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Comment: Re:Why not both? (Score 3, Informative) 289

by Dominic_Mazzoni (#30179486) Attached to: Some Claim Android App Store Worse Than iPhone's

It's real Java. You can use most existing Java libraries. What's different is:

* It uses its own bytecode and its own virtual machine instead of the JVM.
* It uses its own GUI libraries rather than AWT or Swing.

So, you basically need to write your UI from scratch - but otherwise you can reuse any existing Java libraries and source code.

Comment: Re:Where would such technologies be really useful? (Score 1) 257

by Dominic_Mazzoni (#28684987) Attached to: Google Releases Open Source NX Server

NX is great for programmers. When I'm coding, I have 30 emacs windows open, 10 terminals, 50 tabs in Firefox, etc., spread across several virtual desktops. It takes a while to recreate that state, especially when it's not just the windows, but a lot of useful stuff in each one. With NX, I can grab my laptop for a while and within 5 seconds I'm accessing the same desktop, with no perceptible latency. I just need to scroll a bit since I'm viewing a large desktop on a small screen - but it's much better to scroll a bit and continue coding where I left off, than to recreate my state on my laptop. Then later I close my laptop, go back to my desktop and now I have a nice big monitor again. It's a seamless transition.

Software

OpenOffice Vs. Google Apps 336

Posted by timothy
from the google-apps-works-pretty-well-for-me dept.
jammag writes "Both OpenOffice and Google Apps are free, so the choice is purely down to which is better. Bruce Byfield, after looking at both, concluded, 'comparing Google Apps to OpenOffice.org is like clubbing a staked-out bunny — Google Apps is so far behind that the whole exercise seems like an exercise in pointless cruelty.' Ouch, that hurts."
Microsoft

+ - Mac users' Internet experience to remain seamless 2

Submitted by thefickler
thefickler (1030556) writes "Mac users will continue to see the Internet as it was intended, thanks to the renewal of a font licensing agreement between Microsoft and Apple. At TypeCon2007 Microsoft and Apple announced they have renewed their font licensing agreement, giving Apple users ongoing use of the latest versions of Microsoft Windows core fonts.

Back in 1996 Microsoft started the "Core fonts for the Web" initiative. The idea of this initiative was to create a a standard pack of fonts that would be present on all or most computers, allowing web pages to be displayed consistently on different computers. While the project was terminated in 2002, some of the fonts defined as core fonts for the web have gone on to become known as "web safe fonts", and are therefore widely used by Internet developers."
Google

Googlebot and Document.Write 180

Posted by kdawson
from the ajax-the-foaming-indexer dept.
With JavaScript/AJAX being used to place dynamic content in pages, I was wondering how Google indexed web page content that was placed in a page using the JavaScript "document.write" method. I created a page with six unique words in it. Two were in the plain HTML; two were in a script within the page document; and two were in a script that was externally sourced from a different server. The page appeared in the Google index late last night and I just wrote up the results.
Biotech

Bilingualism Delays Onset of Dementia 472

Posted by kdawson
from the brain-exercise dept.
Dee writes with word of a Canadian study indicating that lifelong bilingualism delays the onset of dementia by 4 years. The scientists were reportedly "dazzled" by the results. From the article: "The researchers determined that the mean age of onset of dementia symptoms in the monolingual group was 71.4 years, while the bilingual group was 75.5 years. This difference remained even after considering the possible effect of cultural differences, immigration, formal education, employment and even gender as influencers in the results. "

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