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Comment Re:Honest question (Score 1) 203

Not that I wish to continue this as an argument but your retort is left with 2 flaws. 1) you appear to have highlighted breach of contract but fail to see the connection. That contract included licensing intellectual property related to java, and some of that ip would be patent licenses pertaining to the JVM. Furthermore Microsoft had patents of it own in this case that were the core of their argument that since they licensed Java and owned these other ip assets they were entitled to slam them together as they saw fit. Even though that was well beyond the scope of their Java license. So the assertion that patents were not involved would be ignorant to say the least. 2) Microsoft asked the judge upon ruling for clarification of Microsofts ability to develop similar systems and to establish to scope of Suns Java patents. The argument being that if they couldn't merge Java with these other elements could they build a Java-like system to fill that gap. And the judge indeed indicated that their prohibition on Java was just on Java and that they could develop something like it so long as they didn't infringe on Suns ip as they were now barred from using it.

Comment Re:Honest question (Score 1) 203

Nope not confused. The Sun vs MS Java fight was a cluster of patents on both sides. Thus why a judge ruled that whilst Microsoft had violated it's license to java, it could develop a similar system, i.e .NET. While I have heard these rumors before, I can't find anything in the .NET framework or how it works to suggest that they licensed Java tech. Oracles patents in these areas are actually pretty Java specific, whilst Microsoft's patents for .NET are very broad. (like every MS patent) The core of my belief is that Microsoft must only have something "on paper" if you will. It's something they are pretty sure will lead to a protracted legal battle so not even they actually want to go to court to enforce it, but it's enough to make companies pay. That's why I believe it's something abstract and only loosely connected to Microsoft's actual patents. And most other components of Android you could simple replace with other known non-infringing implementations, since Microsoft has also made these kinds of threats about Linux, these components are out there. But rewriting Davik is a much harder task without licensing tech from MS or Oracle. I would imagine RIM licenses Java. Everyone sues them for anything so if Oracle hasn't filed, they are licensed.

Submission + - NOAA Announces Warmest Year-to-Date on Record (noaa.gov) 1

eldavojohn writes: "So far, it's been a scorcher for folks all around the world. So it might come as no surprise that the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration has released a report revealing 2010 having the record for warmest June, warmest April to June and warmest year to date. The announcement said 'Each of the 10 warmest average global temperatures recorded since 1880 have occurred in the last fifteen years. The warmest year-to-date on record, through June, was 1998, and 2010 is warmer so far.' So far we are even surpassing 1998's records which held the warmest year (despite directly contradicting reports). It certainly seems the scads of winter precipitation we enjoyed was no indication of how we would swelter through our summer this year. Will 2010 turn it around or are we set to break more records?"

Submission + - Zephyr solar plane flies 7 days non-stop (bbc.co.uk)

chichilalescu writes: solar planes in the news again (BBC): The UK-built Zephyr solar-powered plane has smashed the endurance record for an unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV).
The craft took off from the US Army's Yuma Proving Ground in Arizona at 1440 BST (0640 local time) last Friday and is still in the air.

maybe we can attach some netbooks, and extend the internet to the clouds.


Submission + - Comet in a Console (pubnub.com)

stephenlb writes: Comet real-time push in command line scripts now available. PHP and Ruby can both Publish and Subscribe within a console. Use comet in a console with two functions publish() and subscribe() made for programmers. The walkthrough uses PHP to publish and subscribe between a browser and console. Following the tips, developers can write code to speak between Ruby or PHP in two separate terminal windows on the same or separate machines without configuration.

Pedro Matias Sets New Texting Record At Mobile World Cup 70

Pedro Matias showed off his mad txtin sklz at this year's Mobile World Cup and managed to set a new record for "fastest, most accurate" texts as determined by the event's corporate owners. "history was made when Portugal's Pedro Matias set the new World's Record for texting by typing a 264-character text in just 1 minute 59 seconds (besting the previous record by 23 seconds). Of course, each Mobile World Cup must have its share of controversy -- in this case, Engadget Mobile's very own Chris Ziegler led a silent protest during the awards ceremony. The group was reportedly upset over the use of QWERTY phones (the LG enV3 in this case) to break the record."

Submission + - AMD Delivers DX11 Graphics Solution for under $100 (pcper.com)

Vigile writes: The new AMD Radeon HD 5670 launches today and it is the first graphics card to bring DirectX 11 support to the sub-$100 market and offers next-generation features to almost any budget. The Redwood part (as it was codenamed) is nearly 3.5x smaller in die size than the first DX11 GPUs from AMD while still offering support for DirectCompute 5.0, Eyefinity multi-monitor gaming and of course DX11 features (like tessellation) in upcoming Windows gaming titles. Unfortunately, performance on the card is not revolutionary even for the $99 graphics market though power consumption has been noticeably lowered while keeping the card well cooled in a single slot design.

Submission + - Lego Router (WRT54GL) (wordpress.com)

An anonymous reader writes: The successor to the Lego computer is the Lego router, a case for the Linksys WRT54GL made entirely out of LEGO bricks. Check out the blog for all the details on how it was built, and to download the plans to make your own!

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