Netscape Communications (formerly known as Netscape Communications Corporation and commonly known as Netscape) is a US computer services company, best known for Netscape Navigator, its web browser. When it was an independent company, its headquarters were in Mountain View, California.
Netscape’s web browser was once dominant in terms of usage share, but lost most of that share to Internet Explorer during the first browser war. The usage share of Netscape had fallen from over 90-percent in the mid 1990s to less than one-percent by the end of 2006.
Netscape stock traded from 1995 until 1999 when it was acquired by AOL in a pooling-of-interests transaction ultimately worth US$10 billion. Shortly before its acquisition by AOL, Netscape released the source code for its browser and created the Mozilla Organization to coordinate future development of its product.The Mozilla Organization rewrote the entire browser’s source code based on the Gecko rendering engine; all future Netscape releases were based on this rewritten code. The Gecko engine would later be used to power the Mozilla Foundation’s Firefox browser.
Under AOL, Netscape’s browser development continued until December 2007, when Tom Drapeau, director of AOL’s Netscape Brand, announced that the company would stop supporting Netscape software products as of March 1, 2008.The Netscape brand is still used, as of 2012, by AOL to market a discount Internet service provider.
Written by Shilo Urban
Dogs have held a special place in the hearts of humans for tens of thousands of years. As one of the first domesticated animals, they have practically evolved alongside us, guarding our homes in exchange for tasty morsels, a pat on the head and a warm place to sleep.
As it turns out, dogs are guarding more than our homes — they are also guarding our health.
Dogs were born to sniff; their noses dominate not only their faces (pugs notwithstanding) but also their brains. Even a miniature dachshund puppy has 25 times the scent receptors as a human — and bloodhounds twice as many as that. As much as humans see the world as we are, dogs smell the world as it is — and if it’s stinky, they roll in it.
This sharpened sense of smell in canines is a special instrument, and there has long been anecdotal evidence about dogs being able to smell diseases, particularly cancer. Perhaps a lady had a lump on her leg that her dog wouldn’t stop smelling, and when she finally had it examined by a doctor, it turned out to be cancer. Other such stories have percolated through health news columns for years.
But now the proof is finally here. In August, a study from German researchers showed that dogs are able to detect early-stage lung cancer better than any doctor or any fancy medical equipment.
Tests were held at Schillerhoehe Hospital in Germany with four specially-trained dogs: Two German shepherds, a Labrador retriever and an Australian shepherd. Each dog was given a test tube to sniff that contained the breath of some 220 patients, some of whom had lung cancer and some of whom were cancer-free.
Out of 400 samples, the dogs were able to correctly identify the 71 out of 100 patients with lung cancer as well as 372 out of 400 samples that did not have the disease. In addition, the dogs could discern between lung cancer and other lung problems such as chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, as well as sniffing accurately through the breath of patients that just smoked a cigarette.
What does this mean? First of all, cancer of the lungs causes cells to release specific volatile organic compounds, emitted as they undergo mutations caused by tumors. Secondly, these early-stage emissions, while undetectable by medical tests or current diagnostic technology, can indeed be identified by dear old Fido.
Lung cancer is presently the leading cause of cancer deaths in the United States, killing more people than prostate, breast, ovarian, lymph and colon cancers combined. Often a brutal diagnosis that can be very painful and deadly to the patient, detecting lung cancer at an early stage could potentially save the lives of some of the 200,000 diagnosed with the disease each year.
Dogs have long been the appointed guardians of human families and tribes throughout the world, and thanks to the incredible olfactory gifts contained in those wet noses, dogs may prove to be better protectors than we ever imagined.
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HOW TO DEAL WITH THE POLICE ON A POLICE STOP
Some times the law doesnt work for you…
“What few people understand, but police know all too well, is that your constitutional rights only apply if you understand and assert them. Unless they have strong evidence (i.e. probable cause) police need your permission to search your belongings or enter your home. The instant you grant them permission to invade your privacy, many of your legal protections go out the window and you’re left on the hook for anything illegal the police find, as well as any damage they cause in the process.
Of course, even if you know your basic rights, police officers are trained to shake your confidence. If you refuse a search, I might respond by threatening to call in a drug-sniffing dog and sternly reminding you that things will go much easier if you cooperate. Creating a sense of hopelessness for the suspect enables us to break down their defenses and gain compliance. In the film, we show several variations on these common threats, but the main lesson is that it doesn’t matter what the officer says; you still have to remain calm and protect your rights.
In today’s world of smart phone video, YouTube and Twitter, stories of police abuse travel fast, creating greater awareness of the problem of police misconduct. Unfortunately, this heightened awareness often serves to reinforce the notion that “cops can do whatever they want.” It’s true that much work remains to be done towards ensuring police accountability, but the very first step is to educate the public about basic constitutional rights.
Citizens who understand their rights are much less likely to experience negative outcomes, both on the street and in a court of law. Until each of us has the ability to protect our individual rights and recognize injustices against others, we’re not likely to accomplish much in the realm of broader policy reform.”
10 Rules for Dealing with Police (Full-Length)