Linked by Thom Holwerda on Wed 4th Jul 2012 23:08 UTC
Google Apparently, this is a major victory of the patent system. This, this right here, this is what the patent system has come to. This is the destructive effect it's having on this once beautiful industry. Thanks to trolls like Apple and Microsoft, basic, elemental functionality is being removed from devices people already own.
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Missing the target ?
by Parker on Thu 5th Jul 2012 20:39 UTC
Parker
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2012-07-05

Couldn't agree more about the nonsensical use of software patents, be it in the USA or elswhere. But was it really necessary to despise the people working at Walmart with a despicable comment on the so-called 9-to-5 working drone?
Dubbing him an average Joe would have been enough and right to the point : the system is sick, not the people working (yes, working) at Patent Office.

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RE: Missing the target ?
by JAlexoid on Fri 6th Jul 2012 10:31 in reply to "Missing the target ?"
JAlexoid Member since:
2009-05-19

It's not negative to point out that the people there lack the in-depth knowledge, hence the references to Walmart and 9-2-5. The system is making a lot of these people "9-to-5 working drones". And the sickness of the system is infecting the people working there, to the point that there are no "healthy" individuals left.

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RE[2]: Missing the target ?
by Parker on Sun 8th Jul 2012 15:42 in reply to "RE: Missing the target ?"
Parker Member since:
2012-07-05

I guess you're right. I may have missed the intended meaning and I like your explanation better : I don't what 'in depth knowledge' could be when it comes to software patents (European Parliament tried to put some meaning in it by stating that such software should lead to a physical action ; they were thinking of the ABS brakes). So if there is no such thing as 'in depth knowledge' we might as well consider anybody would end up granting a patent to an obvious idea... or never grant anything at all (which effectively means this job would be useless).

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