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Comment: Acquiring Sun was not about Java, but about Oracle (Score 1) 371

by MouseR (#47633213) Attached to: Oracle Hasn't Killed Java -- But There's Still Time

I dont the article looks at the reason why Oracle bought Sun.

Sure, the hardware itself was icing on the cake but the basic reality is that Oracle has an enormous investment in Sun hardware by optimizing the DBs for that platform, but mostly, because the software stack has an even heavier investment in Java for the processing of the data itself as well as middleware. If you think PLSQL is important to oracle, Java has taken an as-much important role in treating the data and managing apps.

When Sun was failing and about to hit the dust, no price was too high for Oracle to save that Hardware & Software investment. The absolute-next worse thing to a competitor (like IBM, SAP etc) buying it and giving therm control over Oracle's Java investment through license or platform direction.

I'm convinced the buyout was an absolute critical must for Oracle. Does that mean they want to push the platform forward? I can't answer that. They did ditch JavaFX and roll some of it back into J7. But one thing for sure, they wont let it die any way or another.

Disclaimer: I work for Oracle but these are not Oracle's opinions. That's my opinion only. I do NOT work anywhere near related activities to the server stack, Sun hardware or Java code. I do end-user native app developments that make use of some Java middleware.

Japan

Japan To Launch a Military Space Force In 2019 150

Posted by samzenpus
from the wave-motion-gun dept.
Taco Cowboy writes Japan is planning to launch a military space force by 2019. The Mainichi Shimbun is reporting that Japan plans to create a "space force" within its existing Self Defence Force, hoping to have it operational by 2019. Japan would provide the US military with information obtained by the force as part of the joint bid to strengthen ties in space, the so-called "fourth battlefield", Kyodo news agency said, citing unnamed sources. Note that this plan, which involves simply looking into space using old civilian astronomy equipment and radar, is just the beginning. The transforming space fighters and combat mechs will presumably come later.

Comment: Re:Curation: Apple does high profile reviews... (Score 3, Insightful) 258

by MouseR (#47569879) Attached to: Is the App Store Broken?

Adding more category tags and features filtering to the search engine would let you find precisely what you are looking for.

But despite the absence of a very good search engine, even my two dinky Apps have managed to gather thousands of download.

What's really missing IMO is an in-app rating SDK. Users just cant be bothered to rate Apps because it takes them out of their task and into a different app where they must navigate the comments & ratings links in your App listing on the App Store.

Something akin to Netflix. Right in the app where you can star it and add a comment.

Comment: Re:Time Shifting? (Score 1) 317

by MouseR (#47568179) Attached to: Ford, GM Sued Over Vehicles' Ability To Rip CD Music To Hard Drive

The difference is in the wording of the law where you computer's CD drive is not "digital audio recording devices whose primary purpose is to rip copyrighted material" whereas the car systems serve no other purpose (other than perhaps updating nav maps on navigation systems).

Still effin greedy.

The Courts

Ford, GM Sued Over Vehicles' Ability To Rip CD Music To Hard Drive 317

Posted by Soulskill
from the i-buy-a-car-every-time-i-want-to-steal-some-music dept.
Lucas123 writes: The Alliance of Artists and Recording Companies is suing Ford and General Motors for millions of dollars over alleged copyrights infringement violations because their vehicles' CD players can rip music to infotainment center hard drives. The AARC claims in its filing (PDF) that the CD player's ability to copy music violates the Audio Home Recording Act of 1992. The Act protects against distributing digital audio recording devices whose primary purpose is to rip copyrighted material. For example, Ford's owner's manual explains, "Your mobile media navigation system has a Jukebox which allows you to save desired tracks or CDs to the hard drive for later access. The hard drive can store up to 10GB (164 hours; approximately 2,472 tracks) of music." The AARC wants $2,500 for each digital audio recording device installed in a vehicle, the amount it says should have been paid in royalties.
Sci-Fi

Ridley Scott to Produce Philip K Dick's The Man In the High Castle 144

Posted by timothy
from the it's-all-in-your-head dept.
hawkinspeter (831501) writes Amazon has given the green light to produce the Hugo award-winning "The Man in the High Castle". This is after the four-hour mini-series was rejected by Syfy and afterwards by the BBC. Philip K Dick's novel takes place in an alternate universe where the Axis Powers won the Second World War. It's one of his most successful works, probably due to him actually spending the time to do some editing on it (most of his fiction was produced rapidly in order to get some money). Ridley Scott has previously adapted PKD's "Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep" as the film Blade Runner, so it will be interesting to see how close he keeps to the source material this time. This news has been picked up by a few sites: International Business Times; The Register and Deadline.

Comment: Re:COST (Score 1) 544

Precisely for the same reason. Even more so due to economics.

Take well-known accessory manufacturers Logitec or Kesington. I doubt they managed to sell a hardware keyboard for 5% of owners of any given market (as they did for iPads) and this creates lots of expenses in R&D, manufacturing, stocking and distribution.

Unlike Apple (for example), their inventory is calculated in months, not days.

Bug

Linus Torvalds: "GCC 4.9.0 Seems To Be Terminally Broken" 739

Posted by timothy
from the you'll-never-believe-what-he-actually-said dept.
hypnosec (2231454) writes to point out a pointed critique from Linus Torvalds of GCC 4.9.0. after a random panic was discovered in a load balance function in Linux 3.16-rc6. in an email to the Linux kernel mailing list outlining two separate but possibly related bugs, Linus describes the compiler as "terminally broken," and worse ("pure and utter sh*t," only with no asterisk). A slice: "Lookie here, your compiler does some absolutely insane things with the spilling, including spilling a *constant*. For chrissake, that compiler shouldn't have been allowed to graduate from kindergarten. We're talking "sloth that was dropped on the head as a baby" level retardation levels here .... Anyway, this is not a kernel bug. This is your compiler creating completely broken code. We may need to add a warning to make sure nobody compiles with gcc-4.9.0, and the Debian people should probably downgrate their shiny new compiler."

Comment: Re:However minute, risks remain. (Score 1) 550

by MouseR (#47531505) Attached to: Laser Eye Surgery, Revisited 10 Years Later

It is more expensive now, as Lazik really went down.

My exam & topology required 3 visits and it got to ~1200$ (including test lens to see how your eyes reacts etc). Then the lens are ~300$, replaced every 2 years or so.

It boils down to how much you care for your long term vision. My health care took the brunt of it (I do have a pretty good corporate group insurance).

Comment: Re:However minute, risks remain. (Score 1) 550

by MouseR (#47525321) Attached to: Laser Eye Surgery, Revisited 10 Years Later

My doctor holds the canadian record and actually dealt with -7 successfully.

And even there, you could do a partial fix to bring you up to -1 if your eye exceeded the max you could do.

They use micron eye topography imaging to perfectly map your eyeball and see how much they could correct your eyesight. It's pretty amazing: they never even tough your eyeball.

You put the lens on, go to sleep for a good 6-8 hours and voila. Take em off for the rest of the week.

Comment: Re:However minute, risks remain. (Score 2) 550

by MouseR (#47525239) Attached to: Laser Eye Surgery, Revisited 10 Years Later

Its entirely safe and without consequences. You can stop any time and resume later. If you can wear semi-rigid contacts then you can do this. Plus is removes any astigmatism so its pretty great for stargazing.

My doctor's site explains it slightly better than wiki.

And unlike laser surgery, there's no potential for risks of complication as you get older if you need cataract surgery (there's a finite amount of cornea you can scrape off).

Comment: However minute, risks remain. (Score 5, Informative) 550

by MouseR (#47524785) Attached to: Laser Eye Surgery, Revisited 10 Years Later

I'm missing part of a finger, but I can manage.
I could live with a limp.
But eyesight is a pretty big gamble. Yeah its small. But still higher than lottery.

That's why I opted for orthokeratology. I put my lens for one night, once every 7-ish days, and have 30/20 vision for the first 24h and then 20/20 for the rest of the week.

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