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]: How silly Thom!
by lucas_maximus on Thu 20th Sep 2012 09:34 UTC in reply to "RE: How silly Thom!"
lucas_maximus
Member since:
2009-08-18

http://www.osnews.com/permalink?535694

This is how business works my friend.

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RE[3]: How silly Thom!
by Alfman on Thu 20th Sep 2012 14:24 in reply to "RE[2]: How silly Thom!"
Alfman Member since:
2011-01-28

lucas_maximus,

"This is how business works my friend."


I hope you understand the difference between acknowledging how business works, and justifying how business works. A corrupt official might say the same thing when accepting a bribe.

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RE[4]: How silly Thom!
by lucas_maximus on Thu 20th Sep 2012 16:47 in reply to "RE[3]: How silly Thom!"
lucas_maximus Member since:
2009-08-18

Did you read my comment I linked?

Most businesses medium and larger businesses decide whether it is worth going into the deal.

Recently I recommended we buy a font-deck subscription, because we use Myriad, Bliss and a few other fonts that aren't freely available. Font deck was cheaper than buying the font outright and we needed to comply with the Copyright of the font ... Management agreed it was worth the extra money.

Microsoft have a patent (whether you agree with whether there should be a patent awarded for this is a different matter) and if you want to use exFAT in a product you are selling you should pay to use it.

A deal was done, and there was no court room dramatics or any other sillyness and there was simply an announcement that Microsoft made a deal with RIM.

Sorry whether you agree with software patents or not, nothing illegal nor immoral happened.

Edited 2012-09-20 16:53 UTC

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