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SSO. You just can't get around that, no matter what you do. | 388 comments | Create New Account
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SSO. You just can't get around that, no matter what you do.
Authored by: Gringo_ on Sunday, May 06 2012 @ 12:02 PM EDT

I respectfully disagree with your respectful disagreement...

Exactly how would you get around it? There was an inspired discussion on this under the previous article under "Oracle shoots itself in the foot". At some point down in the nest of comments an anon came up with an inspired idea, thinking outside the box. He suggested...

you could write the translator program in Java (with a Java license). The data produced with the non- standard SSO class name paths would be the creative work of the author (not Oracle), would not have the Java SSO naming convention in it at all, and could be distributed to billions of Android devices without Oracle being able to assert copyright on it.

I have to admit that might work, however let us imagine this translator in use. The Android developer writes his source code employing Java SE and the Android SDK as usual, then compiles his code plus resources down to a .pak file with the .class files. Now when the user goes to use an app, that app is loaded into memory, and a JIT dex compiler translates the .class files into dex ops, with the help of Harmony. Now on my Android phone, this happens so fast it seems to me the app starts immediately, but what if we had to insert the translator into the process? It would consume a huge amount of memory, and it would take time. I think it would be impractical.

If it is impractical, then we can continue to state "Google could not translate the names and SSO of the API and still have the same functionality", but considering this does somewhat invalidate my arguments above, where I am saying it is not possible at all. However, this idea depends on the notion that we can get around copyright issues with this translator written in Java, and it would be an unique solution to Android only, and not help us with the fear of APIs in gneral suddenly becoming copyrightable.

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SSO. You just can't get around that, no matter what you do.
Authored by: Anonymous on Sunday, May 06 2012 @ 01:06 PM EDT

Well, that dorsn't enlighten us much. Are you suggesting that simply renaming is going to somehow change the "SSO"? Remember, everyone has already agreed the names themselves are not protectable.

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  • fail on my part - Authored by: Anonymous on Sunday, May 06 2012 @ 02:53 PM EDT
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