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Java 9’s AOT compiler: Use at your own risk

With the impending arrival of Java SE (Standard Edition) 9 this summer, developers will get more than modularity, which has been the most highly touted feature of the upgrade.

They'll also get an experimental implementation of AOT (ahead-of-time) compilation, which is intended to improve application startup times with limited impact on peak performance.Java ME (Micro Edition) has long supported AOT, but Java SE has not—a decision that Java's former owner, Sun Microsystems, made many years ago.[ Download InfoWorld's essential guide to microservices and learn how to create modern web and mobile applications that scale. | Cut to the key news in technology trends and IT breakthroughs with the InfoWorld Daily newsletter, our summary of the top tech happenings. ]Like Java 9's new modularity, AOT is drawing some mixed reviews from developers.To read this article in full or to leave a comment, please click here

Toyota is testing heavy-duty hydrogen trucks at the Port of Long...

For use in short-haul routes, full testing begins this summer.

Original StarCraft is finally free-as-in-beer after delayed patch

Version 1.18 now live for Windows and Mac, will be compatible with summer remaster.

35% off Universal Waterproof Dry Phone Bag for Devices, 3-Pack –...

Bring your phone and use it when you go swimming in the summer or skiing in the winter.  This waterproof bag (3-pack), currently discounted by 35% on Amazon from $19.99 down to just $12.99.  Great for using during outdoor activities including boating and swimming. It's flexible clear waterproof bag allows you to use your smartphone while keeping it safe and secure in the bag. They are IPX8 Certificated: Fully submersible and waterproof, it is designed for extreme condition. For more information and buying options, see the discounted waterproof bag on Amazon.To read this article in full or to leave a comment, please click here

Blue Origin has built three new rockets, may begin flying again...

Bezos is investing about $1 billion a year to support his big space ambitions.

North Korea tests missile in what may be step toward mobile...

Next up appears to be another nuclear test.

Yahoo+AOL = Oath? LOL OMG WTF

And you though Altaba and Tronc were bad…

It’s official: Destiny 2 is coming to the PC

Sequel players will have to abandon progress from the first MMO.

Congress has sold off your privacy—and U.S. security

If you’ve read my blog over the past decade, you probably noticed that I stopped writing it last summer. After 12 years, I took a break that has extended longer than anticipated while I engaged in other stuff.But recent events have pulled me back into the fray. I’m talking about the passing of S.J. Res. 34, which reverses the FCC privacy rules for ISPs.[ Read 'em and weep: 5 ways your ISP is screwing you. | 5 more ways your ISP is screwing you. | Cut to the key news in technology trends and IT breakthroughs with the InfoWorld Daily newsletter, our summary of the top tech happenings. ]Those rules were instituted very recently by the FCC under President Obama but are now poised to be scuttled completely by the Republicans. The only remaining step is a signature from the President, which will certainly come.To read this article in full or to leave a comment, please click here

Nuclear giant Westinghouse files for bankruptcy after costs skyrocketed

Capital-intensive reactors in the US are $1 billion to $1.3 billion over budget.

Samsung plans to refurbish, resell some Note 7 phones that didn’t...

Don’t be alarmed if you happen to see someone using a Galaxy Note 7 over the summer.

Ahead of this week’s Galaxy S8 unveiling, Samsung has announced a three-point program for recycling of its failed phablets, and some of them will eventually make their way back into consumers’ hands.The press release doesn’t specify how many of the phones will be returned to the wild, but Samsung confirms it will be using some returned devices as “refurbished phones or rental phones.” Samsung offers a leasing program that lets you upgrade to a new device after a year of payments, but Samsung doesn’t say whether it would be selling refurbished Note 7 phones to these customers.To read this article in full or to leave a comment, please click here

StarCraft remaster unveiled, and original SD version becomes free-as-in-beer

Original version's patch to 1.18 will make it free; remastered gameplay revealed.