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Comment Re:VMS (Score 1) 763

HPUX and NonStop maybe, but VMS is lacking any kind of love in HP and when Itanic dies VMS goes with it.

That said, I managed to generate my own license keys that are unlimited (along with the license pak generator key!) so I don't have to worry about licenses for my VAX and Alpha machines.

Comment Re:And... (Score 1) 342

Opensolaris survived only because of Sun's benevolence. Once the source drops stop, that's the end of Illumos project: its either stuck permanently at whatever the last drop was (especially in light of the binary-only internationalization stuff) or becomes incompatible and then its no longer solaris.

Stick a fork in it.

Comment Re:Groklaw debunked nothing but straw men (Score 2, Informative) 250

If i said it was closed source then I misspoke.

But, that isn't the point: the open source project isn't affected. The commercial entity which is repackaging hercules has been informed (not sued, not C&D, just informed) that if they continue with their lawsuit against IBM then IBM might consider using this list of patents against them. Again, not against the open source hercules community but the commercial entity.

I think software patents suck, but using a lawsuit to try to force someone to do something that they don't want to sucks just as much.

Comment Re:Groklaw debunked nothing but straw men (Score 4, Informative) 250

I think Florian's beef is that IBM's response letter mentioned patents which may be infringed by the hercules product -- and how one of them was on the 'gift to open source' list. Of course, even then he's wrong: the open source hercules project is different than the commercial product which is seeking the copyright license.

The bottom line is the commercial hercules people started this fight and they were in the wrong to assert that IBM must license its properties to anyone who comes by and asks. The patent (non-) issue doesn't have anything to do with it and its an emotional sideshow to get the OSS folks to be on the commercial hercules' side.

Comment Re:Only true if MS made laptops (Score 4, Insightful) 189

Its yet another club that MS can use against the OEMs.

Don't like what MS demands for the desktop? Oops, I guess we can't sell your laptops in the stores anymore.

Promise to ditch linux? Yeah, we can make space for your wares in the stores.

This isn't good news for vendors no matter how you slice it.

Comment Re:What Benefit Does C Have Over Assembly? (Score 4, Insightful) 207

Being in C, it is easier to see what the person writing it was doing, compared to assembly.

Consider if you had to do some nasty computation such as finding what address is used for a given row and column on the screen:
(in bad assembly)

mov ax, row
mov bx, col
shl col,#1
xor dx,dx
mul ax,#80
add ax,bx
mov pos,ax

Whereas in C it is:


and much more readable.

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