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Comment Dalvik (Score 1) 257

Doesn't Oracle own Java? and don't android apps run a ripped off version of Java? I'm no patent lawyer but I can see no way that the Dalvik VM DOESN'T infringe some Java patents.

This will be a BIG payday to Oracle. Or it will be resolved by some cross branding ...

"Android - powered by Java"

Comment Re:Please (Score 1) 266

how many politicians are on facebook now? facebook is THE social network (some regions have other dominant networks i realise). it already has the mindshare and the majority of peoples social information, they won't move, if facebook screws soemthing up (in the eyes of the public) politicians will get involved

Comment open source? (Score 1) 266

so the code that implements the social network is open source, that means absolutely nothing, it really provides nothing to anyone, its just another social network that fragments the internet (in terms of end users) what we need is open standards for exchange of social media data, we can already do this in parts, facebook seems to have a pretty good api (i haven't delved too deep), but obviously its not a standard, we can import contacts from gmail to facebook and the similar but we can't just transfer our social data from one platform to another. migrate from facebook to diaspora and you start again with a clean sheet, who's going to do that? myspace versus facebook was early, now facebook is the standard. oh crap, i just realised that facebook is the social version of M$ windows.

Comment atms? (Score 1) 236

The absolute must of an e-voting machine is a hard copy version that can be latter verified. Essentially I would have thought that the voter enters their vote, the machine electronically records the vote and the paper vote is verified by the voter before being lodged along with teh electronic version. Voters dont need receipts, infact that can cause problems with coersion. A voter must go in with nothing and come out with nothing but be assured that their vote is recorded correctly. you can never fully trust an electronic e-voting system without a hard copy verification system. But at the end of the day the e-voting system just allows the votes to be tallied quickly, the hard copy would still need to be counted to provide a check and balance. I was thinking the other day that we already have a distributed system that people trust to record vital transactions, the banking Atm system. Why not turn ATM's into voting booths by giving all voters an anonymous voting "bank card".

Comment Re:Ummmm (Score 1) 269

RISC is definately the way these days, even if things look CISC from the outside, internally the best way is to use components that are simpler as they are much easier to understand and optimise, so CISC architectures end up deconstructing their instructions anyway. RISC isn't just about reducing the instruction set, but about providing less complex instructions that can be implemented more efficiently, although there is one instruction I'd argue that this is a CISC architecture.

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