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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This isn't a patent problem
by FunkyELF on Mon 26th Mar 2012 15:26 UTC
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This is a bunch of problems all in one. Nothing to do with patents really.

Depending on cloud applications.
The fact that an application can just disappear is a problem with cloud applications in general. The cloud application here being Apple's App Store.

Depending on closed source software.
This is for sure a niche application and maybe open alternatives don't exist yet, but still... don't depend on closed source software. The price could double every year and nothing you can do about it once your daughter learns and likes the program. It doesn't even have to disappear for it to be a problem, they could just stop supporting it, stop adding new words, bug fixes, updating for newer versions of hardware, etc.

Depending on a single vendor.
What happens when your iPad breaks 2 years down the road and the newest models have increased in price and the economy is in the crapper?

Poor decisions all around.

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