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Submission + - Oracle: Google is a willful infringer->

walterbyrd writes: Florian Mueller: Google is a willful infringer. Google copied and distributed without authorizationSun/Oracle’s 37 Java API Packages (and RangeCheck and the eight decompiled files, for that matter). Google knew full well that this was copyrighted material, that it needed to take a license,and that its failure to do so subjected it to legal liability. Indeed, Google’s employees were instructed to conceal the scope of the infringement for as long as possible as they “scrubbed the js” from Android. At no point did anyone inside Google ever suggest that its unauthorized copying was “fair use”—nor does it have an opinion of counsel justifying its actions.
Google simply didn’t care that it was willfully infringing Sun’s (and later Oracle’s) copyrights. Sun was weak and Google needed to get to market with a mobile solution. When Oracle acquired Sun, Google again had the chance to do the right thing—and this time it faced an opponent that was not hemorrhaging revenue and watching its market capitalization drop throughthe floor. At that point, Google’s executives candidly acknowledged that they needed the Java API Packages, because “the alternatives all suck.” Google believed it would be “out of business in 10 years” if it did not succeed in mobile. Still, Google did not do the right thing and take a license. Google stands alone among large companies who commercially exploit the JavaPlatform without complying with the license terms.

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Submission + - USPTO finds Apple iPhone design patent invalid->

walterbyrd writes: The USPTO is also not allowing Apple to claim benefit of filing date related to two previous patent applications covering the same design, which are thus cited as prior art. As seen in the image above, taken from the USPTO's decision, D'677 shows different design attributes from Apple's own prior art and therefore does not meet requirements of patentability laid out in Title 35 of the U.S. Code. A pair of non-Apple patents, one from LG and another from Japan, are the basis of the USPTO's other two rejections for obviousness.
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Comment Re:FreeBSD on the Desktop. (Score 0) 101

I think Red Hat has been working to monopolize Linux. I think it's been going on for years. Systemd was a huge step towards such monopolization.

Red Hat wants to be Microsoft. Who could blame them? Red Hat is imitating Microsoft in many ways. Systemd is open just like OOXML is open. Red Hat is using it's dominate position to push technologies on people who don't want those technologies.

Pottering has made no secret of being a huge fan of the Microsoft way of doing things, and a hater of the traditional UNIX/Linux way of doing things.

  It seems to me that, if you are a fan of the way that Linux is going, you would be happier with MS-Windows, or maybe OSX.

Comment Watch "Merchants of Doubt" HBO documentary (Score 5, Informative) 663

Corporations have been doing this for ages.

The same professional deniers that insisted there was nothing unhealthy about smoking cigarettes, are now working the Koch brother's PR firm, and insisting that global warming is a hoax.

These scientists also work for, and support: the nuclear industry, Monsanto, and factory farmers.

You might also want to watch "That Sugar Film"

Patrick Moore, a scientist who help found Greenpeace, now works for several corporations.

Here he is promoting the wholesomeness of GMOs:

Here he claims that rising levels of CO2 are good for the environment:

Just typical corporate shenanigans.

Comment Windows 10 Sharing Ur Wi-Fi Password with Facebook (Score 1) 515

> If you're taking up Microsoft on its offer of a free upgrade to Windows 10, you should know that the new operating system has a feature, called Wi-Fi Sense, that automatically shares your Wi-Fi passwords with others.

If all else fails, immortality can always be assured by spectacular error. -- John Kenneth Galbraith