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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On smoking guns and the tooth fairy
by sbergman27 on Mon 15th Oct 2007 04:44 UTC
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If Microsoft really is playing the puppet master game here, a smoking gun will sooner or later be found.

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No doubt delivered by the "smoking gun fairy". I think they would be pretty careful to do such things in such a way that the gun would likely not be found. Or to have stopped smoking by the time it *was* found.

And I think that they would have learned, from the 1998 court proceedings, to handle these things in a way which wouldn't be exposed by a subpoena of their email records.

Say what one will about Microsoft... they do learn from mistakes. It would not surprise me to discover, in an unprovable way, that the smoking gun fairy was currently bound and gagged in the basement of an abandoned warehouse somewhere.

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