Sources: Oracle releases Java evangelists

According to reports on Twitter and Reddit, Oracle has released its staff of Java evangelists — mere weeks before the company’s annual JavaOne conference promoting the enterprise software development technology.

Oracle did not respond to requests for comments on Friday morning. But a tweet this morning attributed to kcpeppe, Java performance tuning specialists, cited the loss of the evangelists: “Unsettling event at Oracle. All of the Java evangelists have been let go. Sad this happened to a great dedicated enthusiastic group.” The issue was also discussed in a Reddit thread, which cited the report as unconfirmed.

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IDG Contributor Network: Toyota is going to help us all drive much faster by 2020

I’ve followed the autonomous car market for the past decade, and there’s one troubling problem. If you have ever driven in a car that drives itself, you know the car can be tentative — and really slow. I remember how someone told me once that, when they went for a drive in a Toyota Prius as part of the Google autonomous car experiment, the car drove like his grandmother.

Interestingly enough, Toyota just spilled the beans about a new intelligent car program they are working on in conjunction with Stanford and MIT that’s designed to help humans drive better. They are kicking in a whopping $50M to fund the efforts. Gill Pratt, a roboticist who worked at DARPA, will head the program. One of the goals is to make a car that cannot get in an accident, according to the news reports. It’s a departure from the autonomous car model where you take your hands off the wheel and let a computer drive; instead, it’s a technology to augment driving and to protect you.

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