Linked by Thom Holwerda on Mon 21st May 2012 23:47 UTC
Legal "He's one of 10 reverse-engineers working full time for a stealthy company funded by some of the biggest names in technology: Apple, Microsoft, Research In Motion, Sony, and Ericsson. Called the Rockstar Consortium, the 32-person outfit has a single-minded mission: It examines successful products, like routers and smartphones, and it tries to find proof that these products infringe on a portfolio of over 4,000 technology patents once owned by one of the world's largest telecommunications companies. When a Rockstar engineer uncovers evidence of infringement, the company documents it, contacts the manufacturer, and demands licensing fees for the patents in question. The demand is backed by the implicit threat of a patent lawsuit in federal court." And then people wonder why I call Apple and Microsoft patent trolls. These are the people destroying this industry, with Apple, Microsoft, RIM, etc. money. Sickeningly low.
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Thom´s outrage is not genuine
by porcel on Tue 22nd May 2012 13:00 UTC
porcel
Member since:
2006-01-28

This is not an attack on you as a person, so please don´t perceive it as such, but I do value honesty and integrity and here's what I don´t get Thom.

You will post an article full of outrage such as this one and in the next one, you will say something along the lines of Windows 7 is my prefered desktop choice.

If you are truly outraged, how can you go on supporting companies that by your definition and using your own words have sickening practices?

You are supposed to be a smart tech writer and I have a hard time believing that you could not use something like Kubuntu 12.04 productively. But as long as your deeds do not match your words, forgive me if I take your ongoing outrage with a pinch of salt.

Here´s to hoping that you do see the irony of what you are doing. And no, you cannot on the one hand buy products from companies that are clear patent trolls (windows 7, windows phone) and on the other hand, claim to have any kind of moral ground on which to stand and criticize these companies.

So what is it?

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Thom_Holwerda Member since:
2005-06-29

I'm a hypocrite.

Plain and simple. I'm just a regular consumer with a limited supply of money, so I must make choices. I can't earn my income without Windows 7 and Office, so I don't have much choice there. I'm not sure how it would help anyone if I sat here using something like Kubuntu, without making any money, meaning no OSNews.

It's all about trade-offs. Do I make money and not starve, or do I not buy Windows 7, something that will have absolutely zero effect on anything ever? I never claimed to be perfect, holier-than-thou, or some sort of guiding light in the world of technology (you know, like some unnamed other, way more popular, technology bloggers). I'm a hypocrite and inconsistent, and I change my mind regularly in light of new evidence.

I'm almost like a real person. I'm sure you often lambast the state of something in the world too without taking action. Like, ever been to Africa to feed the hungry? Did you go to New Orleans to help the victims of the hurricane when you were blaming FEMA?

Edited 2012-05-22 13:09 UTC

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andydread Member since:
2009-02-02

I really like Thom's stance on this stuff but I have to agree with the other poster. I quit using Microsoft, Apple, and Sony products because of their practices in the marketplace and will not give them one hard earned dollar until they change their ways. I am still able to make money just fine with Ubuntu and Libre Office. I have setup Ubuntu for several companies and they are using Libre Office just fine and are making money just fine in fact they have seen profits increase as their IT expenditures decrease as a result of not using MS products. If MS office is your preference then so bit it but seriously? in this day and time Libre Office does just about as much as MS office for everyday tasks.

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Rugxulo Member since:
2007-10-09

I'm a hypocrite.


Thom, you often get a lot of (unjustified, IMHO) complaints, but I wouldn't call you a hypocrite. You're just normal! I.e., average, flawed, human like the rest of us. That much should be obvious, but some people seem to forget.

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porcel Member since:
2006-01-28

Thanks for the honest answer. I do understand that these choices are hard in the real world.

For what is worth, I set up a friend who is also a translator such as yourself with Kubuntu and Office 2007, using Cross-Over office.

Depending on other translation aids you may or may not use, that might be a workable solution.

We all make compromises, but should not lose sight of our aspirations and where the real problem lies. In light of this, I can concede that you would use Office or even Windows if there is no other way for you to make a living, but why in God´s name buy a Windows phone?

A closer reading of your post reveals that it remains nearly impossible to interoperate with Microsoft Document Formats in a realible manner, which is part of the reason why Microsoft made its XML formats so convoluted and dependent on prior Microsoft office formats. Isn´t that kind of a sad state of affairs in the XXI century?

As far as Katrina, I now live in Spain, but I happen to have been in the US when katrina kit and helped set up community centers running LTSP to help people get online and connect with family members as well as coordinate recovery and rescue efforts, so one of your given examples did not apply to me, but yes there are areas of my life where I could also be far more consistent.

Edited 2012-05-23 07:12 UTC

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