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+ - Tech Companies Set to Appeal 2012 Oracle vs. Google Ruling

Submitted by sl4shd0rk
sl4shd0rk (755837) writes "In 2012, Oracle took Google to court over Java. In the balance hung the legalities of writing code to mimic the functionality of copyrighted software. The trial was set to determine how all future software would be written (and by whom). Oracle's entire case boiled down to an inadvertent 9 lines of code; an argument over a simple and basic comparison of a range of numbers. The presiding judge (who had some background in writing software) didn't buy it stating he had "written blocks of code like rangeCheck a hundred times before." A victory for more than just Google. This week, however, Microsoft, EMC, Oracle and Netapp have filed for appeal and seek to reverse the ruling. It's not looking good as the new bevy of judges Indicating they may side with Oracle on the issue."

+ - Windows chief struggles to explain the consumer value proposition of Windows-> 2

Submitted by mattydread23
mattydread23 (2793761) writes "Microsoft's new Windows chief Terry Myerson gave a presentation to financial analysts today, and one asked him a very good question: When I see all these mobile Windows devices — phones, tablets, convertibles — in Best Buy, why should I want one? What's the consumer value proposition of Windows devices? His struggle to answer the question shows that there may not BE a good answer. Back when Windows was all we had, we used it for everything. Now, a lot of functions — communication, gaming, web browsing — can be served by other platforms better, cheaper, or both. This is a tough question, but one Microsoft has to solve if the Windows brand is to remain relevant."
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Comment: Cable Ladders, colored runs, paint and lacing (Score 1) 250

by cdl (#45585829) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: Recommendations For Beautiful Network Cable Trays?
Get Cable Ladders rather than the wire trays. They are larger, but actually that would make them easier to paint. Paint them to match (or contrast) with the walls and ceilings they are mounted to. Get Cat6 that is colored, again to contrast or match the color. Neatly cable lace the cables to the ladder (to avoid the rats nest look). They don't disappear, but they will look better than the standard rats nest in metal wire look of most trays.

Comment: Re:Jews Sue (Score 0) 324

by cdl (#45530751) Attached to: Jury Finds Newegg Infringed Patent, Owes $2.3 Million
Can someone with moderator points PLEASE downmod "Jews Sue" one as flamebait? A hint for the "Jews Sue" author - if you want to slag someone, at least man up when you do it, and put your name on it. If not, you're just a lame, scared little boy/girl. I have no problems with people speaking their mind (if they have one), but I can't abide a coward slagging someone and not being willing to own up to the slag.

Comment: Re:Stupid judge/jury. (Score 4, Insightful) 324

by cdl (#45530657) Attached to: Jury Finds Newegg Infringed Patent, Owes $2.3 Million
We can fight these stupid decisions coming out of east Texas one by one, or we could be smarter about it. We can try for patent reform, but the $$ involved, they will probably find a way around that as well. How about we start a PR fund with the goal of flooding the East Texas jury pool (buy TV/Radio/Newspaper/Internet in that geography) explaining why this is bad to the people that will be sitting in the jury box. Explain that it's actually killing small, successful companies, and only enriching the trolls/lawyers who actually did nothing. Call it carpetbagging - should resonate with Texans.

Comment: Re:Wow (Score 1) 702

by cdl (#45415891) Attached to: Venezuela: Cheap Television Sets For All!
There's an interesting book on the subject, which covers the death of the DM in interwar Germany. It's When Money Dies by Adam Fergusson. Maybe it's time for someone to send one to the Miraflores Palace.

<spoiler alert> It ends badly, really badly </spoiler alert>

Come to think of it, someone should have sent it to the Presidential Palace in Harare, must have slipped the mind.

Comment: Re:Paper works better (Score 1, Redundant) 244

by cdl (#44998327) Attached to: Delta Replacing Flight Manuals with Surface Tablets
Ahh - well, the plane is a sealed metal tube, right? And the pad is in the sealed metal tube right? What else can we call a sealed metal container.... wait for it.... A Faraday cage. That's right kiddies, If a plane gets hit with lightening, it will charge the skin of the plane, but not induce a current inside of the plane - this is why existing electronics in planes aren't fried. Yes, they are flight qualified, but all the laptops that the punters have in the plane don't get fried, the entertainment system doesn't get fried - basically, lightning isn't a big worry. I'm much more worried about other lightening effects (surface damage, fuel ignition - pretty sorted by now, etc) Now let's talk about depressurization. A computer with rotational media (a hard drive, where air pressure helps float the heads off of the platter) would probably not be too happy about having the air pressure radically change, especially in the downward direction - something about heads plowing little furrows in the disk surface. Similarly, devices that move air to cool their electronics might get a bit warm with the fans blowing a lot less N2 molecules over the heat exchangers. Which of these systems does a pad have? Microsoft may be less than brilliant when it comes to many of their business activities, but I don't even think that Monkey Boy would sign off on a tablet that had either a hard drive or a fan for cooling. So, what's going to be killed by depressurization? If you say the LCD, I'll slap you (lightly) so you'll look up and see the glass cockpit staring you in the face. Better arguments, please.

Comment: CLASSIFIED or REGULATED under ITAR? (Score 3, Informative) 274

by cdl (#44396287) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: Secure DropBox Alternative For a Small Business?
So - your use of terminology would lead me to think that you haven't been at this too long (I apologize in advance for the snark if that is not the case). If you deal with certain information, you would certainly NOT use the term CLASSIFIED in discussing the status of that information. CLASSIFIED has a VERY specific meaning in certain domains - including the domain that you seem to indicate that you work in. If you are, indeed, handling such information, I would suggest running, not walking to your FSO for a conversation. It will probably be fairly brutish and short. If, however, you are dealing with ITAR regulated information, then you have a different set of issues. You may not export the data without a permit, but you don't need to control it specifically within the US. Also, the regulations around foreign persons (or those of dual nationalities) relate to export activities. So, you can't transfer to a foreign person if you know (or suspect) that they are going to export the data. However, foreign persons in the US that aren't an export channel are not an issue (else a whole lot of commerce in the US would halt since I have no idea if another company has any foreign nationals employed, and I don't have to get an ITAR export license to ship something to another domestic company). In the later case (where we are talking regulation, not classification), you don't have an issue if you don't export the data (don't pick a company with foreign presence for cloud storage). Actually, one could probably be ok if they encrypted it (strongly) and then stored (but you may (or may not) want to talk to your DDTC rep about that. You should have no problems finding an offsite storage company to provide the service, and/or use someone who allows you to restrict the S3 zones (if AWS is the backend store) to us-* regions. Similar for rackfiles, dream objects, etc. Another comment here is worth highlighting, however - use consumer services, get consumer service. Go upmarket a bit if you are actually looking for something that your company's bottom line is hung on.

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