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Comment: They did copy and paste! (Score 2) 172 172

They did copy and paste 37 lines of code, the rangecheck function. The court ruled it diminimus and therefore non-infringing. So, Oracle's lawyers took another tact.

They claimed that this copying gave Google a big advantage and allowed them to get to market sooner. Alsup responded to this argument with ""I couldn't have told you the first thing about Java before this problem. I have done, and still do, a significant amount of programming in other languages. I've written blocks of code like rangeCheck a hundred times before. I could do it, you could do it. The idea that someone would copy that when they could do it themselves just as fast, it was an accident. There's no way you could say that was speeding them along to the marketplace. You're one of the best lawyers in America, how could you even make that kind of argument?"

Comment: You are all idiots! (Score 1) 86 86

The current rules do not permit anonymous information! These anonymous proxy services are the actually owners of the domains which licenses the domains back to the customers. See Balsam v. Trancos and Solid Host v. NameCheap.

ICANN simply does not really enforces its rules, they never have. The only time ICANN gets off their ass is when they are really publicly embarrassed, trying to get rid of Karl Auerbach, or Registrar meltdown.

In its recent rules, ICANN has adopted definitions for privacy services which recognize, not endorses. One can recognize different types of murder, but not endorse it.

Comment: Re:2 weeks notice? Fuggedabouit (Score 1) 279 279

There is no (usually in the USA) law that says when you give notice, the employer cannot fire you immediately without paying.

Of course, when that happens, you can contact the new employer and ask to start immediately. I worked with someone who was called into the office when he was about to give notice. They laid him off and gave him 6 months severance. You could always apply for unemployment for the time you are fired, though generally there is a 1 week waiting period.

Comment: Re:If he's sufficiently important... (Score 2) 279 279

Yeah right. If you were giving notice and you were planning on stealing or sabotaging, would you have not done it already?

I was once laid off. After I was told, I went back to my desk, had some coffee, checked in the code I was working on.

Once I was illegally fired, the company's network had some back doors (not put in by me). If I wanted, I could have wiped every machine in the company, or encrypted the entire hard drive, left them running until all the backups were corrupted, then take them down.

It all depends on the person you hire. If you hire someone who is technically good, if they want they will find a way to burn you. It all depends on the moral fiber of the person.

Comment: It is called good coding. (Score 4, Insightful) 189 189

Many people are shocked that computers/systems for 20 years still run, but is says a few things:

1. That people are used to crap code that can't keep running.
2. That people are used to crap products that can't last for more than a couple of years.

If it ain't broke, why fix it? They sent man to the moon on less CPU horsepower than my Nexus 6. Voyager has been running for more than 35 years in the harshness of space.

Comment: I can host (Score 1) 115 115

I can provide hosting. I am not a big host like some others, but am located in USA and I do not cave to threats.

The last guy, Robert Smolely, who threatened me with a libel claim for posting my lawsuit accusing him of illegal spamming spent 40 months in prison. I had an ex employer threaten me with a libel claim which when we went to court, they wrote me a 6 figure check.

Contact me through my web site.

Comment: Re:Yes it is rascist, and a little sexist (Score 1) 612 612

I have a friend who I met during my junior year in high school and her junior year of college. She was a EE and chemistry major. She ended up doing microprocessor optimization code, and was definitely female. She was working on her masters in physical electronics while married.
  I didn't see her in these courses to get a husband.

Comment: Nothing new here, sort of. (Score 1) 236 236

Offering computer as a major course is not new, this goes back to 1978. As part of a partnership with MIT and the Boston Public Schools, they implemented a Computer Science curriculum in the Mario Umana Harbor School of Science and Technology.

Comment: Nothing new! (Score 1) 56 56

This is not a new thing. In the 1976 the Mario Umana Harbor School of Science and technology was formed as a partnership between MIT and the Boston Public Schools. We never got tours of Facebook or Google, but that might be because they didn't exist at the time. We got tours of the MIT museums and labs.

Of course, who doesn't know about the Bronx High School of Science.

The sooner you fall behind, the more time you have to catch up.