Linked by Thom Holwerda on Wed 7th Nov 2012 21:36 UTC
Microsoft Bart Eppenauer, Microsoft's chief patent guy, in an interview with The Verge: "We believe our patent laws have served the country very well." Loosely translated, this reads: "This system that gives me my six-figure income and is a fine anti-competitive tool for my company have served me and my company well, the damage to the industry be damned."
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RE[4]: Comment by strim
by bassbeast on Fri 9th Nov 2012 21:56 UTC in reply to "RE[3]: Comment by strim"
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Sorry friend but the numbers? they be lies, LIES I tell you! Yoy see what they did, to keep Ballmer from looking like a loser, was count EVERY SALE as a Vista sale, even when they were loaded with XP from the factory. They did this by saying it was just "using the downgrade option" instead of what it actually was, people going out of their way NOT to buy it.

And don't underestimate the power of us geeks. Who fixes the machines? Who tells them what works and what don't? the geeks, that's who. hell i had the nurse at my checkup the other day going "You're the tech guy, right? Listen I need a new laptop and my girls are wanting tech for Xmas and I need some advice" and I of course warned her away from Win 8 and told her where to get a nice Win 7 laptop.

As for Linux...sigh, until Torvalds accepts reality, which is a couple of dozen devs just can't provide any kind of quality control on tens of thousands of drivers with Linus and friends constantly futzing with the internals Linux is simply not fit for purpose on the desktop. Joe and Sally Average will NOT do forum hunts, mess with CLI fixes, or put up with drivers breaking every time they have to do the upgrade tango, it just won't be tolerated. like it or not you can take an XP or Vista RTM, install all the drivers, and those drivers will STILL WORK no matter how many patches and service packs are applied. tying the drivers to the kernel was stupid back in the day and its insanity now, there is no way the devs can keep up, the math simply doesn't work.

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