Linked by Thom Holwerda on Tue 5th Jul 2011 22:12 UTC
Microsoft "One of Microsoft's hottest new profit centers is a smartphone platform you've definitely heard of: Android. Google's Linux-based mobile operating system is a favorite target for Microsoft's patent attorneys, who are suing numerous Android vendors and just today announced that another manufacturer has agreed to write checks to Microsoft every time it ships an Android device. Microsoft's latest target is Wistron Corp., which has signed a patent agreement 'that provides broad coverage under Microsoft's patent portfolio for Wistron's tablets, mobile phones, e-readers and other consumer devices running the Android or Chrome platform', Microsoft announced." That's the reality we live in, folks. This is at least as criminal - if not more so - than Microsoft's monopoly abuse late last century. After the Nortel crap, it's completely left the black helicopter camp for me: Microsoft, Apple, and several others are working together to fight Android the only way they know how: with underhand mafia tactics. Absolutely sickening. Hey Anonymous, are you listening? YES I WENT THERE.
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RE[6]: Patents are patents
by pantheraleo on Wed 6th Jul 2011 13:23 UTC in reply to "RE[5]: Patents are patents"
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Ok, don't. It's your choice how you decide to make money, take risks etc.

I can compete with implementation. And I can do it for cheaper than you can because I didn't have to spend the money on R&D to come up with the idea.

Ideas are dime a dozen, implementation is king. If you can't compete with implementation, do something else.

Actually, I'd disagree with that. Coming up with an innovative idea and figuring out whether it is viable or not is probably the hardest part of software development these days. Most ideas fail. And failed ideas end up costing companies a lot of money. That's why if there are no patents, I wait until another company comes up with a good idea that seems to be getting some traction, and then I pounce on it, copy it, and undercut their prices because my R&D costs were much lower.

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