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[5]: Patents are patents
by danger_nakamura on Thu 7th Jul 2011 05:08 UTC in reply to "RE[4]: Patents are patents"
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You think that NO ONE will come up with ideas if there is no mafiaesque system of protection in place for their ideas? NO ONE will write ANY software? The entire free software movement seems to give the lie to this idea.

There is no "right" to profit from an endeavor. The question of patents (and of copyright for that matter) was predicated on the idea that society would benefit. Software patents don't seem to meet this bargain. It seems that, if anything, software developers are crippled by patents because obvious and enivitable code solutions are artificially blocked by some prick that stood on line at the patent office first.

I will use myself as an example... I have a lot of ideas for software that I would LOVE to bring to market. Software patents and the threat that they represent have prevented me from taking the initiative. I don't want to deal with the hassle. And yes, I am am more than willing to deal with "rip-offs" and free competitors rather than litigious asshats.

So many defenders of patents raise the irrelevent and erroneous point of an innovators "right" to profit. This was not part of the original discussion, and should not be entertained now. It has nothing to do with it.

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