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Comment not a valid comparison (Score 1) 577

Python and Ruby have been GPL from the beginning, unlike Java. I think that makes reimplementation of the API certainly legal, since using the code directly is legal as well. The "end of programming as we know it" seems like a stretch - maybe the "end of Java as we know it". Or am I missing something here?

Comment 6K QPS (Score 2) 221

WIth 6,250 queries *per* *second* when registration opened at 7AM, it's not the least bit surprising not everyone who wanted a ticket got one:

i.e., the few thousand tickets available could have theoretically been sold out in seconds. The Moscone Center West would not even have the capacity for 25K+ Google employees, let alone the 10's of thousands of developers/students who would like to attend. My only point here is that there's a lot of demand and very little supply, so there's going to be a lot of disappointed people. I don't think a better registration system, programming challenges, doubling capacity, a lottery, etc will do much to placate everyone who wants a ticket. Perhaps the only sensible way to reduce demand would to be double, triple, or quadruple the price.

FWIW, I've been in 2009 and 2011 - in my experience, it's mostly engineers, developers and others interested in and actively working on Google technology - not people there for just for the freebies (although they are certainly welcomed).

Comment most apps are likely using it for analytics (Score 1) 194

The UDID is really useful for collecting analytics, such as with Flurry Analytics. You can really easily get nice graphs and charts on how users in aggregate are using your app, or drill down to any particular (anyonymous) user based on the UDID. For these analytics to be useful, you need to specify some type of unique identifier for the device. A UDID makes perfect sense, and there really isn't any standard or easy way to map the UDID to any particular user anyway, so it's hard to see what all the fuss is about. Regardless, the app should let the user know the UDID is being logged, and allow them the option to turn the logging off.
The Courts

Submission + - Class Action Lawsuit against Seagate (

updog writes: "Today I received an email entitled "Notice of Seagate Hard Drive Class Action and Proposed Settlement". The email describes that "the plaintiff alleges that in the sale and marketing of hard disc drives, Seagate stated that purchasers of the drives would receive approximately 7% more usable storage capacity than they actually received." The details of the lawsuit can be found here.

While wild marketing claims need to be kept in check, so do frivolous lawsuits. The fact that the lawyers (who will receive up to $1.792 Million) profit far more than any individual who may have been mislead (who get 5% of the net cost of the hard drive) really disturbs me.

What would you do — exclude yourself from the settlement, object it, or submit a claim?"

The Internet

Inside 250

lizzyben writes "Baseline is running a long piece about the inner workings of The story chronicles how the social networking site has continuously upgraded its technology infrastructure — not entirely systematically — to accommodate more than 26 million accounts. It was a rocky road and there are still hiccups, several of which writer David F. Carr details here." From the story: "'s continued growth flies in the face of much of what Web experts have told us for years about how to succeed on the Internet. It's buggy, often responding to basic user requests with the dreaded 'Unexpected Error' screen, and stocked with thousands of pages that violate all sorts of conventional Web design standards with their wild colors and confusing background images. And yet, it succeeds anyway."

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