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Comment: Re:Wrong in quite a few ways. (Score 5, Informative) 207

by LarryWest42 (#43328269) Attached to: Oracle Clings To Java API Copyrights

You're getting your facts wrong. Sun *approved* of Google's efforts, publicly and officially, in the forum of their CEO's blog.

Search (e.g., Groklaw) for Jonathan Schwartz's blog from November 5, 2007:

  • "I just wanted to add my voice to the chorus of others from Sun in offering my heartfelt congratulations to Google on the announcement of their new Java/Linux phone platform, Android, Congratulations!"

And it continues in that vein, referring to Android as a Java-based platform.

This is after much discussion between the companies. The context matters. Google weren't being jerks.

Read up on the Oracle's lawsuit at groklaw for more factual background and generally reasoned commentary on the Oracle suit.

Larry

Comment: Re:Less self absorbed? (Score 1) 648

by LarryWest42 (#31989426) Attached to: When We Finally Meet Aliens, They Will Probably Be...
  • 3.) More Concerned With Trade - Really? What, exactly, is worth trading across a thousand years of time and space? Certainly nothing physical, and even information is questionable when it's a thousand years stale.

The recipe for Coca-Cola?

Damn, anyone know the name of the (1980s?) science fiction novel in which contact has been made and the only thing that Earth has that interests aliens is Coca-Cola? (a minor point in the book).

Comment: Read the law: no broad mandate (Score 5, Informative) 510

by LarryWest42 (#31978998) Attached to: Mass. Data Security Law Says "Thou Shalt Encrypt"

eihab seems to have it right.

IANAL, either, but I did read the whole law and there is no broad encryption mandate as the SQL Mag author claimed.

The encryption-related sections of the law that I can find (17.04 (3) & (5)) actually mandate:

  • “(3) Encryption of all transmitted records and files containing personal information that will travel across public networks, and encryption of all data containing personal information to be transmitted wirelessly.”
  • “(5) Encryption of all personal information stored on laptops or other portable devices;”.

In other words, if you send data over public networks, or wirelessly, or store it on laptops, you should encrypt it. Excuse me for not getting excited about this.

Law: 201 CMR 17.00 reg

FAQ: 201 CMR 17 faqs

The whole thing seems pretty sensible overall.

Science

Why the First Cowboy To Draw Always Gets Shot 398

Posted by timothy
from the more-guns-less-crime dept.
cremeglace writes "Have you ever noticed that the first cowboy to draw his gun in a Hollywood Western is invariably the one to get shot? Nobel-winning physicist Niels Bohr did, once arranging mock duels to test the validity of this cinematic curiosity. Researchers have now confirmed that people indeed move faster if they are reacting, rather than acting first."

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