Linked by Thom Holwerda on Thu 7th Nov 2013 10:04 UTC, submitted by mbpark

Microsoft is generating $2 billion per year in revenue from Android patent royalties, says Nomura analyst Rick Sherlund in a new note on the company.

He estimates that the Android revenue has a 95% margin, so it's pretty much all profit.

This money, says Sherlund, helps Microsoft hide the fact that its mobile and Xbox groups are burning serious cash.

Microsoft has not written a single line of Android code, yet rakes in the profits through scummy software patents. Crime does pay.

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I've been thinking about it.

I'd say software isn't math, but software is based on or made possible by math.

It's bit like saying copyright of books doesn't exist, because it's made of letters and you can't copyright those. Or you can't patent a warp engine, because it's based on physics and you can't patent the laws of nature.

The math making software possible is on a lower level also made possible by physics.

People who are crap at math can still code stuff and being briljant at maths doesn't make you automatically a programmer, nor does it guaranty you can learn to be a good one.

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