Linked by Thom Holwerda on Tue 18th Sep 2012 21:45 UTC
PDAs, Cellphones, Wireless Microsoft and RIM have announced that RIM has licensed Redmond's exFAT patents. The press release contains a ridiculous amount of hyperbole nonsense, and if you translate it into regular people speak, it basically comes down to RIM paying Microsoft protection money for stupid nonsensical software patents. Ridiculous articles like like this make it seem as if we're talking about patents on major technological breakthroughs, but don't be fooled: this is because for some inexplicable reason, we're using crappy FAT for SD cards.
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RE: Where is the EU?
by _txf_ on Tue 18th Sep 2012 22:42 UTC in reply to "Where is the EU? "
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We are using stinky FAT on our sd cards because MS scammed its way into a monopoly and then F'd everyone else over to get its technological underpinnings adopted as necessary standards for interoperability.

I seem to remember that Rambus got its ass handed to it for that very same behaviour. They submitted tech to JEDEC as a standard, which everybody then implemented. Rambus subsequently sued everybody, initally won, but then got slapped for anticompetitive behaviour.

Edited 2012-09-18 22:43 UTC

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