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Oracle Clings To Java API Copyrights 207

An anonymous reader writes in with a story about some of the ramifications of the Oracle-Google lawsuit. "You could hear a collective sigh of relief from the software developer world when Judge William Alsup issued his ruling in the Oracle-Google lawsuit. Oracle lost on pretty much every point, but the thing that must have stuck most firmly in Oracle’s throat was this: 'So long as the specific code used to implement a method is different, anyone is free under the Copyright Act to write his or her own code to carry out exactly the same function or specification of any methods used in the Java API. It does not matter that the declaration or method header lines are identical. Under the rules of Java, they must be identical to declare a method specifying the same functionality — even when the implementation is different. When there is only one way to express an idea or function, then everyone is free to do so and no one can monopolize that expression. And, while the Android method and class names could have been different from the names of their counterparts in Java and still have worked, copyright protection never extends to names or short phrases as a matter of law.'"
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United States Begins Flying Stealth Bombers Over South Korea 567

skade88 writes "The New York Times is reporting that the United States has started flying B-2 stealth bomber runs over South Korea as a show of force to North Korea. The bombers flew 6,500 miles to bomb a South Korean island with mock explosives. Earlier this month the U.S. Military ran mock B-52 bombing runs over the same South Korean island. The U.S. military says it shows that it can execute precision bombing runs at will with little notice needed. The U.S. also reaffirmed their commitment to protecting its allies in the region. The North Koreans have been making threats to turn South Korea into a sea of fire. North Korea has also made threats claiming they will nuke the United States' mainland."

Comment Re:Wait a minute, (Score 1) 184

Truth be told, I do actually concur with most of what you said above. Back in the day IE wasn't all bad, and its differences didn't really bother me since 90% of people were using it anyway and no-one really knew where standards were heading. We were all rooting for Netscape, but I used IE for development and Opera for personal browsing.

My biggest gripe with IE was IE6 way overstaying its welcome, not honoring the box model, not properly reporting errors ("Error on line 0.") and completely breaking on stupid things like leaving a trailing comma after an array (which was supposed to be legal according to Ecmascript standards, and it would have helped if it at least just properly reported the line of the error).

So yes, at one stage it was arguably on par with browsers of the same release timeframe, at least as far as its users were concerned, and completely dominant in the realm of user adoption. Great? Considering IE6 was the last version for which both those statements held true, I still wouldn't use such a strong word. But it's probably just 10 years of directed hatred getting the better of me :)

Comment Wait a minute, (Score 0, Troll) 184

IE 10 already has a score of 319 in html5test.com, while MS is trying to position IE as a great browser again.

Again!? Implying it was great once? What have I missed? I've been in web development for around 12 years now, and I most certainly do not remember ever having many nice things to say about IE. Or do you mean great, as in having the majority monopoly-based userbase?

Comment Dell, if you're listening, (Score 1) 399

This is a great idea, and I'd definitely support it if it materializes, even though I bought a new laptop just last week. Just make sure it has a *matt* display, decent screen-size (so I can do both development and design) and decent resolution. And at least 4GB of memory, but preferably 8GB (having tons of tabs and browsers open tends to eat memory). The rest, like graphics card and battery life, I'm not extremely bothered about. But give me this laptop, without the need to pay for Windows and keep it on in order to not void the warranty, and you'll have more than enough customers lining up.

"The hands that help are better far than the lips that pray." -- Robert G. Ingersoll