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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I really like Thom's stance on this stuff but I have to agree with the other poster. I quit using Microsoft, Apple, and Sony products because of their practices in the marketplace and will not give them one hard earned dollar until they change their ways. I am still able to make money just fine with Ubuntu and Libre Office. I have setup Ubuntu for several companies and they are using Libre Office just fine and are making money just fine in fact they have seen profits increase as their IT expenditures decrease as a result of not using MS products. If MS office is your preference then so bit it but seriously? in this day and time Libre Office does just about as much as MS office for everyday tasks.

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