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[4]: Comment by ilovebeer
by kovacm on Wed 19th Sep 2012 17:18 UTC in reply to "RE[3]: Comment by ilovebeer"
kovacm
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2010-12-16

FAT32? Patents worth MILLIONS of dollars??

yeah, right...

It was overturned partly on the basis of 20-year old Usenet posts Linus Tordvals and an anonymous Atari hacker made when someone asked how to implement long filenames. The ideas they sketched up off the top of their heads was what FAT32 did. i.e. It was obvious to someone skilled in the field.

journal articles on subject: http://www.wired.com/wiredenterprise/2012/03/ms-patent/

and source from 1992.:

https://groups.google.com/forum/?fromgroups=#!topic/comp.os.minix/0r...
https://groups.google.com/forum/?fromgroups=#!topic/comp.sys.atari.s...

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