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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How silly Thom!
by jefro on Wed 19th Sep 2012 19:34 UTC
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It is not protection. RIM for some reason needed to have extra code and full use of exfat for their product or series of products. So why not pay for what you need? That isn't against civil ways to live.

Do you pay protection money to your government when you pay taxes. Well, maybe but you also get services like fire and police and sewers and laws.

Same here. They claim to have paid for a broad range of technology, not just the right to use a filesystem.

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