☞ Exits and Endings

[An expanded version of this posting can be found on ComputerWorldUK] Mike Shapiro Leaves Oracle Another of the key Solaris guys quits. A key figure in the development the ZFS storage appliance as well as of DTrace in Solaris kernel engineering, Mike was also the guy that shut down OpenSolaris for Oracle. I’m not sure […]

☞ Shake-out

Apple Deprecates Java Apple has finally lost patience with Java and tossed it from the Mac. The update that just happened is the last they’ll bring out, and OS X Lion won’t include Java support.  It’s been an off-and-on relationship for quite some time, rescued by 1:1 contacts each time the end has been threatened. […]

☞ Who Will Watch The Watchmen?

Every email and website to be stored “Every email, phone call and website visit is to be recorded and stored after the Coalition Government revived controversial Big Brother snooping plans.” Despite promises from both the Conservatives and the Lib-Dems during the election to end the surveillance state, the crazy, abusive idea of making ISPs keep […]

☞ Gaming The System

When a company asks for your copyright “When a company says which of these conditions it will accept, that will show you how far it plans to depart from the principles of free software.” An interesting discussion by Richard Stallman that indicates he is still willing to tolerate copyright aggregation by corporations. The fact is […]

☞ Plus ça change

Sender ID Finds Followers Ahead of Approval If anyone has forgotten why RAND and RAND-Z terms are a defect awaiting exploitation to undermine software freedoms, this article – from 2005 – ought to jog your memory. Have you checked the Java? You can tell the world has changed when there's a malware alert about a […]

☞ Monday Links

Split JCP: a compromise proposal Stephen Colebourne articulates what I am sure has been on many people’s minds – that it’s time for an independent JCP, and that the only way Oracle would tolerate such a thing would be to remove core Java from the JCP. This is the start of a great proposal and […]

☞ Monopolies and patents

EU to push patent-free eGovernment The European Interoperability Framework (EIF) is still in play, and despite attempts by companies like Microsoft to "own" interoperability and neuter it to become a concept defining a preference for proprietary monocultures, there is still a chance the EU will enact procurement legislation that attacks their de facto monopoly and […]