Linked by Thom Holwerda on Tue 5th Jul 2011 22:12 UTC
Microsoft "One of Microsoft's hottest new profit centers is a smartphone platform you've definitely heard of: Android. Google's Linux-based mobile operating system is a favorite target for Microsoft's patent attorneys, who are suing numerous Android vendors and just today announced that another manufacturer has agreed to write checks to Microsoft every time it ships an Android device. Microsoft's latest target is Wistron Corp., which has signed a patent agreement 'that provides broad coverage under Microsoft's patent portfolio for Wistron's tablets, mobile phones, e-readers and other consumer devices running the Android or Chrome platform', Microsoft announced." That's the reality we live in, folks. This is at least as criminal - if not more so - than Microsoft's monopoly abuse late last century. After the Nortel crap, it's completely left the black helicopter camp for me: Microsoft, Apple, and several others are working together to fight Android the only way they know how: with underhand mafia tactics. Absolutely sickening. Hey Anonymous, are you listening? YES I WENT THERE.
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Thom_Holwerda
Member since:
2005-06-29

It's indeed interesting to note that the computer industry flourished before software patents were allowed. Software patents are a relatively new concept.

Edited 2011-07-06 00:12 UTC

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danger_nakamura Member since:
2011-06-21

No, Thom. Get it straight. If no patents or copyrights existed everyone would sit in the fields and pick pansies all day. Geez... what's WRONG with you? Why don't you GET it?!!

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Nth_Man Member since:
2010-05-16

If no patents or copyrights existed everyone would sit in the fields and pick pansies all day. Geez... what's WRONG with you? Why don't you GET it?!!

Beware that mathematics, physics, etc have been working without patents, without "everyone would sit in the fields and pick pansies all day". Companies, student groups, teacher groups and bright individuals have been developing them, but mainly universities and research institutions, supported by government funds. Without threats of patent trials.

Also, not everyone is lazy. For example, software translators working for helping other people show us that.

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