Wednesday, January 24, 2007

Privacy Leakage Patent

Identity data-mining disturbs me. What disturbs me even more is that you can patent a technique for, say, guessing someone's age based on their purchasing habits (which is what Amazon has succeeded in doing).

Evil, evil, evil.

Thursday, January 11, 2007


It turns out JDK 6 comes with a JavaScript console facility so that you can play with Rhino interactively from a command line. Look for a file called jrunscript.exe in your JDK's /bin directory.

A pretty good article on Java/JavaScript integration in Java 6 can be found on the Sun Developer Network site right here.

Wednesday, January 03, 2007 Dev Hurdles

Over the holidays I decided to wade into the murky waters of OpenOffice development. I was quickly up to my neck in mud.

It turns out I'm not the only one. Key OOo insiders are acutely aware that the barriers to participation in OOo development are way too high (keeping community participation in OOo development way too low).

It's not just that finding all the code is hard or that the C++ codebase is around 7 million lines of code. It's that a full compile-and-build of OOo takes 15 hours on a typical desktop PC. If you can get it to build at all.

Some of the entry-barrier issues are more fully discussed in Jens Heiner Rechtien's 31 Dec 2006 blog.