08/21/2010

Thus spoke the Oracle

Posted by – August 21, 2010

The biggest news in IT happened a couple of weeks ago, when Oracle filed a lawsuit against Google (reddit discussion), in which it claims that:

“Google knowingly, directly and repeatedly infringed Oracle’s Java-related intellectual property. Android (including without limitation the Dalvik VM and the Android software development kit) and devices that operate Android infringe one or more claims of each of United States Patents Nos. 6,125,447; 6,192,476; 5,966,702; 7,426,720; RE38,104; 6,910,205; and 6,061,520″

The lawsuit reminds of the early Java war between Microsoft and Sun Microsystems (technical details): eventually Microsoft and Sun settled on an amount of 20 million dollars and the promise to phase out all Microsoft products that used Microsoft’s Java Virtual Machine.

The most interesting point made during the outrage the last couple of weeks was Miguel de Icaza’s comments on Oracles lawsuit (reddit discussion), which is extremely hilarious but points out good points: Google’s Dalvik engine already marked that discussions between Google and Sun re: Java ME had run on the rocks and that at that stage, Google should have known about any upcoming Java patent lawsuit. Additionally, it also looks the former CEO of Sun specifically pitched the Java patents (“Sue Google” to possible suitors. Icaza further speculates:

Google could settle current damages with Oracle, and switch to the better designed, more pleasant to use, and more open .NET platform.

And that would be extremely ironic. The main question is: If Android is so important to Google, why didn’t it pick up Java by buying Sun while it could do so? At this stage it almost looks like that .Net/Mono is a safer platform than Java (which is something that Icaza has been claiming since, well, ever).

01/19/2008

Lyperhinks

Posted by – January 19, 2008

There were some considerable announcements made this week and last week:

First of all, there was a buzz on the Postgres list that Sun was going to buy up MySQL. The official announcement at MySQL mentions that it went over the counter for the price of 1 billion US dollars. And then, at the same time, I was thinking of the US president’s last ditch effort to kickstart the troubling US economy.

Apple had some news too: they announced the newest MacBook Air, which they claim is the thinnest laptop ever made. Uh, notebook. Or whatever the current fashionable name is for ‘compact computer’. The announcement eventually had me end up at this comic, which explains how the MacBook Air can save the world.

Via Burningbird, I found out that the US’s Library of Congress has a blog, plus, that they are working together with Flickr to bring pictures and photos to the public domain (let me rephrase this cautiously: they’re going to publish pictures with no known copyrights restrictions). For now ‘only’ 3,000 pictures have been made available, more may come in the future. This is good news for hard-drive manufacturers!