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Comment Uncle Larry.. (Score 1) 156

.. has been notably short of good legal news lately, losing both the Google and HP lawsuits. He's obviously decided to fire some of his lawyers and hire astroturf agitators instead. This is what you do when you've chased off many of your customer base by shaking them down and/or suing them as well as being sued for breach of contract. Maybe the next phase of Oracle's business plan will be to actually try and compete for a change.

Comment Law -vs reality (Score 1) 332

The law is pretty straightforward, how it's actually implemented is anything but. The oversight attention paid to H-1B visas simply doesn't pair up to the way the law is written. Many US tech giants, and some large employers outside tech, simply violate both the letter and the spirit of the law hoping lobbying and campaign donations will keep them from getting noticed.

Comment Re:facebook can go die in a fire (Score 1) 124

I'm over 50 and regularly deal with Millennials and other 'younger' folks on a professional basis and they fall into 2 distinct camps:
1) Reasonable and interested in the wider world around them and where they fit into it. Well informed and knowledgeable.
2) Glued to FB/Twitter/texting to such an extent that it has become their *only* source of information. These folks regularly fall into holes (figurative and literal), walk into utility poles and kill others while driving. These are some of the most shallow and self-absorbed beings I've ever encountered. They make me concerned for our species.

Yes, I know this isn't limited to those on the younger end of life, but its effects seem most profound there.

Comment Re:WABI from SUN (Score 1) 405

Because they didn't think they needed to, and especially WRT Microsoft, they were disinclined to pay up. Larry is simply trying to sue Google because there may be money in it. Sun had the IP (bought from SavaJe) to implement something similar to Android but not the time or money to invest in it and CHOSE not to pursue it. JavaME was so far from usable as to be irrelevant. Google was willing to invest and succeed, Oracle is angry. Poor Oracle.

Full disclosure - former Sun employee.

Comment Takedown (Score 1) 311

Takedown requests under the guise of the DMCA are the trademark equivalent of patent trolls. Current law really doesn't give much recourse to those harmed by spurious requests like this one. What about the artist who had his original work taken down because someone simply didn't 'like' it? Power without control or accountability.

Submission + - MIT Brushes Up on 3D-Printing Hair (

Zothecula writes: Researchers at MIT's Media Lab have developed a method for 3D printing hair structures with a diameter as small as 50 micrometers each. With the ability to create finely detailed surfaces, touch sensors and even actuating motors, the technology could be used to make customized paint brushes, Velcro-like mechanical adhesives, and touch-sensitive plush toys.

Submission + - Virtual Partner Created For 'Emotional' Turing Test

An anonymous reader writes: Researchers at the Center for Complex Systems and Brain Sciences at Florida Atlantic University have created a virtual partner to conduct an ‘emotional’ Turing test, designed to test the emotional response that can be elicited from a human by a machine. The model used was faceless, with emotional engagement signalled instead by an avatar based on hands. The researchers found that hand movements alone were enough to elicit emotional responses from the human partner.

Submission + - ARM Tapes Out Next-Gen 64-Bit Artemis Mobile Chip On 10nm TSMC FinFET Process (

MojoKid writes: ARM has been working closely with TSMC for years now. Over the last six years or so especially, ARM and TSMC have collaborated to ensure that TSMC's cutting-edge process technologies work well with ARM's processor IP. However recently, ARM just announced the successful tape-out of a test chip featuring next-generation, 64-Bit ARM v8-A mobile processor cores, codenamed Artemis, manufactured using TSMC's upcoming 10nm FinFET process technology. The test chip features what ARM calls an Artemis cluster. It's essentially a quad-core processor with power management IP, a single-shader Mali graphics core, AMBA AXI interconnect, and test ROMs connected to a second cluster by an asynchronous bridge that features the memory subsystem, which is stacked with a Cortex M core that handles control logic, some timers, SRAM, and external IO. Compared to 16nm FinFET+, at nominal voltage, the 10nm test chip offered a 12% performance improvement in a similar power envelope. In super-overdrive mode (Vsod), the Artemis test chip offered similar performance, but at 30% lower power.SoCs for premium mobile devices with next-generation cores produced on the 10nm process node are expected to arrive later in the second half of this year.

Submission + - Study finds udio fingerprinting being used to track web users (

thomst writes: Natasha Lomas of TechCrunch reports on a Princeton University study on a new tracking technique that uses the AudioContext API to create a machine-unique signature. The researchers used an open-source tool called OpenWP to scan the top million websites (as determined by Alexa) for clues to trackinhg companies that use the technique.

The good news is that the audio-fingerprinting technique is not yet in wide use by data miners. The bad news is that none of the most commonly-used tracking blockers detects or can prevent its use to stalk users.

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