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Netscape

Netscape Communications Corporation was an independent American computer services company with headquarters in Mountain View and Dulles, Virginia. Its Netscape web browser was once dominant but lost to Internet Explorer and other competitors after the so-called first browser war, its market share falling from more than 90 percent in the mid-1990s to less than 1 percent in 2006. Netscape created the JavaScript programming language, the most used language for client-side scripting of web pages; the company developed SSL, used for securing online communications before its successor TLS took over. Netscape stock traded from 1995 until 1999 when the company was acquired by AOL in a pooling-of-interests transaction 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 is used to power the Mozilla Foundation's Firefox browser. Netscape's browser development continued until December 2007, when AOL announced that the company would stop supporting it by early 2008; as of 2011, AOL continued to use the Netscape brand to market a discount Internet service provider. AOL renamed the Netscape Communications Corporation to New Aurora Corporation, transferred the Netscape brand to themselves. AOL sold the former Netscape company to Microsoft; the former Netscape company is a non-operating subsidiary of Facebook, still known as New Aurora Corporation. Today, Netscape is a brand name owned by a subsidiary of Verizon Communications. Netscape was the first company to attempt to capitalize on the emerging World Wide Web, it was founded under the name Mosaic Communications Corporation on April 4, 1994, the brainchild of Jim Clark who had recruited Marc Andreessen as co-founder and Kleiner Perkins as investors. The first meeting between Clark and Andreessen was never about a software or service like Netscape, but more about a product, similar to Nintendo.

Clark recruited other early team members from NCSA Mosaic. Jim Barksdale came on board as CEO in January 1995. Jim Clark and Marc Andreessen created a 20-page concept pitch for an online gaming network to Nintendo for the Nintendo 64 console, but a deal was never reached. Marc Andreessen explains, "If they had shipped a year earlier, we would have done that instead of Netscape."The company's first product was the web browser, called Mosaic Netscape 0.9, released on October 13, 1994. Within four months of its release, it had taken three-quarters of the browser market, it became the main browser for Internet users in such a short time due to its superiority over other competition, like Mosaic. This browser was subsequently renamed Netscape Navigator, the company took the "Netscape" name on November 14, 1994, to avoid trademark ownership problems with NCSA, where the initial Netscape employees had created the NCSA Mosaic web browser; the Mosaic Netscape web browser did not use any NCSA Mosaic code.

The internal codename for the company's browser was Mozilla, which stood for "Mosaic killer", as the company's goal was to displace NCSA Mosaic as the world's number one web browser. A cartoon Godzilla-like lizard mascot was drawn by artist-employee Dave Titus, which went well with the theme of crushing the competition; the Mozilla mascot featured prominently on Netscape's website in the company's early years. However, the need to project a more "professional" image led to this being removed. On August 9, 1995, Netscape made an successful IPO; the stock was set to be offered at US$14 per share, but a last-minute decision doubled the initial offering to US$28 per share. The stock's value soared to US$75 during the first day of trading, nearly a record for first-day gain; the stock closed at US$58.25. While it was somewhat unusual for a company to go public prior to becoming profitable, Netscape's revenues had, in fact, doubled every quarter in 1995; the success of this IPO subsequently inspired the use of the term "Netscape moment" to describe a high-visibility IPO that signals the dawn of a new industry.

During this period, Netscape pursued a publicity strategy packaging Andreessen as the company's "rock star." The events of this period landed Andreessen, barefoot, on the cover of Time magazine. The IPO helped kickstart widespread investment in internet companies that created the dot-com bubble. Netscape advertised that "the web is for everyone" and stated one of its goals was to "level the playing field" among operating systems by providing a consistent web browsing experience across them; the Netscape web browser interface was identical on any computer. Netscape experimented with prototypes of a web-based system which would enable users to access and edit their files anywhere across a network, no matter what computer or operating system they happened to be using; this did not escape the attention of Microsoft, which viewed the commoditization of operating systems as a direct threat to its bottom line, i.e. a move from Windows to another operating system would yield a similar browsing experience thus reducing barriers to change.

It is alleged that several Microsoft executives visited the Netscape campus in June 1995 to propose dividing the market (an allegat

Warhammer 40,000 Roleplay

Warhammer 40,000 Roleplay is a role-playing game system with multiple source books set within the Warhammer 40,000 universe. The first game using the system, Dark Heresy, was created by Black Industries, which closed soon after the initial release. Official support was discontinued by Fantasy Flight Games; the license was acquired by Ulisses Spiele, who published a new game, Wrath & Glory, in 2018. For Fantasy Flight developed material, the Warhammer 40,000 Roleplay system is explained and used with small differences in a series of independently playable games; each has a different, narrow focus and multiple supporting books of its own: In Dark Heresy, the player characters are agents of the Inquisition. In Rogue Trader, the player characters are important members of ship crews in interstellar trade and exploration encountering xenos. Deathwatch, has a martial focus; the player characters are loyalist Space Marines. Black Crusade, has a martial focus; the player characters are followers of Chaos.

Only War, has a martial focus. The player characters are Imperial Guardsmen; when the Warhammer 40,000 Roleplay license was transitioned to Ulisses, the system was re-designed. The first campaign under the new developer is Wrath & Glory, which allows player characters of many different races and backgrounds, implements a card deck system, used alongside traditional dice rolling. In Dark Heresy, the players assume the roles of Acolytes working for an Inquisitor, who sends them on various missions. Depending on the type of mission, gameplay can involve investigation, intrigue, or other genres; the Game Master is able to tailor their campaign to suit their player group through this flexibility. Since the players work for an Inquisitor, most missions involve rooting out heresies or matters relating to them; the game allows for many other missions, including wiping out dangerous gangs, gathering evidence of corruption, dealing with alien threats or eliminating rogue psykers. In Rogue Trader, players take the role of a Rogue Trader and their crew as they operate outside the stellar and legal boundaries of the Imperium of Man.

The book provides, among other things, rules for interplanetary commerce and spaceship operation, travel and customization. In Deathwatch, players take the role of surgically modified super humans known as Space Marines; these individuals are recruited from their native Chapters to serve as a military arm of the Inquisition, against dangerous heretics known as Chaos worshipers and alien lifeforms known as Xenos. In Black Crusade, players take the role of Chaos-corrupted characters. Black Crusade is the corrupted version of mentioned Warhammer 40,000 roleplaying games. Characters are cast in the role of the villain, with the players working against the Imperium and for the forces of Chaos in the sector. In Only War, each player takes the role of an Imperial Guardsman, one of the billions of hardened conscripts fighting on myriad fronts at the whim of the Earth-based government of the Imperium. Black Industries chose to set Dark Heresy in a unknown sector of the game's fantasy universe, the Calixis Sector, within the Segmentum Obscurus.

This sector lies adjacent to Scarus Sector, the setting of Dan Abnett's Eisenhorn trilogy. Calixis is adjacent to the Koronus Expanse, the setting of Rogue Trader, to the warzone on the edge of the Periphery Sub-Sector, the setting of Only War; the Warhammer 40,000 role playing system uses 10-sided dice exclusively. Characters are created with 9 statistics. Ballistic Skill: Governs all projectile and ranged attacks. Strength: Physical strength of a character. Toughness: Resistance to physical punishment. Agility: Governs how an individual can move as well as how well they can dodge. Intelligence: Used to work technology and understand languages and writings. Perception: How you notice things and in how much detail. Will Power: Your resistance to horrors and used to manifest psychic abilities. Fellowship: Used for interaction with other people; each attribute ranges from 1 to 100. High and low scores are unlikely within the game system and utilizing published rules; the system scores indicate that your average human is in the 30s range for their abilities and variations will indicate if they are well suited for a task or if it is one of their weaker areas.

Game mechanics introduce a wide variety of special rules that provide bonuses and reductions in certain areas All actions, like making an attack roll or using a skill, uses the following basic mechanic: Roll percentile dice Add bonuses or penalties associated with the action Compare the result to the appropriate characteristic. With some character actions the amount by which the character succeeds or fails can add degrees of success for spectacular results; when using degrees of success the GM details the result. In Dark Heresy, each player picks a career path for their character, similar to a class from other RPG systems such as D&D. There are eight career paths in the core rulebook, more added in several source books. In Rogue Trader, one player

SAP SE

SAP SE is a European multinational software corporation that makes enterprise software to manage business operations and customer relations. The company is known for its ERP software. SAP is headquartered in Baden-Württemberg, Germany with regional offices in 180 countries; the company has over 425,000 customers in over 180 countries and is a component of the Euro Stoxx 50 stock market index. When Xerox exited the computer hardware manufacturing industry in 1971, it asked IBM to migrate its business systems to IBM technology; as part of IBM's compensation for the migration, IBM was given the rights to the Scientific Data Systems /SAPE software for a contract credit of $80,000. Five IBM engineers from the AI department were working on an enterprise-wide system based on this software, only to be told that it would no longer be necessary. Rather than abandoning the project, they decided to start another company. In June 1972, they founded the SAP Systemanalyse und Programmentwicklung company, as a private partnership under the German Civil Code.

Their first client was the German branch of Imperial Chemical Industries in Östringen, where they developed mainframe programs for payroll and accounting. Instead of storing the data on punch cards mechanically, as IBM did, they stored it locally in the Electronic System while using a common Logical database for all activities of Organization. Therefore, they called their software a real-time system, since there was no need to process the punch cards overnight; this first version was a standalone software that could be offered to other interested parties. In 1973, the first commercial product was launched. SAP completes its first financial accounting system - RF; this system serves as the cornerstone in the ongoing development of other software modules of the system that will bear the name SAP R/1. This offered a common system for multiple tasks; this permitted the use of a centralized data storage. From a technical point of view, therefore, a database was necessary. In 1976, SAP GmbH Systeme, Anwendungen und Produkte in der Datenverarbeitung is founded as a sales and support subsidiary.

Five years the private partnership is dissolved and its rights are passed on to SAP GmbH. The headquarters moved the following year to Germany. Three years in 1979, SAP launched SAP R/2, expanding the capabilities of the system to other areas, such as material management and production planning. In 1981, SAP brought a re-designed product to market. However, SAP R/2 did not improve until the period between 1985 and 1990. SAP released the new SAP R/3 in 1992. SAP developed and released several versions of R/3 through 1995. By the mid-1990s, SAP followed the trend from mainframe computing to client/server architectures; the development of SAP's internet strategy with mySAP.com redesigned the concept of business processes. As a result, R/3 was replaced with the introduction of SAP ERP Central Component 5.0 in 2004. Architectural changes were made to support an enterprise service architecture to transition customers to a services-oriented architecture; the latest version, SAP ERP 6.0, was released in 2006.

SAP ERP 6.0 has since been updated through SAP enhancement packs, the most recent: SAP enhancement package 8 for SAP ERP 6.0 in 2016. In August 1988, SAP GmbH became SAP AG, public trading started on 4 November 1988. Shares were listed on the Stuttgart stock exchanges. In 1995, SAP was included in the German stock index DAX and, on 22 September 2003, SAP was included in the STOXX Europe 50; the company's official name became SAP AG after the 2005 annual general meeting. In 2014, SAP changed from an AG to a European Company. Since 2012, SAP has acquired several companies that sell cloud-based products, with several multibillion-dollar acquisitions seen by analysts as an attempt to challenge competitor Oracle. In 2014 SAP bought Concur Technologies, a provider of cloud-based travel and expense management software, for $8.3 billion, SAP's most expensive purchase to that date. Analysts' reactions to the purchase were mixed, with Thomas Becker of Commerzbank questioning whether Concur was the right choice for SAP, while Credit Suisse called the acquisition an "aggressive" move.

In 2014, IBM and SAP began a partnership to sell cloud-based services. In 2015, SAP partnered with HPE to provide secure hybrid cloud-based services running the SAP platform. Both HPE and IBM provide infrastructure services to SAP, SAP runs its SAP HANA cloud solution on top. SAP has announced additional partnerships with Microsoft in order to give customers tools for data visualization, as well as improved mobile applications. SAP exceeded its revenue projections due to the expansion in its cloud business and the success of SAP HANA; the growth can be attributed to the acquisitions of Concur and Fieldglass. The company announced plans in 2016 to invest into technology relating to Internet of Things as part of a strategy to capitalize on the growth in that market. For that purpose, €2 billion is planned for investment in relevant sectors by the end of 2020. SAP will launch a new product line called SAP IoT, which "will combine large amounts of data from things connected to the Internet with machine learning and SAP's real

Jack Whent

John Richard Whent, variously known as Jack or Jackie Whent, was an English professional soccer player who made 113 English Football League appearances playing at centre half or wing half for Brighton & Hove Albion and Luton Town. He won two Canadian Championships, with Vancouver St Andrew's in 1947 and the Westminster Royals six years Whent was born in England, in Darlington, County Durham, emigrated to Canada at a young age, he lived in California, playing football for Olympic Club and San Francisco Rovers, before returning to Vancouver where he played for St Saviour's. He served in the Canadian Army during the Second World War, played football as a guest for Tottenham Hotspur, when he was posted to the Brighton area, signed amateur forms with Brighton & Hove Albion and represented them in the 1945–46 FA Cup; when the war was over, he returned to Canada where he was a member of the 1946–47 Pacific Coast League-winning Vancouver St Andrew's team who in 1987 were inducted into the British Columbia Sports Hall of Fame.

Whent was tempted back to Brighton in 1947, signed for the club on professional terms. He played mainly at centre half, captained the team as he went on to make 101 appearances in the Football League Third Division South, he moved on to Second Division club Luton Town ahead of the 1950–51 season, as part of the deal that took Jimmy Mulvaney and Peter Walsh to Brighton, but played little. After two seasons with Kettering Town of the Southern League, he returned to Canada where he won his first Challenge Trophy in 1953 with the Westminster Royals. In 1950, Whent was on a 16-man shortlist in a 1950 Canadian Press poll to select the best players of the previous 50 years. Whent rejoined the Pacific Coast League for the 1953–54 and 1954-55 seasons with the New Westminster Royals. In the fall of 1953, he helped. By 1958, Whent was back in San Francisco playing for an all-star team against a touring Manchester City side, he died in Citrus Heights, California, in 1999 at the age of 79. He was playing for the San Francisco Mercuries as late as 1961.

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2008 Six Nations Championship

The 2008 Six Nations Championship, known as the 2008 RBS 6 Nations because of sponsorship by the Royal Bank of Scotland, was the ninth series of the rugby union Six Nations Championship, the 114th series of the international championship. Fifteen matches were played over five weekends from 2 February to 15 March, resulting in Wales winning the Grand Slam, their second in the last four championships and tenth overall. In winning the Grand Slam, Wales won the Triple Crown, for beating each of the other Home Nations, for the 19th time. Wales conceded only two tries in the championship, beating England's previous record of four tries conceded. Wales' Shane Williams was named the Player of the Championship; the teams involved were: This was Wales' first win over England at Twickenham Stadium for 20 years. Ireland won the Centenary Quaich. Jonny Wilkinson drew level with Wales' Neil Jenkins as the all-time leading point scorer in international rugby history with 1,090 career points; this result left Wales as the only remaining team.

This was England's first away win over France in the Six Nations since their 15–9 win in 2000. Shane Williams drew level with Gareth Thomas as the all-time try leader for Wales with his 40th try. Wales won the Triple Crown. England's Jonny Wilkinson became the all-time scoring leader in international rugby history, surpassing Wales' Neil Jenkins. Scotland won the Calcutta Cup. France won their second consecutive Giuseppe Garibaldi Trophy. Despite victory over the Scots, Italy won the "wooden spoon", having failed to win by the necessary five-point margin required to avoid finishing at the bottom of the table. England won the Millennium Trophy for the first time in five years. Shane Williams took sole possession of the all-time try scoring lead for Wales with his 41st try. Wales won the Grand Slam for the second time in four championships. By virtue of Wales beating France by more than three points, England finished second in the table, their best Six Nations finish since 2003. Wales conceded just two tries all championship, the tightest defence in the Six Nations

Maria Dimitriadi

Maria Dimitriadi, was a Greek singer. She was one of the most renowned performers of the songs of Mikis Theodorakis and Thanos Mikroutsikos. Dimitiradi connected with political left-wing songs during the Junta and Metapolitefsi era in Greece, but she experimented with other styles and genres, of a more lyrical tone. Maria Dimitriadi was born on 11 April 1950 in the Athenian municipality of Tavros, where she became a member of the municipal council, she was the older sister of the acclaimed Greek singer Aphrodite Manou. Her career was connected with some of the greatest Greek composers, such as Stavros Xarhakos, with whom she recorded her debut single, "Ένα πρωινό", Mikis Theodorakis, Thanos Mikroutsikos, Kostas Grigoréas, Madra Mandicencio, on, Giannis Markopoulos and Manos Hadjidakis. In the early 1970s, during the military dictatorship in Greece, she was in Europe and toured with Theodorakis for four years, she continued to work with him until the early 1990s. In 1974, Dimitriadi returned to Greece and, in the following years, she started working exclusively with Mikroutsikos.

In these years she became a member of the Revolutionary Communist Movement of Greece and she was elected counsellor to serve on the Municipal Council of Tavros, a suburb in the south-western part of Athens in Greece. In 1980, she started her solo career. From 1991 to 1993, Dimitiradi lived and worked in former Yugoslavia and opposed the embargo on Yugoslavia, she had a son, with Greek television presenter Andreas Mikroutsikos. In years, she had withdrawn from active singing and recording and became a sympathizer of the Communist Party of Greece. On 6 January 2009, Maria Dimitriadi died at the age of 58 in the Evangelismos General Hospital in Athens from a rare lung disease. Maria Dimitriadi discography