Oracle Appeals Google’s Java Win. What’s next for Dalvik?

Larry Ellison points finger at Larry Page. Shakes it. Offers cookie. Redundantly.

This week, Oracle appealed Google’s win at the patent trial over the Java application programming interface (API) being used in the Android operating system.

In a new document published this week (PDF), Oracle’s lawyers start by introducing a character called Ann Droid. And then tell a story about Ann ripping off Harry Potter: The Order of the Phoenix. Quite strange, but hilarious to think of a serious legal department putting this into such an important document:

 

Ann Droid wants to publish a bestseller. So she sits down with an advance copy of Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix—the fifth book—and proceeds to transcribe.

She verbatim copies all the chapter titles—from Chapter 1 (“Dudley Demented”) to Chapter 38 (“The Second War Begins”). She copies verbatim the topic sentences of each paragraph, starting from the first (highly descriptive) one and continuing, in order, to the last, simple one (“Harry nodded.”). She then paraphrases the rest of each paragraph. She rushes the competing version to press before the original under the title: Ann Droid’s Harry Potter 5.0. The knockoff flies off the shelves. J.K. Rowling sues for copyright infringement.

Ann’s defenses: “But I wrote most of the words from scratch. Besides, this was fair use, because I copied only the portions necessary to tap into the Harry Potter fan base.”

Obviously, the defenses would fail.

Defendant Google Inc. has copied a blockbuster literary work just as surely, and as improperly, as Ann Droid—and has offered the same defenses.

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Google Glass Steals the Show at IO ’12

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“I’m not staring into space, I’m watching porn. At the GAP. In the linen trousers section.”

Today, Google’s annual IO developers conference kicked off at the Moscone Center in San Francisco. During a talk by patronising Google+ Chief, Vic Gundotra, Google co-founder, Sergey Brin thankfully interrupted wearing one of the pairs of “Google Glass” glasses we’ve seen him and vocally-impaired other-co-founder, Larry Page, sporting lately.One commenter rather epically said, “Coming soon… Applie iPatch?”

I’ve never used Hangouts before, in fact, I’m not much of a Google+ fan (because nobody I know is either), but I can definitely see the appeal of them with technology like Glass out there… Is this a geek-fashion trend for the future?

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