"There are things in the Universe billions of years older than either of our races. They are vast, timeless, and if they are aware of us at all, it is as little more than ants and we have as much chance of communicating with them as an ant has with us. We know. We've tried and we've learned that we can either stay out from underfoot or be stepped on. They are a mystery and I am both terrified and reassured to know that there are still wonders in the Universe, that we have not explained everything. Whatever they are, Miss Sakai, they walk near Sigma 957 and they must walk there alone."
Not only did he learn Java to understand the case, but Judge Alsup was already a programmer (and mathematics graduate), putting him in an ideal position to make nuanced judgements about Oracle's arguments:
' Alsup told Boies, "I have done, and still do, a significant amount of programming in other languages. I've written blocks of code like rangeCheck a hundred times before. I could do it, you could do it. The idea that someone would copy that when they could do it themselves just as fast, it was an accident. There's no way you could say that was speeding them along to the marketplace. You're one of the best lawyers in America --how could you even make that kind of argument?" '
It seems very unlikely that the current panel will be as well-qualified (which is great for Oracle).
It is a large ship compared to humans, compared to an ocean, it is a speck.
And, if necessary, easy enough to avoid:
But what about his nemesis?:
"In the prison where he still awaits sentencing, the guards call him El Cobalto - the Cobalt Man."
Very well designed until you step on one in bare feet, anway.
Finally a method of DVD piracy that the DMCA can't touch!
If you seriously think that software that makes medical diagnostic claims is not regulated, you're not living in the same world as the rest of us does.
You don't have to use software that 'makes medical diagnostic claims'. You can simply used software designed for research purposes. Everything required to analyse genomic sequences, from alignment of the raw data to detection and annotation of variants of interest, is already freely available under open source or non-commercial academic licences, without regulation by the FDA or anyone else. There's nothing to stop you taking the output of this analysis and comparing it against large databases of disease-associated variants, several of which are also publicly available. All this requires a certain level of technical knowledge (the software and databases are designed for working scientists, and may not be terribly user-friendly), but there's certainly no legal barrier in your way.
Yes, it's like being stranded in 2015 with a Blackberry, the last of your kind.
The original article seems to be Slashdotted (hey, can we still do that?!), but from the MATE blog:
"The MATE Team is very happy to say hello to the new Debian MATE Packaging Team, that is working hard to get MATE included into the next release of Debian...First packages are already in the repositories and there are many others in ftp-master NEW queue."
which links to:
"The plan is to provide MATE inside the Debian archive before the end of the year (if the FTP master time will find enough time to review our uploads)."
Of course if you don't mind using the upstream repository, you can install it right now:
Here in the UK we cut out the middleman, and just buy these flying saucer tech headquarters directly from taxpayers' money:
Then they spy on us.
Having more languages is better than having fewer.
Tell that to the guys who were trying to build that great big tower in the land of Shinar! Enki might agree, though.
That's a pretty sophisticated hack. Looks like they've gone as far as setting up an entire site that looks superficially like Slashdot, but is full of grotesquely dull stories apparently designed to warp the minds of unsuspecting IT professionals - obviously some sort of psyop strategy, but to what purpose?:
Turns out i am a computer. Couldn't have figured it out myself!
Eliza> How does that make you feel?
No, it's the real thing (So Long, and Thanks for All the Fish).
The Quest of Erebor is a short piece, presented with additional material from a second version, in Unfinished Tales. It was edited, but not 'completed', by Christopher Tolkien, was apparently originally intended for the LOTR Appendix, and is written in a style appropriate for that work (in the event an even shorter description covering these events was included in the section on the Dwarves in Appendix A). It was never intended as the basis for a complete rewrite of the Hobbit, and even if Jackson had access to the UT material, there's hardly enough there to justify Jackson's bloated 3 movie version, nor would the film(s) necessarily be 'improved' by it:
"The canons of narrative art in any medium cannot be wholly different; and the failure of poor films is often precisely in exaggeration and the intrusion of unwanted matter owing to not perceiving where the core of the original lies" - JRRT.
And of course:
'Why, I feel all thin, sort of stretched, if you know what I mean: like butter that has been scraped over too much bread. That can't be right.' - B Baggins.