* Posts by Paul Shirley

2024 posts • joined 19 Jun 2009

Review sites commit to address UK regulator's concerns

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new internet skill

Sad that an essential internet skill is knowing how to recognise paid ads everywhere an opinion is given.

Had yet another offer to supply as many fake reviews as I wanted to pay for just yesterday. Don't see how those services will be affected by disclosure requirements they'll simply ignore. At least in the old days you had to actually go to a pub in person with a journalist to buy a good review ;)

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Streetmap's lawyer: Google High Court win will have 'chilling effect’ on UK digital biz

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Re: Best of Breed

The API side is what really killed Streetmap as a viable monetisation strategy. Their big problem was a poor quality service for end users BUT end users were primarily exposed to their product on 3rd party commercial sites. Sites that cant have been pleased to pay more for something that made their sites look worse than Google maps.

Streetmaps planned income didnt depend on incidental search portal visibility and its hard to believe that would have driven business to them given the limited consumer appeal of their product. Any business searching for a mapping service to embed would have seen them, along with their competition. Very hard to claim damage and be taken seriously if you aren't actually competing for the same thing.

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Google wins High Court fight with StreetMap over search results self-pluggery

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Re: Since 2007?

As far as I remember Google captured maps before it started showing up in search results and you had to go to their maps site explicitly. The competitors had a couple of years to improve their products, don't remember any of them doing anything at all, while increasing numbers of us sought out Googles primitive but silky smooth version.

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Sick and tired of modern Windows? Upgrade to Windows 3.1 today – in your web browser

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in&out fast as possible

I remember that festering POS and the daily chore of firing it up every time I needed 1 specific tool, then trying to finish and exit back to DOS before it crashed and trashed anything. Every other tool worked better in any other DOS extender ;)

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Andreessen stokes the Facebook Free Basics ‘colonialism’ row

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Re: perhaps

Andrew is right about one thing, large chunks of the Indian state aren't working for the ordinary and poor people. They aren't necessarily a better gatekeeper than Facebook. That doesn't make Facebook any less creepy or untrustworthy.

Pure (ish) net neutrality potentially offers a way around that lack of trust, creating a much reduced attack surface to abuse. That's why Facebook's scheme has to die in its current form.

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Can we assume Andrew now thinks Google giving away search, email, storage, Android and so many other freebies was a good thing? That he was wrong to complain about market distortion, people as the product and so much else? Or maybe agree the benefits outweigh the problems for many, many people?

Or does he just believe Facebook are nice guys with nothing but good intentions we can trust as unregulated gatekeepers to the worlds poor?

When choosing between shades of gray, FbGray is rarely the correct one.

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Microsoft quits giving us the silent treatment on Windows 10 updates

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Re: Winning back trust

It's not theirs if i completely replace it with my handcrafted version. Microsoft didn't invent the host file.

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SCO's last arguments in 'Who owns Linux?' case vs. IBM knocked out

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Re: Tortious interference claims ..

It's quite amazing how often SCO lied during the case, how inconsistent the lies were and how no court did anything about it. In fairness most of the case was fought with PR lies outside the courts but at heart the entire affair was high level blackmail and the legal system failed everyone but the blackmailers.

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Don't touch that PDF or webpage until your Windows PC is patched

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STOP STEALING MY SETTINGS!

Yet again the cnuts at ms took the opportunity to hijack my file associations and punt them back at Microsoft's own useless apps. Even more annoying this time after finally getting sound to work 99% correctly with my ancient AV system over optical. STOP STEALING MY SETTINGS!

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Why does the VR industry think 2016 is its year? It's the hardware, stupid

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Re: All I want from VR

Facebook is extremely likely to do something like that with Occulus, it's a better option for exposing you to their core product than gaming.

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Canonical reckons Android phone-makers will switch to Ubuntu

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“Five years ago people said, why do you need another Linux distro?"

...and we pointed at Ubuntu and it's eagerness to dumb down in the name of convergence or pimp local search traffic to the highest bidder...

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Amazon UK boss is 'most powerful' man in food and drink

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Re: If their US Pantry

I stick to bulk ordering long life stuff through Amazon, sacks of flour, pulses, rice etc. That's almost everything we used to need supermarkets for and massively cheaper. Almost everything else is cheaper at our local farm shop or the market and ready to eat today, not in a couple of weeks or likely to rot before ever ripening supermarket style.

The surprisingly large proportion of people that think the big supermarkets are actually cheap are a tempting target for Amazon because loss leaders aside, it will be trivially easy to crush them on both pricing and choice. For the few of us that live happily with minimal exposure to anything beyond Aldi, don't see any change coming we didn't already buy into, we're reverting to buying from the best supplier for each product, not the hell of the supermarket shopping expedition.

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Are Indians too stupid to be trusted with free Internet?

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meanwhile "wealthy white reactionists"

...loudly claim Indians can't decide their own future, deal with wealthy white activists or spot which of them might be telling porkies...

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SCO slapped in latest round of eternal 'Who owns UNIX?' lawsuit

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Re: How many conclusions

" I guess he can't backtrack on the rest of the litigation's chances."

You forget SCO and their lawyers were caught telling different courts contradictory things. Sadly not caught by the courts though :(

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Re: Wasted talent

They bought into a bigger cut of the bazillions in a sure fire case, can't remember how they were paying for it. About 6 months later they noticed the impropriety of being parties to the case was being discussed too much in public and bought their way out of the deal with a fixed fee cap - $30mil+external costs to finish the case. I doubt BS&F were aware how dodgy the case was till they were firmly stuck with it.

The case isn't finished, the money's long gone and they're still compelled to follow SCO's bidding, regardless of it's sanity. BS&F are believed to have burnt through the fixed fee before the case even went to trial.

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That's cute, Germany – China shows the world how fusion is done

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Re: I Wonder....

We don't live in a deep enough gravity well to confine the atmosphere enough to sustain fusion. The rest of the planet is waste material from stellar explosions and massively harder to ignite. The iron won't fuse at any temperature. Pretty safe from a runaway reactor...

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NOTHING trumps extra pizza on IT projects. Not even more people

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Re: Teams that "can be fed with two pizzas"

And what happened to the draw full of takeaway menus and picking one at random? If you're stuck in the office at least go curry, with a side order of Chinese. Although my local does do a firey curry pizza...

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evangelism

DevOps is sounding more like religion with every self promotional article I see.

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Windows 10 will now automatically download and install on PCs

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According to the MS shilling scripts there are too few Linux users to notice if they complain!

When MS screw over their 'lots of users' they can't complain about the scale of the response... yet the weasels do, while ignoring the content of the complaints. When Canonical screw over that negligible (it's in the MS shilling pack so it must be true) Ubuntu user base, they get lots of complaints and eventually back down.

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Re: Is the End Nigh?

2:1 odds they'll "accidentaly" forget to turn off the forced upgrades but remember to demand a credit card payment to get past the boot menu.

Then they'll do what we all expect and extend the free upgrade offer before the law catches up with them bricking machines with win10 ransomware ;)

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Microsoft started actively blocking then resetting those keys months ago. Friends of Win10 never seen to notice the sleazy tricks though.

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The Windows update servers are riddled with bad drivers, it's no surprise so many upgrades fail. They don't seem to even test 64bit support on systems with 4Gb or more ram. Only 1 driver they installed caused instant kernel panics but that hardware is still unusable in win10. Just got lucky it doesn't crash till you try using it or I'd have had an unbootable pc to diagnose.

And they've been auto selecting the win10 upgrade for months...

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UK concerned over EU law plans on trade of data for digital content

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off topic: straight fruit&veg

The fun thing about straight <insert fruit or veg here> standards is most originated in the UK, the home of unnatural and stupid restrictions and were imposed on the rest of Europe as 'class A' when food classes were harmonised. The rest of Europe promptly ignored them unless they were sending defective crops (AKA straight ones) to the UK!

As usual the UK is wrong on this one.

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Rooting your Android phone? Google’s rumbled you again

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Re: No problem here

Yes, there's less ongoing need to have root BUT you still need to yank out all the crapware shipped with devices. Luckily unrooting is easy, so root, do the 1 off fixes, unroot, carry on as normal.

Personally I value having regular scheduled backups more than payment apps I never intend to use, too many app updates break them and reverting isn't an unrooted option.

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'International tax' needs reform. Google's chicken bill makes me chuckle – comms guy

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It''s only a 'sweetheart deal' iff they're paying substantially less than a court would force them to. Start by showing the workings where multinationals are breaking the law.

Since no one actually believes there's any law being broken we're left with moral outrage (and in the case of politicians there's precious little morality involved) but corporate entities don't really feel shame and shareholders are free to sue them if they act on it.

I'm morally outraged that yet again politicians would rather froth & foam about a broken system their predecessors created rather than actually fix their own mistakes. It's always someone else's responsibility when politicians and gov screw up.

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T-Mobile USA’s BingeOn is a smash hit. So what now?

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unfair hybrid charging

Of course "the people" jump on board free stuff. They always do and rarely consider the implications.

What this firmly establishes is the networks are grossly overcharging for data. Net neutrality means all data is the same, zero rated video means average prices are massively lower for some users than others.

I can accept flat rate pricing (with some conditions to make it fairer), I can grit my teeth and accept non discriminatory fixed rates for raw pipes. This hybrid crap is worse than both, unfair and removing any competitive pressure to just charge a fair profit margin equally across users.

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OnePlus ends rationing. You can now buy its phones just like that!

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It's worse than that, when they finally offered me the chance to buy one last year, there was an 8 week delivery time! Had a shiny new LG G2 delivered 3 days later.

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Re: Ahem.

In an early interview they stated they would spend 2 years building a reputation and fan base, then switch to a more commercial mode. So about right on the 2 years, not so right on the fan base and their reputation is going to take a lot of repairing.

A thinly disguised brand of Oppo that had little problem with making no money for a couple of years but that investment is looking pretty wasted to me.

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'Unikernels will send us back to the DOS era' – DTrace guru Bryan Cantrill speaks out

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Re: I've used non isolated OS before and mistakes bite hard

Even worse is when they just spray memory but don't crash. You might not even realise your data is corrupt for a very long time and finding those bugs a nightmare.

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Re: Hypervisors aren't inherently safe

""defence in depth" for Important Stuff"

Provided you remember to defend against the inevitable misjudgement of what is "Important Stuff" every time a dev builds something, repurposes something else or otherwise cocks up.

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'No safe level' booze guidelines? Nonsense, thunder stats profs

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The "actual evidence on second hand smoking" that indirectly forced the pub smoking ban was staff blood tests regularly finding high enough levels of CO to threaten health. Doesnt matter if most exposure just leaves you stinking of smoke, some of it has more serious effects.

The pub trade got lucky, they were on the brink of a flood of lawsuits when the ban preempted the issue.

Most pub users I've talked to approve the ban anyway, including the smokers, who can still appreciate better air quality. Just a pity it took health scares to force action. Politicians and business don't have the balls to ban offensive practice's, they always need some health excuse to hide behind.

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Re: "guidelines don’t accurately reflect the numbers"

"two of those three have been responsible for more deaths and suffering"

Drinking beer instead of unsterilised water has saved countless lives for at least 7000 years so far.

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what they hoped no one noticed

I particularly enjoyed the meta-study they loudly claimed shows no statistically significant benefit to moderate drinking. The way they hoped no one would notice it also shows no statistically significant harm from moderate drinking!

They also hoped we wouldn't notice they say nothing about life expectancy, only cause of death. Long life gives cancer more chance to kill you, seems drinkers live long enough for that to replace some heart and stroke deaths.

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West Virginia mulls mother of all muni networks – effectively a state-wide, state-run ISP

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Re: Commie or common sense?

... And the nationalised railways stood out as the only one of them that cared for it's customers in any meaningful way, except it was the employees on the ground doing the caring because their jobs would be hell otherwise, not management or gov policy.

There are reasons to prefer nationalised industries (if run by competent staff instead of the idiots gov keep choosing) but caring about customers has rarely been an objective.

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IRS 'inadvertently' wiped hard drive Microsoft demanded in audit row

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Re: oh. him.

Sorry Lars, his firm lost 10's millions on the SCO affair.

Early in the case they bought into the scam to increase their take, later when it started falling apart they bought their way out of that by accepting a fixed fee cap to complete the case. The case isn't finished and costs exceeded the fee cap before it even reached trial.

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Re: oh. him.

Seeing the name my first thought was this was probably deliberate spoiliation. Hard to forget the dirt tricks in the sco case he lost so badly. Hope it goes as well for Boies this time.

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Is that light at the end of AMD's dark tunnel, or God sparking up a cig?

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Re: the art of zen

The problem is 40% brings them near to where Intel started 2015, won't take long for Intel to pull away again. So AMD are still relying on higher core counts and most uses/users still don't benefit from that.

I have a suitable workflow with Visual C++ and massive compile jobs keeping all cores at 100%. My 8 core FX8370 OC'd to 4.5Ghz on all cores is still 10-20% slower than the stock mid range Intel quad cores others in the team are using.

I also won't be surprised if the 40% IPC hike is rather less for single thread performance, AMD are still trying to correct the performance problems their module architecture brought.

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Facebook Messenger: All your numbers are belong to us

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Re: Standards

So time to get behind extending XMPP?

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Twitter goes titsup

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mostly working here

Only thing I noticed was some (not all) photos were blank, tweets arrived between 8&9am, feels like a few less than normal since then but planning tomorrow nights drinking unaffected so far ;)

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AMD accuses Intel of VW-like results fudging

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were the Zen benchmarks that disappointing?

Zen is due and AMD bring this up again? I wonder just how poorly the benchmarks came out.

If anyone needed reminding Zen is pure catchup (and not even expected to quite catch Intel) this is probably the proof, suddenly they have a desperate need to get compiler support parity to make Zen look OKish.

It's sad, looks like they've blown the high end completely. A new socket design means no cheap upgrade for us AMD fans and the cost of switching to Intel is suddenly easier to accept.

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Re: It's not just AMD saying there's a problem.

ksb1972 " I thought most people used something like Visual Studio to write Windows programs?"

Yes, but VC++ and presumably other MS compilers are always far behind in feature support. Want to use the half<->real SSE support in recent processors? Till this year only the XBox1 VC compiler supported them and even then you have to do it manually with your own feature detection. The Intel compiler does it all for you, at the cost of deliberately favouring Intel. I'm sure AMD would do the same given the chance. And it's wrong whoever does it.

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Microsoft herds biz users to Windows 10 by denying support for Win 7 and 8 on new CPUs

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"Intel will just release 2 versions of their new CPU range"

? Looks more like the plan is to provide no driver or other software support for new silicon except for Win10. Which is basically no change from today, the CPU keeps working, just never notices new features.

They'll get away with neglecting legacy Windows to death. Apply it to Linux,BSD etc. and even the US regulators will reconsider breaking up Microsoft, then fining the parts till they can't afford to fsck with the market.

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No escape: Microsoft injects 'Get Windows 10' nagware into biz PCs

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Re: This is a stupid move by M$

I'd quite like them to remember I paid for the Win8 copy it installed over, that had many years of support expected and expect them to treat Win8.2 as a fully paid for product. It's not a freebie.

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Re: Linux, Linux, Linux, Linux,

I revert Windows to an earlier state by restoring a drive image. Did you think it only works for Linux?

Of course thanks to the size of a Windows install, the bloat it accumulates and Microsoft's astonishing insistence on installing dev tools only on the system drive that now takes 50+ minutes. Also on the rare times I've had to blow away a Linux install, the user data and settings are still there afterwards because they didn't idiotically store them in the system drive like windows does.

So despite using the same imaging technique Linux does it better and faster!

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Stephen Hawking reckons he's cracked the black hole paradox

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Re: information conservation

"one and only one solution at a future specified time"

If you remove state that can only reduce the future outcomes. If that removal is deterministic then the future state is also predictable.

Yes, that breaks computing past states from today but our observed reality appears to have a preferred time direction, no one really knows why and we know the theories and math are incomplete.

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information conservation

If we can "see and manipulate" quantum fluctuations information is being (potentially randomly) injected into our universe continuously. So why do we assume it's being conserved? More precisely why do we assume it's being conserved in our view of reality?

Seems more likely we simply can't see enough of reality to understand what's happening yet.

I also question why losing information would affect determinism. If the loss process is deterministic it becomes a simpler but still deterministic ensemble, if random then we never had determinism.

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Microsoft’s Get Windows 10 nagware shows signs of sentience

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And to seal the deal Windows is capable of setting permissions even admin can't override. If they aren't already using that in windows update it's just a matter of time. Luckily Linux seems not to honour that crappery on files but removing Microsoft malware from the registry can be a problem.

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Mozilla tells Persona single sign-on to singularly sign off

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Re: Sign in using facebook

I signed up to the "I'm going to lie, lie, lie, semi consistently so I can remember the lies" policy. Lots of businesses think they know a lot about a fictional character I play on the net.

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Windows 10 makes big gains at home, lags at work

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Re: Why keep reporting these stats

In my 'bubble' of home users most seem to have moved to Android or ios for daily use and their PC's are gathering dust between the rare uses. The students have MacBooks and iPads.

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Was Android moving to OpenJDK really a Google gift to devs?

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Re: oracle constrained by the GPL

The point is they can only dual licence the parts they own copyright to and they cannot revoke gpl licencing except for individual cases of infringing the gpl.

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