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Comment Re:I have a much more ambitious vision (Score 1) 1073

"Oceania has always been at war with Eastasia". Hmmm, reminds me of a certain book I've read.

If every last person was at heart kind and wanted the best for their fellow man, then there MIGHT be a ghost of a chance of such an idea working; however, there are (and probably always will be) those who are at nature selfish and have a lust for power. When such people are also charismatic, you have a politician, and at the extreme end of things you have a Hitler.

If people know their history, then if we're lucky enough of them might recognize such a person's shenanigans for what they are and oppose them before things get too far out of hand; otherwise, well that's where that saying comes from: "Those who cannot remember the past are condemned to repeat it."

Comment Re:restraint of trade (Score 2, Interesting) 276

While the Right Thing resulted from the lawsuit, it's funny how it hurt Sun and Java more than it hurt Microsoft, which was Microsoft's real goal anyway.

The thing is, I remember around that time that Sun's CEO Scott McNealy was constantly ranting and raving about how the goal of Java was to take over the desktop and specifically "Kill Microsoft". Launching a frontal assault against Microsoft (especially at that time) was foolish, and look at what happened. If the good folks at Sun had kept their mouths shut, maybe they would have actually succeeded.

You can applaud the result of the lawsuit, but so many comments on this article reflect a resulting public perception that is not exactly favorable to Sun and Java.

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Venezuela Bans Hostile Videogames and Toys 335

An anonymous reader writes "In an effort to 'help improve child education and prevent misconduct,' the Venezuelan government began enforcing a law on March 3rd banning war videogames and toys, imposing a fine and 2.5 years in prison on the production, distribution, sale, hiring and use of video games and toys inciting violent behavior. Alberto Federico Ravell, former director of opposing news network Globovision, has already come on twitter denouncing the authorities for seizing imported Gameboy, Wii and PlayStation 3 consoles, due to considering them violent."

Comment Re:It is a culture problem (Score 1) 307

If Microsoft wasn't hostile to Java then maybe Sun wouldn't have needed to do those stupid shenanigans to get Java to run halfway decently on Windows; it could even have been included with Windows (not the bastardized version Microsoft made, but the true, licensed Sun version).

But I don't really blame Microsoft too much for this; I blame Sun for declaring Java a "Windows Killer" from the get-go. The idea was that you'd run all your apps in Java in a web browser, and this would "Kill Windows". Yeah, declaring war on Microsoft was REALLY smart. I can't really blame MS for not going along with them on that. Probably just another example of Scott McNealy running his mouth.

(Of course it didn't help that Java was slow as hell back in the beginning; it isn't now, but the damage to its reputation is done).

Comment Re:Just like desktop linux. (Score 1) 636

Windows backward compatibility is required because the average end user just wants to continue to be able to run their old programs when they buy a new computer with Windows 7 on it, and don't want to muck around with downloading "non-free" NVidia drivers, compiling kernel wrappers or running a script to do so, etc. Some distros make this pretty easy, but not all and it's an extra step that could potentially confuse or trip up the end user who doesn't care about the politics of Open Source.

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