Weekend tech reading: MS man tasked with destroying IE6

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Microsoft man: "My job is to destroy IE6" Internet Explorer 6 continues to be the second most used browser version in the world at the ripe old age of nine, according to Net Applications. IE6's position as the default browser in Windows XP means many companies still cling to the browser. The continued use of old hardware in developing nations and consumer inertia have also contributed to IE6's longevity. PC Pro

YouTube wants you to sit and stay awhile Two weeks ago, YouTube celebrated when the number of videos viewed daily on its site reached two billion, a milestone. But it also used the occasion to express its envy of television’s continuing hold on viewers: “Although the average user spends 15 minutes a day on YouTube, that’s tiny compared to the five hours a day people spend watching TV,” the company observed on its blog. NY Times

Google Wave had its first birthday yesterday, but got no presents When the folks at Google posted a Happy Birthday to Wave yesterday, it was difficult to tell whether or not they were being sarcastic or serious about it. It's now been a year since the first Wave demo wowed audiences the world over, only for those audiences to be sorely disappointed months later to find out that they not only couldn't get ahold of invites to use Wave, but that it offered little to no usefulness once they did. Download Squad

Nvidia driver bug removes hybrid PhysX blockage Windows 7 allows two display drivers to be used at once - like in Windows XP. Therefore, it is possible to use an Nvidia card for PhysX and ATI card for graphics rendering. As you already know, Nvidia has robbed its customers by disabling the PhysX technology (GPU and PPU) anytime a Non-Nvidia GPU is present in the system (even IGPs) since the release of 186 GeForce drivers, to prevent consumers from using hybrid PhysX. NGOHQ

Foxconn retracts letter asking employees not to kill themselves Taiwan's Hon Hai Precision Industry's Chinese Foxconn unit has been having some problems at its Shenzhen plant lately. A string of suicides has compelled Apple, Dell, and HP to launch a string into the supplier. Foxconn previously responded by playing Buddhist music, offering employee counseling, and most requiring employees sign a letter promising not to kill themselves. Daily Tech

171 Republicans say net neutrality up to Congress Not to be outdone by those 73 Democrats who told the Federal Communications Commission this week not to go forward with its plan to reclassify ISPs as common carriers, over twice that number of Republicans have sent the agency a letter on Friday with the same message. Ars Technica

The huge disaster within the Linux 2.6.35 kernel For the past six months we have been monitoring the performance of the very latest Linux kernel code on a daily basis across multiple systems. We have spotted a few regressions -- both positive and negative -- on occasion using our automated daily testing of the Linux kernel, but nothing like what we have encountered the past few days: the Linux 2.6.35 kernel performance has fallen hard. Phoronix

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