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Submission + - Can APIs be copyrighted? Not in the EU's court. (

Fluffeh writes: "While the case at hand is all about SAS, a popular statistical package, it sings a song very close to the current Oracle Vs Google case where one of the main questions is "Can APIs be copyrighted?" which the US judge passed over to the jury to answer. The folks on the other side of the pond have thought about it — and came to a firm conclusion of "No" — "The European Court of Justice ruled on Wednesday that application programming interfaces (APIs) and other functional characteristics of computer software are not eligible for copyright protection. Users have the right to examine computer software in order to clone its functionality—and vendors cannot override these user rights with a license agreement, the court said.""

Comment Stop developing for IE6 already! (Score 1) 416

There are several comments here that suggest developers are _forced_ to support IE6 because of their company or clients.

And you call yourselves professionals?

Am I the only one who quit his job over IE6 and MS junkie mgmt!? I can't be the only one. There have to be other people who take their profession seriously.

With my knowledge and expertise I create efficient computer systems for my clients. With my help, their lives become easier, their jobs become more productive.

This is what I do.

Comment coral cache mirror for the blasphemous article (Score 1) 845

Thanks editors for helping take down the website! For everyone interested in reading the quotations here's the coral cache link:

The first quotes are from Jesus Christ himself.

And btw, if you're planning on building a high traffic website don't use Wordpress...
From the source:

<meta name="generator" content="WordPress 2.7.1" />

Comment You're thinking too materialistic (was Re:Yes) (Score 1) 227

When I'm famous I'll be auctioning my /. account. See how well it fares:

Yes, there is something different. A /. account is a durable device that lasts many years. It will build character as it wears.

[rambling about computers redacted]

Also, /. accounts are very classy. A lot of writers still use them for many reasons I've heard. They like the satisfying sounds it makes. You can't go back and edit things you've just written. It separates you from technology. It separates you from office work. You can haul it anywhere it work without worrying about battery life. You can't get distracted and browse slashdot...

Sorry about the last sentence, I was browsing slashdot while typing.

Comment Re:Anti-Sec (Score 1) 110

But what's more dangerous, the bag of tricks in the hands of a few skilled people or an open bulletin board with 0day-exploits for everyone?

What makes this question even more complicated for me is that Secunia, the people who protect us from exploits if we pay them, is sponsoring this practice.

Comment Re:Remember developers' mindsets... (Score 2, Interesting) 200

I think the parent is talking about those "modern geeks", those superficial, macbook wielding, super star programmers. You know, the cool kind of geek, who know all about the shiny tech the jocks and their girlfriends like to play with. They're real popular nowadays, too, because they can fix your Vista notebook or setup your HD home cinema or even write a witty reply on craigslist for you.

But don't tell them anything about tinkering with old tech. Why would you play Quake on a TRS-80 when you can play Gears of War an a HDTV!? You'd sound like a total nerd to them ;)

Comment Re:Anti-Sec (Score 1) 110

The Antisec guys just have a problem with "security experts" who earn their living by doing nothing but posting exploits (without contacting anyone but Secunia) and generally spreading fear.

I haven't really understood their views on non-disclosure but my guess is they'd rather have no disclosure at all than the farce that is full disclosure.

C'est magnifique, mais ce n'est pas l'Informatique. -- Bosquet [on seeing the IBM 4341]