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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Maybe not the place for it... but I notice a common theme amongst defenders of copyright and patent law as they stand today: Laziness.

I have been lurking on this and other sites for many years. Someone correct me if I'm wrong... it seems to be more than the protection of ideas, whatever that means. Yes, the basis of the claims lies in these "noble" ideas. But deeper into some of the conversations that I have read, the truth seems to come out. There are lazy peole that are seriously incommoded by the idea that they should not have the "right" to become one-hit-wonders and live of of the fat of one good, maybe even great, idea.

So just to be clear - someone has one good idea, writes one good story, composes one good song, and they should no longer have to work ever again? Society owes them BIG?!!

Please - get over yourself. Society will get on without your story, idea etc... Probablity suggests that someone else will come along and supply something identical/similiar/better. Go read all of the stories of ideas being developed simultaneously and independently by different "inventors." Do you REALLY believe that you are that special?

Lazy. One good idea, and the millions are "deserved." A "right." Eliminate fate and chance - we DEMAND protection! Give me break. Selfish and lazy.

Both systems serve a purpose, but that purpose has NOTHING to do with the individual. Society is the benefactor. This has been largely forgotten/ignored. To be viable again, strict guidelines and short time limits need to be put back into place. Sorry guys... you can still profit under this system, but one-hit-wonders may be few and far between. Guess the "genuises" will have to work like the rest of us.

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