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[6]: Threatened
by lemur2 on Fri 29th Oct 2010 03:10 UTC in reply to "RE[5]: Threatened"
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Digital Still Cameras typically avoid this patent by not writing long filenames.


USB flash media devices, SD cards and the like generally avoid this patent by virtue of the fact that they don't (in and of themselves) write to the filesystem. They are generally "block devices".

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Device_file#Block_devices

It is the way that the OS organises the blocks of storage on such a device that constitutes what is known as a filesystem.

Even if a new USB flash media device that you purchase comes formatted as FAT32 and it has some files on it, and even if those files have long filenames, then as long as the files were written on to the flash media by a Windows machine then the flash media device itself has not violated the patent.

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