Linked by Thom Holwerda on Mon 30th Apr 2012 11:53 UTC
PDAs, Cellphones, Wireless Barnes & Noble is spinning off its Nook e-reader business into a new company - which will be a cooperation with Microsoft. Redmond will invest $300 million into the new company, and on top of that, the two companies have settled the patent litigation, which was part of Microsoft's string of mafia practices against Android vendors. I have a sneaking suspicion this will be the end of the line for the Android-based Nook e-readers and tablets. Get 'm while supplies last.
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RE: "mafia practices"?
by Valhalla on Mon 30th Apr 2012 20:30 UTC in reply to ""mafia practices"?"
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Good grief.
God forbid any company protect its patents.

Oh please stop with this song and dance number. Back in the day Microsoft apologists said 'yes, we agree that software patents are really bad, but Microsoft is just filing patents as protection'.

Now that Microsoft is using patents offensively just like those 'awful patent trolls which attacked Microsoft' you are singing a new tune, that of how 'software patents are now really good and that a company must be allowed to protect their investments'.

Software patents are crap in theory, and they are even worse in practice as they are granted no matter how ridiculously obvious they are to anyone skilled in the particular field.

The forefront patent in Microsoft's trolling has been the long filename patent which they sued TomTom for and which was part of their patent case against B&N.

It's a very obvious patent to anyone skilled in programming and it was recently revealed that Linus Torvalds had prior art on Microsofts filing by three years.

That Microsoft can run around and sue people over such a pathetic patent is all evidence needed of just how bad the software patent system is.

And the only reason we are even using FAT today is due to the monopoly enforced ubiquity of that filesystem, not due to any technical merits whatsoever.

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