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Comment I doubt it. (Score 1) 3

Oracle has no intention of stewarding Java and doesn't see that as a responsibility. They do not care about making people happy. These are not concerns of Oracle. What they want is to have many many dollars and to put them in a huge money bin like Scrooge McDuck and swim in them. Owning Java and shaking down everyone for those dollars is their strategy.

Or to use a different analogy, a shark is not biting you because he wants to trick you into purchasing his teeth. He is a shark and wants to eat you. That makes him happy.


Submission + - The Oracle Lawsuit Will End w/ Google Owning Java ( 3

potemcam writes: The only real strategy that makes any sense here is that Oracle is strong-arming Google into actually taking Java off their hands. There is little doubt that the Oracle lawsuit has legal, if not technical, merit. If this lawsuit goes to court, Oracle will end up with a settlement in the high hundreds of millions of dollars, if not billions. Of course, this whole thing won’t go to court. Court isn’t the end game of this lawsuit.

"With this lawsuit, Oracle isn’t just refusing to hold onto the lifeline Google is throwing them, but instead, they’re trying to use that very lifeline to actually strangle their rescuer."

The big end game here is Java ending up in the hands of Google.


Submission + - White House Says Hill Can't Pursue Contempt Cases (

rook2pawn writes: Bush administration officials unveiled a bold new assertion of executive authority yesterday in the dispute over the firing of nine U.S. attorneys, saying that the Justice Department will never be allowed to pursue contempt charges initiated by Congress against White House officials once the president has invoked executive privilege. The Moderate Voice asks "what is Congress remedy? Increasingly, Bush administration actions appear to be actually provocative aimed at throwing the matter into court. Could it be because George Bush now has more friends on the Supreme Court who believe in a stronger executive and will back him in the end? If they back him, the United States traditional definition of checks and balances may have to be heavily revised."

Which Google Should Congress Believe? 428

theodp writes "In Congressional testimony last month, Google's VP of People Operations told the House Judiciary Subcommittee on Immigration that, due to limits on the number of H-1B visas, Google is regularly unable to pursue highly qualified candidates. But as Google stock tumbled in after hours trading Wednesday, Google's CEO blamed disappointing profits on a hiring binge and promised Wall Street analysts that the company would keep a careful eye on headcount in the future. So which Google should Congress believe?"

Submission + - Computing is now a natural science (

wikinerd writes: "Peter J. Denning just published an article in the July 2007 issue of the Communications of the ACM journal-magazine explaining that computing is a natural science and announcing his Great Principles of Computing framework. He says that there are 7 common overlapping categories of principles that can be used to study computation in any field. He goes on to report views of other scientists, such as Baltimore's view that biology is an information science, or Wolfram's claim in 'A New Kind of Science' that nature is expressed in terms of computation. He provides an example application of the Great Principles framework in finding out whether the recent game programming degrees offered by many universities are just a fad or a legitimate field, and he ends proclaiming that computing is an infinite game itself. The article suggests that the Great Principles framework could help to develop more meaningful CS curricula, reversing the recent trend of failing student numbers."

Submission + - Supplemental Shrubbery Sound Source (

Chris Vecchio writes: "Supplemental Shrubbery Sound Source
an installation at the Schuylkill Center for Environmental Education
May 6 — October 30, 2007
SCEE, 8480 Hagy's Mill Road, Philadelphia map/directions
An array of motion sensitive modules are installed along a section of the trail. When someone walks past, the modules emit sounds which supplement the sounds occurring naturally in the environment. The sound samples are arranged along the path in a sequence which proceeds from the most "natural" to the most "man-made". The effect varies depending upon which way one happens to be moving along the path. At the "natural" end, it is not clear whether what one is hearing is part of the installation or part of the (natural) landscape. Central to this installation are questions about what constitutes "natural" versus "man-made". Just as man has dramatically modified the environment through the introduction of invasive species and transformed the landscape with technological intervention, this installation will supplement and modify the forest's sound environment, both subtly and dramatically, with invasive and technological additions.
Supplemental Shrubbery Sound Source is part of Green Machine, a multi-media exhibitionfeaturing work by Chris Vecchio, Keiko Miyamori, and Katie Murken in partnership with P'unk Avenue.
On Sunday May 6th at 5:30 PM there will be a reception and gallery talk with the artists followed by simultaneous performances by Toshi Makihara (at the Schuylkill Center)and Chikara Miura (in Japan) linked byvia the web. The performance begins at 7:30PM. Web-broadcasts and video documentationhave been provided byVincent Romaniello.


Submission + - Firefox Lite: Together, old PCs can crush IE[-> (

Philip McCartney writes: An article on CNET implores the Mozilla community to release a completely stripped down version of Firefox in order to get the browser onto even low-spec machines, thus increasing the brand's awareness and its overall market share.

From the article: " the lightweights a browser they can use only further increases Firefox's market share. The by-product is that the Firefox name will be in more households, more novices' minds and will be their first choice of browser when they buy their new pre-built system sporting Internet Exploiter... Give the Celerons and the K6s some of the power back and let light users rediscover what it's really like to rediscover the Web with Firefox...".

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