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Microsoft

+ - Who invented the GUI?

athloi writes: "To amuse co-workers, I found some screenshots of early versions of Windows, but they came with a surprise. I didn't remember that Windows began development in 1981, inspired by the Xerox Star project. That's before Lisa, Mac, Atari, Amiga, et al but not before the early graphical interfaces Apple II and Commodore programmers added to their war-dialers, compression algorithms and copy protection obliterators. I find myself reaching the frightening conclusion that M$ has been in this game since day one. Is anyone else unsettled by this?"
Quickies

+ - Mechanical control of chemical reactions

nanotrends writes: "Researchers at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign have found a novel way to manipulate matter and drive chemical reactions along a desired direction. The new technique utilizes mechanical force to alter the course of chemical reactions and yield products not obtainable through conventional conditions.
This provides more clear evidence that the concept of site specific chemistry using mechanical placement of molecules is viable. This concept is the basis of molecular nanotechnology. This may become part of a bootstrapping pathway. It disproves those who have said mechanical force could not be used to control chemistry."
The Courts

RIAA Balks At Complying With Document Order 166 166

NewYorkCountryLawyer writes "When the RIAA was ordered to turn over its attorneys' billing records to the defendant's lawyer in Capitol v. Foster, there was speculation that they would never comply with the order. As it turns out they have indeed balked at compliance, saying that they are preparing a motion for a protective order seeking confidentiality (something they could have asked for, but didn't, in their opposition papers to the initial motion). Having none of that, Ms. Foster's lawyer has now made a motion to compel their compliance with the Court's March 15th order."

Reality must take precedence over public relations, for Mother Nature cannot be fooled. -- R.P. Feynman

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