Linked by Thom Holwerda on Tue 18th Sep 2012 21:45 UTC
PDAs, Cellphones, Wireless Microsoft and RIM have announced that RIM has licensed Redmond's exFAT patents. The press release contains a ridiculous amount of hyperbole nonsense, and if you translate it into regular people speak, it basically comes down to RIM paying Microsoft protection money for stupid nonsensical software patents. Ridiculous articles like like this make it seem as if we're talking about patents on major technological breakthroughs, but don't be fooled: this is because for some inexplicable reason, we're using crappy FAT for SD cards.
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Protection Money Really?
by lucas_maximus on Wed 19th Sep 2012 13:01 UTC
lucas_maximus
Member since:
2009-08-18

Microsoft Corp. announced today that Microsoft and Research In Motion (RIM) have signed a patent licensing agreement that gives RIM broad access to the latest Extended File Allocation Table (exFAT) for certain BlackBerry devices of RIM.


That isn't hyperbole Thom, that is just a statement. The rest might be guff, but that is a pretty clear statement.

The conversation probably went like this down RIM:

* RIM Engineer - "We want to use exFAT, and that requires a volume license."
* RIM Manager - "Well lets get one, then."
* RIM Manager to Microsoft - "how much is an exFAT license?"
* Microsoft - "It is $X for this number of devices".
* RIM Manager - "That is with-in the budget, I will put you in contact with accounts."

FFS, This is how businesses normally work.

Edited 2012-09-19 13:02 UTC

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RE: Protection Money Really?
by dekernel on Wed 19th Sep 2012 14:14 in reply to "Protection Money Really?"
dekernel Member since:
2005-07-07

If I had to guess, I would think you are spot-on.

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lucas_maximus Member since:
2009-08-18

I work in the Gambling Sector and it pretty much boils down like that. I think personally people forget or just don't know how a project works in business, a budget is assigned based on the requirements and cost estimates.

If exFAT support wasn't needed or out of budget RIM, they would have just supported FAT32.

Also people forget if a department doesn't spend it Budget it loses it.

Edited 2012-09-19 16:40 UTC

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