Linked by Thom Holwerda on Thu 28th Apr 2011 22:33 UTC
Legal This is interesting. I've been saying for a while now that both Apple and Microsoft are hard at work making Android as undesirable as possible. Sadly, they're not doing this by making their own products better, but by trying to make it seem as if Android isn't free due to patent costs and such. It looks like Barnes & Noble is the first company to openly say the same.
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other vendors
by jimmystewpot on Thu 28th Apr 2011 23:45 UTC
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It is my understanding from talking with a person close to the MS vs Android patent discussion with another vendor (not b&N) that the patents in question related to Exchange interoperability (ActiveSync), FAT/vFAT file systems. I have not used the B&N devices so I don't really know if they would infringe those areas? Maybe there are some more patents that MS is trying to push down their throat? At least with Apple's cases there are infringing patent numbers released to the public so people can make up their own minds.. to date I've not seen these from MS... can anyone show me them if they exist? I would love to know.

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RE: other vendors
by TemporalBeing on Fri 29th Apr 2011 20:21 in reply to "other vendors"
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It is my understanding from talking with a person close to the MS vs Android patent discussion with another vendor (not b&N) that the patents in question related to Exchange interoperability (ActiveSync), FAT/vFAT file systems. I have not used the B&N devices so I don't really know if they would infringe those areas? Maybe there are some more patents that MS is trying to push down their throat? At least with Apple's cases there are infringing patent numbers released to the public so people can make up their own minds.. to date I've not seen these from MS... can anyone show me them if they exist? I would love to know.


Well, the FAT/vFAT thing can be mitigated - so support does not necessarily mean infringement, but as it is still the primary file system of many flash chips (SD, CF, etc.) by default it certainly can be problematic.

That said, isn't it about time the world adopted a new primary file system for these things? One that isn't encumbered by patents (ala FAT/vFAT, and even exFAT)?

The primary issue is the fact that Windows doesn't support any file systems that don't originate in Redmond by default. And there's not really any good (e.g. high quality) ext2/3/4 drivers for Windows either. So options are limited unless companies want to invest a lot of money. But then, wouldn't that investment pay off in the long run? (Sadly they're likely too short-sighted to see it.)

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RE[2]: other vendors
by vodoomoth on Mon 2nd May 2011 11:19 in reply to "RE: other vendors"
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You are 100% (and beyond) right. The sad fact is that "in the long run" *is* preposterous when it comes to companies... their horizon, especially for the ones quoted on a stock market, is basically a trimester (or more accurately, "quarter", as they say).

Edited 2011-05-02 11:22 UTC

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