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_Holwerda
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2005-06-29

I'm a hypocrite.

Plain and simple. I'm just a regular consumer with a limited supply of money, so I must make choices. I can't earn my income without Windows 7 and Office, so I don't have much choice there. I'm not sure how it would help anyone if I sat here using something like Kubuntu, without making any money, meaning no OSNews.

It's all about trade-offs. Do I make money and not starve, or do I not buy Windows 7, something that will have absolutely zero effect on anything ever? I never claimed to be perfect, holier-than-thou, or some sort of guiding light in the world of technology (you know, like some unnamed other, way more popular, technology bloggers). I'm a hypocrite and inconsistent, and I change my mind regularly in light of new evidence.

I'm almost like a real person. I'm sure you often lambast the state of something in the world too without taking action. Like, ever been to Africa to feed the hungry? Did you go to New Orleans to help the victims of the hurricane when you were blaming FEMA?

Edited 2012-05-22 13:09 UTC

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