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Comment: Re:Oracle doesn't care about developer people (Score 5, Informative) 336

by forgot_my_nick (#41034469) Attached to: Is MySQL Slowly Turning Closed Source?

>Java is free like in libre, the reference implementation is under the GPLv2: OpenJDK

Java is NOT free as in Libre. While OpenJDK is the "reference implementation" (which in Oracles terminology means "Blame the Apache Foundation") it does not and will never include the closed source goodies in Oracle Java.

In addition, Linux distros are no longer allowed to redistribute Oracle Java due to some bizarre Ellinsionian fiat. (probably they want you to use Snoracle Linux). So If you still need Oracle Java for whatever reason, you have to install it yourself. However despite Larry's best efforts, the Community (thanks!) has come through with scripts and native packages to install recent Oracle Java on any Linux distro you can think of.

Comment: Re:Riding coattails! (Score 1) 333

by forgot_my_nick (#34950830) Attached to: FSF Announces Support For WebM

> If you need permission to use it, is it really open? I think that's the main point people seem to disagree on here.

In the context "Open" means you are free to read the standard, inspect (and use) the source of the reference implementation and even implement and distribute your own implementation. However at some stage you will most likely have to pay a licence fee if you are distributing h264 encoded videos or a implementation of the h264 codec.

If there was never any chance of attracting a licensing fee then it would be "Free" (as in beer and as in possibly speech).

Comment: Re:Good ideas never die, they just rebrand (Score 1) 265

by forgot_my_nick (#32784478) Attached to: IE9 Flaunts Hardware-Accelerated Canvas

If it gets the graphics card vendors to pay attention to the 2D API's again and improve support, then Hell, yes I'm all for it. Even on XOrg the graphics card vendors ignore the 2D graphics acceleration API's these days with the obsession with 3D. If you are lucky they will accelerate them indirectly through OpenGL. There is a reason why the open source XOrg drivers are generally faster at 2D graphics than the proprietary ones.

Comment: Re:Wow , at 8 cents a page for a PACER document... (Score 1) 445

by bws111 (#29660845) Attached to: FBI Investigates Liberator of Court Records
He is not doing their job for them, he is doing the trivially easy part of their job for them. The expensive part (collecting all that data) is still being done by the courts, it is just more difficult for them to get paid for it now (and no, they are not funded by taxes).

Comment: Re:James Randi challenge - Take Two (Score 1, Redundant) 453

by forgot_my_nick (#25010809) Attached to: Indian Woman Convicted of Murder By Brain Scan

Please excuse the technical problems with the parent.

Actually if you bothered to JFG, to would find that the One Million Dollars is in an endowment fund account administered by Goldman Sachs, so bar the bank collapsing or it getting embezzeled, the money is real qand is going nowhere.

See http://www.randi.org/joom/challenge-info.html [randi.org] for further info

[Crash programs] fail because they are based on the theory that, with nine women pregnant, you can get a baby a month. -- Wernher von Braun