Linked by Thom Holwerda on Sun 14th Oct 2007 15:12 UTC
Legal This week's 'big' news on OSNews was about software patents. You know, those things that say you cannot stack four pixels on top of one another unless you pay money to the guy who invented four-pixel-stacks (or the guy who bought the guy who invented four-pixel-stacks). A company called IP Innovation, LLC, has sued Novell and Red Hat for infringement of the company's IP portfolio. Software patents are of course generally completely ridiculous, so I will not focus on that here. I want to focus on something else.
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Simple logic...
by JonathanBThompson on Sun 14th Oct 2007 17:01 UTC
JonathanBThompson
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2006-05-26

That a lot of people that wish for something to be true will disregard until proven one way or another.

Thom, you hit the nail on the head: just because something sounds like you want it to sound, doesn't mean that the sound was made by that something that you want it to sound like.

If I were to automatically believe that Microsoft employees with one set of skills and experience leaving for another company to do the same sort of job or something that requires that set of skills and experience, I'd logically conclude that Microsoft is going to take over Yahoo! or is trying to kill it, because I happen to know many people that work for the local Yahoo! office that used to work for Microsoft, and pretty much everywhere I've worked since I moved into the area, someone I've worked with has also worked at Microsoft at least once. An important thing to remember is that while some companies may have a strict "no re-hire" policy, Microsoft most certainly does re-hire people, though I have no reason to expect that's a 100% policy of all past employees. For all we know, the former Microsoft employees now employed by the IP Troll Company will decide they really don't like it there, get bored, and decide to go back to Microsoft, and I suspect that as long as they didn't burn bridges by being pricks and/or doing a bad job, I expect Microsoft would take them back. After all, if they know the job and have previously done it well, why not? Those skillsets are very hard to find help for, by pure virtue of statistics that there aren't that many people, period, that have those skillsets that also want to live/work in a certain area.

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RE: Simple logic...
by miles on Sun 14th Oct 2007 19:55 in reply to "Simple logic..."
miles Member since:
2006-06-15

Microsoft did try to acquire Yahoo for quite a while, so your suppositions might be true after all ;)

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