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Comment: Re:If the stuff was really confidential.... (Score 1) 100

by mark-t (#49763779) Attached to: Oculus Founder Hit With Lawsuit

Y can't be sued for anything if they do not know that it was originally confidential, but they *CAN* be sued for using said information after they have learned that it was misappropriated, which they could learn very shortly afterwards. Sort of like how you can't be prosecuted for buying stolen merchandise from someone else if you didn't realize that it was stolen, but you aren't allowed to keep what you bought once its origin has come to light. You are, however, allowed to sue the person you bought it from. In the case of a broken confidentiality agreement or NDA, it's my understanding that if the information has only been transferred to one party, then the court grants an injunction against the party from utilizing that information, and that party can claim legitimate damages from the party that they acquired it from. The situation you describe is only applicable in a circumstance where the confidential information was revealed to the general public, and the "genie is out of the bottle", as it were.

Of course, all of this is applicable to the story were are discussing only if the guy who sold the Rift to Facebook was not actually entitled to do so.

Comment: Re:Will there be an SOS OS as well? (Score 1) 180

by jpellino (#49763191) Attached to: Google Developing 'Brillo' OS For Internet of Things
Ah but would it be permissible to scan both the embedded sensors for spoiled milk and spoiled meat on the same device? The story I always heard was that there was an unspoken agreement that Brillo and SOS were different colors so that you could have one to clean cooking utensils for meat and one for cleaning milk product utensils. Only glitch is that SOS pads didn't go from red to blue until 1960 or so, and the relatives who told me that were keeping kosher long before 1960.

Comment: Re:Export???? (Score 1) 125

by mark-t (#49760617) Attached to: US Proposes Tighter Export Rules For Computer Security Tools

Sure... Quote only part of my post out of context, and state that you disagree with it as if it stood alone, all the while completely omitting the part where I said it would only matter if the site were located in the USA in the first place.

Obviously if the site is not hosted in the USA then there is no issue that the USA could have with the site... although the uploader of such content, *if located in the USA*, could still be held accountable for said export if they were able to identify them.

Comment: Re:A stolen idea, in my corporate acquisition? (Score 1) 100

by mark-t (#49760507) Attached to: Oculus Founder Hit With Lawsuit

If this guy really used Total Recall's confidential IP, which I'm not saying necessarily happened, but it seems like it may be possible, then Facebook's acquisition would be void... and they could sue the person they bought it from for no less than every single cent that they spent buying it out, probably with interest, and punative damages thrown in for good measure.

This company is working within what I understand is the legally permissable 5-year limitation on NDA's in the high technology industry (albeit only just barely), so if OR is really based on misappropriated IP from that company, then Facebook is no more authorized to use the tech without Total Recall's permission than this guy was authorized to sell it.

Comment: If the stuff was really confidential.... (Score 1) 100

by mark-t (#49760373) Attached to: Oculus Founder Hit With Lawsuit

... then Facebook is not really permitted to freely use that technology either, and they would have a case against the person they bought it from as well. Certainly they would at least be entitled to any monies they had already given the founder for rights to Occulus Rift, and punative damages could even be applicable.

Total Recall could, of course, license the tech to Facebook, and probably make a tidy profit while doing so.

Comment: As with the faded memory of the pain of childbirth (Score 1) 359

by jpellino (#49758007) Attached to: 25 Years Today - Windows 3.0
one can now wistfully remember the birth of Windows. I was 6 years on Macs (supporting 28 units in a school) at that point, and remember looking at the Mac graphics and then the Win graphics ("I don't care what it takes - bonuses for anyone who can make this OS look sorta like AppleWorksGS!"), the placement of menus inside individual Windows ("How can we make people spend MORE time using our product?" "You mean USE it more, right boss?" "No, just spend more time using it.") and the mouse driver ("Remember that great scene in Bambi when he's on the ice? Let's make that an easter egg." "Sure, boss, we can have a little movie pop up when you hit crtl-alt-shift-esc-b" "No, you moron, I mean right there in the mouse behavior - it'll be a cherished childhood memory every time you try and point to something." It all but turned my mom & dad's Leading Edge D into my happy place. But hey, at least Media Player was included!

Comment: Re:EA (Score 2) 82

by afidel (#49756563) Attached to: How Cities: Skylines Beat SimCity At Its Own Game

Public companies can also have a mechanism to halt a hostile takeover, it's called a poison pill. Generally it involves some kind of massive payoff to the current staff, but it can also be the automatic issuance of new stock which dilutes the holdings of the company attempting to do the acquisition. The first known use of the latter technique that I'm aware of was the Westinghouse corporation which issued massive amounts of stock when JP Morgan tried to take them over, ultimately providing them with enough money to complete the Niagara power station project.

Comment: Re:Easier to learn != easier to use (Score 0) 376

by roman_mir (#49752831) Attached to: How Java Changed Programming Forever

- No operator overloading.

- good.

- Type erasure for generics

- good.

- Lack of first class functions.

- good

- Lack of properties.

- irrelevant.

In fact the syntactic sugar added starting with Java 5 is mostly bad. Generics - bad, horrible code. 'for (blah: type)' - bad, no Iterator access. Autoboxing - horrible, gigantic mistake, etc.

But what do I know, I just end up releasing one working project after another by hiring novices and training them in a month to a level they become to projects.

Comment: Forever is a long time.... (Score 1) 376

by mark-t (#49752051) Attached to: How Java Changed Programming Forever

... so I frankly doubt literal veracity of the headliine.

But I won't dispute that Java has changed the face of programming when comparing worlds before it existed and after, although many languages can make that claim, including C, and probably C++. I'd not be surprised if even BASIC could not be said to have had such a dramatic influence on programming. Fortran and COBOL would be up there as well, possibly even greater than most of the others combined.

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