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Submission + - Google Asks for Judgement on Java Copyrights (

benfrog writes: "Google asked the court last night for a judgement that would invalidate at least part of the copyrights Oracle claims over Java APIs. "Google argued that the source code and object code for implementing Oracle's APIs are not derivative works of the copyrighted work as a whole. Further, Google said the alleged copying of Java code is 'de minimus,' or insignificant, and 'thus non-actionable.' Groklaw has copies of Google's brief as well as Oracle's response. The case could have a verdict as soon as next week."

Comment Re:What about servers? (Score 0, Redundant) 451

Also, Slashdot, I set this account to use the "classic" interface, why are you making me click buttons to see comments now?! I just want to see the page, not have to keep clicking "show more". This comment entry box is terrible too, the "Reply" button is too close to the box itself.

Seems like I'm not the only one. First I had to figure out how to show the full text for all the page, and now I have to browse the comments in a frame 80% of my browser because I'm stuck with a sidebar (that wont scroll, btw). This seriously sucks, I want my classic UI back!!! Also, wtf is the checkbox with no text!?


In Case of Emergency, Please Remove Your Bra Screenshot-sm 123

An anonymous reader writes "Caught in a disaster with harmful airborne particles? You'd better hope you're wearing the Emergency Bra. Simply unsnap the bright red bra, separate the cups, and slip it over your head — one cup for you, and one for your friend. Dr. Elena Bodnar won an Ig Nobel Award for the invention last year, an annual tribute to scientific research that on the surface seems goofy but is often surprisingly practical. And now Bodnar has brought the eBra to the public; purchase one online for just $29.95."

Submission + - Detained at the border (

An anonymous reader writes: I was detained last night by federal authorities at San Francisco International Airport for refusing to answer questions about why I had travelled outside the United States.

The end result is that, after waiting for about half an hour and refusing to answer further questions, I was released – because U.S. citizens who have produced proof of citizenship and a written customs declaration are not obligated to answer questions.


Submission + - ISP threatened by Argentine Govt. ( 1

An anonymous reader writes: The argentine government has taken away the license of Argentina's biggest ISP. The cable company Fibertel is part of the Grupo Clarín, a media consortium critical of Mrs. Fernández administration. Out of the blue, over one million users found out last Thursday that they will have to find a new provider in 90 days.

Comment Re:EA is a pirate! (Score 1) 214

Hes mad at the right person. EAs authentication scheme locked him out. Its EAs fault if someone else could "keygen" his serial. As a paying customer, he shouldn't be affected by the pirates. As usual, only paying customers are affected by DRM and copy protection. The pirates just crack the thing and forget about it.

Comment Re:Firefox IS getting infected in the wild (Score 2, Insightful) 369

Define "Infected Firefox installations"

Maybe you mean "PC with Firefox installed thats infected by a {virus|trojan|keylogger|spyware}" ?

Still, installing Firefox doesn't prevent you from catching something for running infected software or prevents someone from installing some crap that puts toolbars or BonziBuddy into your PC....

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