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Comment Re:Increased IT literacy??? (Score 5, Interesting) 424

Window's dominance of the PC market has been good in many ways ... increased IT literacy

What?! That's like saying McDonald's did anything for fine cuisine. Gimme a break!

Like McD has given us something with which to compare fine cuisine, Windows has given us a way to differentiate between those who are and aren't IT literate.


Woman Sues Google Over Street View Shots of Her Underwear Screenshot-sm 417

Kittenman writes "The Telegraph (and several US locals) are covering a story about a Japanese woman who had her underwear on the line while the Google car went past. She is now suing Google: 'I was overwhelmed with anxiety that I might be the target of a sex crime,' the woman told a district court. 'It caused me to lose my job and I had to change my residence.'"

Comment Re:So sad (Score 1) 142

What do you do when they worry about you?

They were not worried about being liable for the content, they were worried about the (future) content putting people in jeopardy. Since the content they were worried about was not published yet, that in itself that was not a valid reason for the takedown IMO. The fact that Wikileaks doesn't own the rights to then content was the main reason they stated. You can argue about that as well (legitimate purposes for publishing, freedom of press, etc...), but that was their reason.

The point is that Amazon did not lie in its statement. That doesn't make their reasons valid, but they did not lie.

Comment Re:Open Source mouth; insert foot (Score 1) 408

Logical fallacy: transparent attempt to redefine terms by reframing the debate.

Fair point; that last part was unnecessary and over-interpreted the statement made by the parent. Of course Slashdot posters know open source, and many even know how to monetize it (even when that is 'just' as a salary). It was the tone of the parents message which I interpreted as 'of course we are the right people to criticize McNealy' that triggered me to post that last statement. But I should have read more carefully.

Comment Re:Open Source mouth; insert foot (Score 1) 408

In fact, the decline of Sun could be viewed as specific evidence that there was a lack of understanding about Open Source on his part.

But he admits that, doesn't he?

"That's the message," McNealy tells us. "You gotta strike a proper balance between sharing and building the community and then monetizing the work that you do... I think we got the donate part right, I don't think we got the monetize part right.'

Now, if you can share your insight on how to build a multi-billion-dollar-company, please do...

Comment Re:Ayn Rand? (Score 1) 408

The reason, I think, is that Ayn Rand's philosophy is that people become rich and powerful because they're better and more valuable people than those who don't. Compare that to, say, Karl Marx, who would argue that people become rich and powerful because they're scum-sucking leeches who like to steal from everybody else. Now, if you're rich and powerful, which philosophy would make you feel better about yourself and what you did to get to where you are?

And which makes you feel better about yourself if you are not rich and powerful?

Comment Re:Blame the summary (Score 5, Interesting) 408

Right, the only mistake Sun did was open-source too much. Like all the closed shop were doing wonderfully well too.

The summary is incomplete. Somewhere else in the interview he mentions that one of his regrets is not open sourcing Solaris earlier, claiming it was better than, and could have beaten Linux. His point is that they didn't have a good business model and didn't make enough money from the open source, but he also clearly still believes open source can be profitable, and open source was the right direction for Sun.

Comment Re:Oracle is Evil, C# Java (Score 1) 428

enums are not objects in Java, though they must be declared within an object. Which is stupid, as enums are types, just like objects are.

No, enum types are classes, and enums are objects. They derive from Object (via Enum) and can be declared in their own file, seperately from all other classes. The only difference is enums have a limited set of instances.

Comment What the trial is about (Score 5, Informative) 66

There is a great summary at ComputerWorld. How I read it: a company bought by SAP is accused of copyright infringement by Oracle. SAP does not deny this, and the trial is basically about the height of the damages. Oracle is making a media circus of it and sues for $ 2 billion, and SAP just wants to get it over with, and is willing to pay tens of millions.

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