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Comment: I'm proud I gave them a hundred bucks! (Score 1) 58

by MythicalMan (#43308803) Attached to: The FreeBSD Foundation Is Soliciting Project Proposals

I'm a busy software developer working for a big company, so I don't have much time to contribute for Open Source and open knowledge projects. Supporting the FreeBSD Foundation, Wikimedia and similar initiatives seems to be a good way to pay for their valuable work. I make a donation every year and invite all /. readers to do the same.

Comment: HP Printers don't run Oracle's (Sun) JVM (Score 4, Informative) 192

by MythicalMan (#42697583) Attached to: Thousands of Publicly Accessible Printers Searchable On Google

The article leads the reader to believe that the VM running on HP LaserJet printer is an old version of Sun's -- now Oracle -- JVM. That's no true. HP Printers run ChaiVM, a clean-room implementation written based on the published specification. Moreover HP has historically recommended their customers to NOT expose printers to the public Internet. The embedded web server is an administration tool, not a fully-fledged HTTP server, and was not designed to be used that way.

Disclaimer: Even though I work for HP and had access to the LJ firmware internals in the recent past, I'm NOT speaking on behalf of HP.

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