Linked by Thom Holwerda on Thu 14th Jul 2011 21:16 UTC
Legal I've been sitting on this item all day. Technically, it's about patents and the like, and even I understand I've been beating this dead horse so often it almost looks like it's alive. However, this is an interesting opinion piece by Craig Hockenberry, long-time employee at The Iconfactory, one of my favourite software development houses - these guys breath software and beautiful design, and employ one of my favourite artists, David Lanham. The gist of his story? Software patents are killing the independent developer scene.
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RE[2]: Ummm ...
by MacTO on Fri 15th Jul 2011 02:53 UTC in reply to "RE: Ummm ..."
MacTO
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2006-09-21

I don't know if Microsoft is in favor of a patent system that they control. But let's assume that they weren't for a moment. I know, that's a big assumption.

Microsoft knows as well as anyone else that the nice guy just doesn't win in business. They know that because they were the bully and they were the winner. Now that they are being threatened with patents, do you really expect them to lay down on the ground and wait the be run down on a matter of principle? Hell no. They know the bully makes the rules (after all, they were the bully) and if you want to get anywhere you have to play their game. And if that means patent protection rackets then that means patent protection rackets.

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RE[3]: Ummm ...
by TechGeek on Fri 15th Jul 2011 03:07 in reply to "RE[2]: Ummm ..."
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2006-01-14

See, I don't ever buy that argument. That's just an excuse for bad behavior. I don't see companies like Red Hat and others playing the patent protection racket game. Microsoft will do anything to succeed. Everyone knows that. Everyone also know Microsoft would stab them in the back for a penny.

I may be naive in thinking that businesses should be ethical. But there must be a lot of people like me as Ohio (who enacted ethical business laws) is seeing a large rise in incorporations within its state. Those companies will have the legal option of doing what is best for the community or its employees instead of strictly what makes the bottom line rise.

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