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[7]: Threatened
by vodoomoth on Fri 29th Oct 2010 07:56 UTC in reply to "RE[6]: Threatened"
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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.

Which is absolutely insane to the point that I wonder how the people whose job gives them some power (judges, governing bodies, governments, etc.) have let that happen.

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