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Microsoft Sends Flowers To Internet Explorer 6 Funeral 151

Several readers have written with a fun followup to yesterday's IE6 funeral. Apparently Microsoft, in a rare moment of self-jest, took the time to send flowers, condolences, and a promise to meet at MIX. The card reads: "Thanks for the good times IE6, see you all @ MIX when we show a little piece of IE Heaven. The Internet Explorer Team @ Microsoft."
The Courts

Submission + - RIAA Tries to Appeal from Order Allowing ITV (

NewYorkCountryLawyer writes: "The RIAA has appealed from the order entered several days ago allowing the January 22nd hearing in SONY BMG Music v. Tenenbaum to be streamed over internet TV. Additionally, they've made a motion for a stay. I'm just a country lawyer, but as far as I know (a) the order is not appealable, (b) it was procedurally improper and ineffective to file a notice of appeal, and (c) it was improper to direct their motion for a stay to the District Court Judge. I guess they did find the order to be a 'fly in their ointment' after all."

Submission + - NASA, Russia test sex in space ( 1

azuredrake writes: According to The Guardian, both NASA and the Russian space agency have tested the feasibility of sex in space with human astronauts as the so-called "guinea pigs". While the purpose behind this research was to ascertain whether families could be sent on colonization missions together in zero-g, it's still amusing to think that two humans were sent up into space with government funding to copulate repeatedly on video. Of course, leave it up to the American government to come up with a mission codename like "STS:XX".

Submission + - The Internet is Your Romance

Plutonite writes: "Reuters is running a widely publicized story on the findings of a study by Zogby International, claiming that an online survey of 9,743 adults conducted between October 4-8 has revealed that people are willing to substitute "the internet" for a significant other. From the article: "A survey on the role the Internet plays in people's lives... found that 24 percent of Americans said the Internet could replace a partner for some period of time." The article also mentions a greater social-networking presence of Democrats than Republicans, and declines to mention whether the interviewed sample were geeks, or whether the romantic replacement was pornographic in nature."

We all agree on the necessity of compromise. We just can't agree on when it's necessary to compromise. -- Larry Wall