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Comment: Re:Wasn't Java open sourced? (Score 1) 223 223

That woudln't be putting it into the public domain. Only the actual destruction of the copyright can do that.

This is merely a binding covenant not to sue.

Promissory estoppel will quickly come into play if you try to backtrack. But you still own the coyright.

Comment: Re:Clean room implementation? (Score 1) 223 223

The idea is that the kernel api is not meant for public usage, but only for other kernel code. Furthermore, they claim that anything that close to the kernel is interoperating so tightly with it that it's effectively a derived work.

The java api, otoh, was designed for public use.

Comment: Re:Get it in writing (Score 2) 353 353

Not to mention that having a good relationship with management won't guarantee anything.

Even if you never have a falling out, don't forget that it's a business. As such the chain of command is vulnerable to higher ups promoting or reassigning your boss.

And of course there's also mergers, acquisitions, bankruptcies, and other such corporate reorganizations that could well change who you report to.

Not only should you get it in writing, but make sure that the person signing the contract is sufficiently empowered to act on behalf of the business. If it's a large company, chances are your direct boss doesn't have that authority anyway, good relations be damned.

+ - Inside the Military-Police Center That Spies on Baltimore's Rioters->

Lasrick writes: Adam Weinstein on a program designed to catch terrorists attacking Baltimore that is now being used to spy on protesters: 'On Ambassador Road, just off I-695 around the corner from the FBI, nearly 100 employees sit in a high-tech suite and wait for terrorists to attack Baltimore. They’ve waited 11 years. But they still have plenty of work to do, like using the intel community’s toys to target this week’s street protests.' Great read.
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Work expands to fill the time available. -- Cyril Northcote Parkinson, "The Economist", 1955