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mario_grgic (515333) writes "Oracle recently committed a patch to the Open JDK project that adds a -XX:+UnlockCommercialVMOptions switch to the Java Virtual Machine. In particular, the switch seems to pertain to the HotSpot optimizations. Could the decision to charge for advanced runtime optimizations (currently free and available to everyone) lead to splitting up of Java to personal and enterprise editions. What impact could this have for already wounded Java on the desktop and future of Java in general? Perhaps Steve Jobs was right yet again when deprecating Java on the Mac OS X, calling it legacy technology?" Link to Original Source top
Apple to require sandboxing for Mac App Store Apps
mario_grgic (515333) writes "And so it begins, Apple will require that all Mac apps submitted to the Mac App store stick to strict sandboxing requirements. This means you must ask Apple for read or read/write entitlements for additional folders outside your Application Support folder before your app is approved. There are also restrictions on direct hardware access, communication to processes your app did not start, or even something simple as taking a screenshot.
All that is needed after this to turn your Mac into an appliance is to only allow app installations from App Store." Link to Original Source top
Rumor: Apple plans to move laptops from Intel to A
mario_grgic (515333) writes "Appleinsider is running a rumor that Apple is about to switch to ARM CPUs for all their portable computers and even desktops as early as next year. If true this would be quite a change (considering that it took Apple 4 years to switch from PowerPC to Intel) and I wonder what is the likelihood of Apple actually doing something like this. Can ARM actually compete with the Intel desktop performance?
mario_grgic (515333) writes "Finally some good news for Java and OS X. Apple have decided to contribute key parts of their JVM implementation to the OpenJDK project ensuring JDK continues to be available on a Mac." Link to Original Source top
mario_grgic (515333) writes "Apple insider brings a story about expansion and renewal of current "Advertisement in Operating System" patent that Apple's Steve Jobs and other contributors have. The patent describes in detail (with OS X screen shots) how the forced ads would work (they would disable some OS functionality until the ad is viewed), but apparently it also applies to any device with UI including phones, TVs set top boxes etc.
With recent Apple entry into mobile ad business, and ambition to own half of all the mobile ads served in second half of this year, it certainly makes one wonder if Apple would dare and put something like this in its desktop OS. I wonder if this would push more people to open source alternatives?" Link to Original Source top
mario_grgic (515333) writes "Recently announced Google Earth version 5.0 adds interesting new features like images of ocean floors and some detailed images of Mars.But it also brings another unwelcome change for Mac OS X users. Google Software update daemon is installed when the application is launched for the first time. The user is greeted with an uninformative message that does not really explain what is about to happen. After accepting the agreement, Google update agent is downloaded and installed. It updates all Google applications and not just Google earth. Also, it runs on schedule instead only when one of Google applications is launched, consuming system resources. Worst of all it can not be simply removed, since it is downloaded and installed again once Google Earth is launched. Users really have only two choices, live with it, or uninstall all Google apps. So fellow Slashdotters, has Google crossed the line?" top
mario_grgic (515333) writes "According to CNN, Microsoft is beginning the long rumored layoffs after announcing 11% lower than expected earnings. Initially 1400 jobs will be cut, but up to 5000 (5.5% of the workforce) may follow later, saving Microsoft $1.5 billion in operating expenses."