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Google Pledges Not To Sue Any Open Source Projects Using Their Patents 153

sfcrazy writes "Google has announced the Open Patent Non-Assertion (OPN) Pledge. In the pledge Google says that they will not sue any user, distributor, or developer of Open Source software on specified patents, unless first attacked. Under this pledge, Google is starting off with 10 patents relating to MapReduce, a computing model for processing large data sets first developed at Google. Google says that over time they intend to expand the set of Google's patents covered by the pledge to other technologies." This is in addition to the Open Invention Network, and their general work toward reforming the patent system. The patents covered in the OPN will be free to use in Free/Open Source software for the life of the patent, even if Google should transfer ownership to another party. Read the text of the pledge. It appears that interaction with non-copyleft licenses (MIT/BSD/Apache) is a bit weird: if you create a non-free fork it appears you are no longer covered under the pledge.

Comment Pair programming (Score 1) 683

Sit next to him, and code together. Don't forget to let him have the keyboard. Even if he makes mistakes, it gives him the opportunity to practice (and you have a chance to refactor his code when it's your turn to have the keyboard). If he's really smart, there is a chance he's willing to learn. Don't give up on him.

Submission + - THQ Files for Chapter 11 Bankruptcy (

seepho writes: Just weeks after releasing their Humble Bundle, THQ has filed for bankruptcy. According to the company's press release, there are currently no plans to close any studios or disband any development teams. Clearlake Capital Group has placed a $60M bid for THQ's assets and hopes to complete the acquisition in 30 days, assuming no further bids are placed.

Submission + - Dell Gives up on Android, Doubles Down on Windows 8 (

hugheseyau writes: ""Dell vice chairman Jeff Clarke made a less than shocking announcement at this year’s Dell World Conference in Austin. The company is officially giving up on Android phones and tablets. ... So if Dell is giving up on Android, what comes next? The company claims its doubling down on Windows 8, and the enterprise market.""

Submission + - Six months to save GCC (

now3djp writes: "There is a battle of compilers waging, between the old stalwart GCC and the new LLVM compiler sponsored by Apple and Google. GCC is currently in the lead, but LLVM is fast catching up, and I predict in 2013 it will overtake GCC — after which, GCC will never recover its top spot again — is it too late?"
Christmas Cheer

Submission + - What do you give your kids for Christmas?

rizole writes: "I'm buying Minecraft for my kids (and me) this year. We've had it for over a year but play it so often that it's worth paying for for the extra features.

What are you buying for your kids this year?"

The trouble with doing something right the first time is that nobody appreciates how difficult it was.