February 5th, 2004

bish, smile

java.util.Collection of interesting things.

A parody that basically hits my feeling on current Intellectual Property law was posted today on Groklaw.

Sun has released Java 1.5.0 beta 1. Shiny. Has lots of useful features for programmers which should result in better written programs for users. ^_^ Sun's Java 1.5 page is here. Unfortunitly, as a Mac user, I can't play with it. Apple really should just merge their version of java back into the mainline so that development on the two versions is simultaneously. Waiting months to get the next point release of java is... irritating at best.

A judge dealing with the RIAA recently told them to stop calling file-sharing "piracy", which is nice.
You can use these harsh terms, but you are dealing with something new, and the question is, does the statutory monopoly that Congress has given you reach out to that something new. And that's a very debatable question. You don't solve it by calling it 'theft.' You have to show why this court should extend a statutory monopoly to cover the new thing.
Again, found this in a Groklaw article. That same article talks about a rather nasty BBC article (weren't they known for good reporting not all that long ago?) about the MyDoom virus. *sighs* "There seems little doubt that SCO was targeted - illegally and unacceptably, lest anyone be in any doubt - because it has enraged many people devoted to the Linux operating system" ... Right. Actually, there appears to be little doubt that that thing was sent out by Russian spammers who want to use it to send out more ads for Ch3ap Vi- agria.

And, finally, yet another Groklaw article about spam and the spamming spammers who spam them. Ummmm... okay, that didn't work as well as I thought. It's basically a debate about whether it's legal and/or moral to do things like post spammers phone numbers online. Apparently Darl McBride's (CEO of The SCO Group) number was posted on /. and people decided it would be amusing to DDoS his phone during the superbowl... *sighs* Read more about it in the article.

OK, really, this will be the last bit. Groklaw is a blog run by a para-legal with in-depth analysis (including legal research at times) of the antics of The SCO Group. If you haven't heard about the SCO Group, they're attempting to make it illegal to use Linux, basically. But instead of having proof, they're just trying to bully everyone into doing what they want people to do. ~.~ Dumb companies. And it's so hard to stop them.
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