Linked by Thom Holwerda on Sun 25th Mar 2012 19:44 UTC
Legal "Last week a large, profitable company sued a small start-up business for patent infringement. As a non-legal person, I can only guess that this sort of thing must happen fairly often. I would also guess that the large companies, which have the means to hire crackerjack legal teams and drag cases out, must often win. And while I guess I feel bad for the small businesses, I've never really cared before now. Because this time, the stakes are high. This time, it's my daughter's voice on the line. Literally." Infuriating. Maybe these are the kinds of stories we need to get normal people to care enough to force lawmakers to change. Sadly, the big bags of money from Apple, Microsoft, and Oracle are probably far more important to them than this sad story.
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RE[4]: Comment by shmerl
by Gullible Jones on Mon 26th Mar 2012 12:36 UTC in reply to "RE[3]: Comment by shmerl"
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While I agree with not giving money to such companies if you don't have to, I think you seriously underestimate the number of people who have to for job or educational reasons. e.g. try using something other than Excel in a corporate environment. Microsoft and other large companies have tied themselves in really deep with corporate and university culture.

(Also there's the small problem that special-purpose FOSS software is usually not as good. Say what you will, there is no way the GIMP can compete with Photoshop.)

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