Linked by Thom Holwerda on Thu 28th Oct 2010 18:02 UTC, submitted by viator
Legal If you can't compete, litigate. This train of thought has been quite prevalent among major technology companies as of late, most notably by Apple and Microsoft, who both cannot compete with Android on merit, so they have to resort to patent lawsuits and FUD. Both Asustek and Acer have revealed that Microsoft plans to impose royalty fees upon the two Taiwanese hardware makers to prevent them from shipping Android and/or Chrome OS devices.
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RE[4]: Threatened
by lemur2 on Thu 28th Oct 2010 23:30 UTC in reply to "RE[3]: Threatened"
lemur2
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"The FAT filesystem itself is an IBM invention, BTW.
No it is not. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File_Allocation_Table#History "

My bad. I thought it was from CP/M (certainly CP/M had floppy disks):
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/CP/M#Disk_formats

But apparently only the essential ideas of floppy-disk filesystems came from there, and not the formal filesystem itself.
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/CP/M#MS-DOS_takes_over

Mea culpa.

Nevertheless, Microsoft's current patents do not cover the FAT filesystem per se. This stuff came into being circa 1980, and any patents that may have been contemplated at that time will have long expired by now.

That I suppose is the main point to hang on to.

Edited 2010-10-28 23:32 UTC

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