Linked by Thom Holwerda on Thu 28th Oct 2010 18:02 UTC, submitted by viator
Legal If you can't compete, litigate. This train of thought has been quite prevalent among major technology companies as of late, most notably by Apple and Microsoft, who both cannot compete with Android on merit, so they have to resort to patent lawsuits and FUD. Both Asustek and Acer have revealed that Microsoft plans to impose royalty fees upon the two Taiwanese hardware makers to prevent them from shipping Android and/or Chrome OS devices.
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RE[8]: Comment by rubberneck
by TheGZeus on Sat 30th Oct 2010 03:37 UTC in reply to "RE[7]: Comment by rubberneck"
TheGZeus
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2010-05-19

If software is machinery, then so are maths, poetry and novels.

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RE[9]: Comment by rubberneck
by Neolander on Sat 30th Oct 2010 06:00 in reply to "RE[8]: Comment by rubberneck"
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2010-03-08

Cooking, too, is a very algorithmic task, so if algorithms can be patented, cooking should be too no ?

Imagine a world where the cops could catch you if you're cooking something looking like an iChili or some MS Pasta Human Mouth Edition Upgraded Plus Embedded Compact without paying monthly fees...

Edited 2010-10-30 06:01 UTC

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RE[10]: Comment by rubberneck
by TheGZeus on Sat 30th Oct 2010 12:31 in reply to "RE[9]: Comment by rubberneck"
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2010-05-19

Actually, if you're not selling a patented item you built you don't need to be the patent-holder, how likely is it that will remain true in a word where we're bordering on 'replicators'.
Imagine how Intel will feel when anyone can make a chip in their home!

One day foods will have DRM... and people still refuse to realise that proprietary software is harmful...

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