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Submission + - Sun dilutes Java brand on massive scale (

Chunky Kibbles writes: "The Java brand originated as a strong cross-platform language, virtual machine, and general attitude to code. They diluted it by creating the Sun Java Desktop Environment... which wasn't actually a java desktop at all. Rinse repeat for other technologies labelled with the "Java".
Now, to cap it all, they're changing the stock ticker symbol: SUNW is changing to JAVA."


Submission + - Brian May gets PHD

wellingtonsteve writes: Slashdot reported last month that Queen guitarist Brian May was planning to submit his PHD thesis in astrophysics ( 28/0557236).

BBC news is reporting ( stm) that having yesterday passed his Viva in which he had to explain, defend and dicuss his work with other astrophysicists for over three hours, he has now been awarded the PHD.

Brian's official website has more ( l)

Submission + - Who Owns a Hosted Open Source Project? 1

An anonymous reader writes: Just over a year ago I convinced my company to release a framework we had created, under an open source license. Since then, a lot of hard work has been put in by myself and others outside of normal work hours and we've managed to turn it into a fairly substantial project with a solid user base. Now I've reached a point where I'm going to move on to something else and the company I work for is taking the typical corporate position that they own the project and everything related to it. Since it's hosted on a popular project hosting site, I'm curious who actually owns the project and it's SVN repository? I originally established the project and no one but the core developers have access to it, so can we refuse to hand over full access to the open source project? Clearly, it's within my right to fork it, but that seems like a bad solution especially since the company just wants to shut it down. I've spent sometime looking around for information on this, but it seems like this either hasn't happened before or it's happened behind closed doors. Does the slashdot community have any thoughts on this?

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