 9.5 alpha as my primary browser.)" top
wile_e_wonka writes "Opera has filed an antitrust complaint in the EU against Microsoft. "The complaint describes how Microsoft is abusing its dominant position by tying its browser, Internet Explorer, to the Windows operating system and hindering interoperability by not following accepted Web standards."" top
In a new study, published in the Journal of Psychiatric Research, the drug propranolol is used along with therapy to "dampen" memories of trauma victims. They treated 19 accident or rape victims for ten days, during which the patients were asked to describe their memories of the traumatic event that had happened 10 years earlier. Some patients were given the drug, while others were given a placebo.
A week later, they found that patients given the drug showed fewer signs of stress when recalling their trauma.
wile_e_wonka writes "A 16-year-old boy being sued for online music piracy is fighting back. He has accused the recording industry on Tuesday of violating antitrust laws, conspiring to defraud the courts and making extortionate threats. In papers responding to a lawsuit filed by five record companies, Robert Santangelo, who was as young as 11 when the alleged piracy occurred, denied ever disseminating music and said it's impossible to prove that he did." top
wile_e_wonka writes "The NYTimes reports that Microsoft has agreed to pay a percentage of the sales of its new portable media player to the Universal Music Group.
The articles hypothesizes that "the deal may provide leverage for Universal to insist on a cut of future iPod sales when its existing contract with Apple expires next year," noting that "[a] recent study estimated that Apple has sold an average of 20 songs per iPod a fraction of its capacity. The rest of consumers music files 95 percent or more come from ripped CDs, possibly including discs from their own collections, and illegal file-trading networks, the study said."
Each of these devices is used to store unpaid-for material. This way, on top of the material people do pay for, the record companies are getting paid on the devices storing the copied music.
So, I guess the Zune player comes with paid-up subscription to the file sharing network of your choice.
wile_e_wonka writes "The largest study since Kinsey's regarding sexual behavior appears this week. Scientific American reports that, according to the results of the study, "[c]ontrary to popular belief, there is no evidence that young people are engaging in sexual intercourse at earlier ages — the first instance of sexual activity for both genders generally occurs at between 15 and 19 years of age globally."
One of the study's "surprising findings" was that "married women are actually at greater risk of unhealthy sexual behavior-they find it harder than single women do to convince their partners to use condoms." I'm at a loss on this one though..."