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Comment: Re:Having problems reading this.... (Score 1) 176

by jrumney (#48357051) Attached to: The Math Behind the Hipster Effect

Pffft. Amateur conformist. I get my slashdot by telnetting to port 80 and requesting it by hand!

Jokes aside, but I've been doing HTTP/web stuff since 1994 or so, I'm very familiar with telnet hostname 80 :) I've even sent HTTP .9 requests for a production server.

Wannabes, the lot of you. I've been getting my internets by telnetting to port 70 since 1991.

Comment: Re:GNU GPL (Score 1) 260

by jrumney (#48343455) Attached to: Computer Scientists Ask Supreme Court To Rule APIs Can't Be Copyrighted

It could also be completely closed source and proprietary. Because it's all Google's own code they can license it however they like (actually, I don't know if Google owns all the copyrights; I'm not sure how they handle contributions),

I thought the class libraries that are taken from standard Java are actually Apache Harmony. There may be modifications by Google, and there are plenty more libraries that are unique to Android, but they have not written everything from scratch.

Comment: Re:system or method of operation (Score 1) 260

by jrumney (#48343427) Attached to: Computer Scientists Ask Supreme Court To Rule APIs Can't Be Copyrighted

You're confusing interfaces of physical devices that isn't copied by copyright (but perhaps patents) with an expressible form of information that is copyright protected. (like a written work, computer software, song, and others)

I don't see the distinction. The physical interface is defined by a drawing, and drawings are as much subject to copyright as the file of structured text that defines an API.

Comment: Re: So Android DOESN'T have an Apple Pay equivalen (Score 1) 122

by jrumney (#48338261) Attached to: New NXP SoC Gives Android Its Apple Pay
The idea was to open up access to other card providers. With the secure element being in hardware, operators were controlling the provisioning, so only very few phones came provisioned for Google Wallet, and none with major credit card companies, because those companies won't bend over and accept the operators' demands for a cut.

Comment: Re:How long will it take slashdot to spin this? (Score 1) 106

by jrumney (#48306091) Attached to: Gates Donates $500M+ To Fight Malaria and Other Diseases

All he does is pushing corporate interests with the money he "earned" exploiting a monopoly.

Before he got into health issues, I'd agree - mostly he invested in pushing developing countries towards using Windows PCs for education. But more recently he's investing a lot into healthcare issues that are important to the developing world, and without his money, unprofitable for the drug cartels to research.

Comment: Re:How long will it take slashdot to spin this? (Score 1) 106

by jrumney (#48306061) Attached to: Gates Donates $500M+ To Fight Malaria and Other Diseases
Richard Branson once pledged $3 billion of the profit from his airlines over ten years towards efforts to combat climate change. If his airlines didn't make that much profit, he said he would take it from other parts of his business empire. When someone checked up 8 years in, he'd managed to give $200-300k over those 8 years, and the forecast for the next 2 years was not looking good. Two things to take away from this - 1) that Steve Jobs' 10s of millions is not bad compared to his peers, and 2) that so far Bill Gates has said he will give $500M for this particular cause, but what really matters if you're going to compare this with Steve Jobs' donations is what he actually gives out in the end. (not that I think Gates has as bad a record as Branson).

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