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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RE[2]: Protection Money Really?
by lucas_maximus on Wed 19th Sep 2012 16:34 UTC in reply to "RE: Protection Money Really?"
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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moondevil Member since:
2005-07-08

Yeah, when I started working for a big multinational, I finally understood how big companies see open source and licenses of closed source software really work.

In the end it all boils down to available budget, possible license issues, the target demographic of the application and how to get the investment paid back.

In the corporate world there is no place for language or operating system religion, specially in the gaming sector, where the goal is to make games, regardless of what tools are available in the target platform.

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lucas_maximus Member since:
2009-08-18

I used to have a very idealistic ideas about Software etc, and tbh I changed while working because of exactly what you said.

You gotta get stuff done, and it has to be done to a budget and any other reasons management aren't interested in are just dismissed.

It was a harsh learning experience for me, made me think differently and I think it is easy for tech bloggers to say things and not really consider what is actually happening in a company.

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