Linked by Thom Holwerda on Mon 21st May 2012 23:47 UTC
Legal "He's one of 10 reverse-engineers working full time for a stealthy company funded by some of the biggest names in technology: Apple, Microsoft, Research In Motion, Sony, and Ericsson. Called the Rockstar Consortium, the 32-person outfit has a single-minded mission: It examines successful products, like routers and smartphones, and it tries to find proof that these products infringe on a portfolio of over 4,000 technology patents once owned by one of the world's largest telecommunications companies. When a Rockstar engineer uncovers evidence of infringement, the company documents it, contacts the manufacturer, and demands licensing fees for the patents in question. The demand is backed by the implicit threat of a patent lawsuit in federal court." And then people wonder why I call Apple and Microsoft patent trolls. These are the people destroying this industry, with Apple, Microsoft, RIM, etc. money. Sickeningly low.
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Thom´s outrage is not genuine
by porcel on Tue 22nd May 2012 13:00 UTC
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This is not an attack on you as a person, so please don´t perceive it as such, but I do value honesty and integrity and here's what I don´t get Thom.

You will post an article full of outrage such as this one and in the next one, you will say something along the lines of Windows 7 is my prefered desktop choice.

If you are truly outraged, how can you go on supporting companies that by your definition and using your own words have sickening practices?

You are supposed to be a smart tech writer and I have a hard time believing that you could not use something like Kubuntu 12.04 productively. But as long as your deeds do not match your words, forgive me if I take your ongoing outrage with a pinch of salt.

Here´s to hoping that you do see the irony of what you are doing. And no, you cannot on the one hand buy products from companies that are clear patent trolls (windows 7, windows phone) and on the other hand, claim to have any kind of moral ground on which to stand and criticize these companies.

So what is it?

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