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[20 Nov 2006 | Comments Off on Universal just doesn’t get it! | ]

I just read that Universal Music is suing MySpace.com over copyright violation, saying that MySpace encourages its users to illegally distribute copyrighted materials. Universal is arguing that:
“Our music and videos play a key role in building the communities that have created hundreds of millions of dollars of value for the owners of MySpace,” the company said in a statement. “Our goal is not to inhibit the creation of these communities, but to ensure that our rights and those of our artists are recognized.”
Yes, and MySpace, through its “copyright violation” has …

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[19 Nov 2006 | 4 Comments | ]

Since Java adopted annotations, I’ve heard a lot of discussion around whether to prefer annotations over external configuration files (often XML) and vice versa.
I think the decision boils down to two criteria:
1) Can annotations simplify the metadata?2) Can changes to the metadata break behavior in your application?
If annotations do not reduce the amount of metadata that you have to provide (in most cases they do), then you shouldn’t use annotation.
I think the more important thing to considered is whether a configuration change could break behavior or not. If not, then …