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Google Backs Out of JavaOne

mmacdona86 Google built VM allegedly infring'g Oracle patents (344 comments)

That's the whole case. There's no Java license or trademark involved.

Two enormous differences with the Sun/Microsoft case: 1-- Everything Google built for Android is open-sourced; 2-- No Java license is involved

Google built a VM called Dalvik. Like the Java and .Net VM's, it can run code written in a number of languages, including the Java language. That patents at issue are not related specifically to the Java language, but they do cover common techniques in VM implementation, and if upheld could threaten other VM implementations.

more than 3 years ago
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IBM Takes a (Feline) Step Toward Thinking Machines

mmacdona86 Re:Has some biological properties (428 comments)

I meant to say "the actual paper" instead of TFA. You can't tell anything from the article linked.

more than 4 years ago
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IBM Takes a (Feline) Step Toward Thinking Machines

mmacdona86 Has some biological properties (428 comments)

Reading the TFA, it looks like they went to some trouble to model some specific brain structures and synapse properties, including inter-area connectivity and learning, in the model. So it's not "Just a big neural net." However the accuracy of the simulation is limited--both by what we know about the detailed structure of the cat's brain and by the number and complexity of the structures they decided to model.

more than 4 years ago
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Motorola Introduces Android Phones, Social Software

mmacdona86 Re:Get these on Verizon!!! (195 comments)

Unfortunately, Google's mission "Don't be evil" fundamentally conflicts with Verizon's "Be evil".

more than 4 years ago
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Apple Open Sources Grand Central Dispatch

mmacdona86 Exactly like vendor lock-in (342 comments)

A non-standard compiler extension that is guaranteed to be supported by the vendor's compilers is pretty much the definition of vendor lock-in, even if the implementation is open-sourced. If other compiler vendors don't pick it up (and they won't with a standards-based alternative) all code that uses it becomes tied to the vendor.

more than 4 years ago
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Tools For Understanding Code?

mmacdona86 Browse-by-Query (383 comments)

I'll plug my own open-source project for this:
Browse-by-Query-- it won't help with C/C++(sorry for the original questioner), but it will handle Java or C#.
It dumps the code into a database and lets you query it to find the relationships.
I'm biased, of course, but I've found it's just the thing to understand how a particular piece of functionality in an unfamiliar code base fits into the big picture.

more than 6 years ago

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