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R In a Nutshell 91

Posted by samzenpus
from the read-all-about-it dept.
joel.neely writes "R is a statistical computing environment that is fully-compliant with state-of-the-art buzzwords: free, open-source, cross-platform, interactive, graphics, objects, closures, higher-order functions, and more. It is supported by an impressive collection of user-supplied modules through CRAN, the 'Comprehensive R Archive Network.' And now it has its own O'Reilly Nutshell book, R in a Nutshell, written by Joseph Adler. I am pleased to report that Adler has risen to the challenge of the highly-regarded 'Nutshell' franchise. As is traditional for the series, this title mixes introduction, tutorial, and reference material in a style that is well suited to a reader who already has a background in programming, but is a new or occasional user of R." Read on for the rest of Joel's review.

FreeType Project Cheers TrueType Patent Expiration 203

Posted by CmdrTaco
from the just-wait-it-out-i-guess dept.
FlorianMueller writes "The FreeType project celebrates the expiration of Apple's TrueType bytecode patents. The open source font rendering engine now has the bytecode technology enabled by default. The relevant code existed for some time, but the project felt forced to disable it and advise everyone not to use it due to patent encumbrance. The 20-year maximum of validity of software patents is long, but sometimes the stuff that becomes available is still useful. The Unisys GIF patent was an example. And anything open-sourced 20 years ago would also be patent-free by now (except for the code that has since been added)."

Comment: this guy just does not get it... (Score 1) 464

by Tonetheman (#14567005) Attached to: MS Security VP Mike Nash Replies
He is a VP afterall. I am glad that he took the time out to answer questions and it appears that his answers have been thought out and written well, but he just sems to be missing the point.

The decoupling of IE from Windows question pretty much sealed it for me. I do not care how much money you make being a VP, if you have ANY clue at all about programming and/or security, embedding the browser into the OS is a bad idea. And the excuse that the email client needs it is just a joke.

MS does not care about security if they did they would get someone who actually understood the real problem to do the work.

One can't proceed from the informal to the formal by formal means.