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  1. Daeron

    Daeron Guest

    Microsoft aiming IBM-scale patent program at Linux?
    Andrew Orlowski Dec 08 2003

    While attention has been focused on The SCO Group's IP suit against
    free software, Microsoft itself has prepared the ground for a full
    scale patent licensing program in which smaller vendors will be the
    most vulnerable.

    In June, Microsoft hired Marshall Phelps from IBM, the executive who
    began IBM's patent-based revenue program in 1985 ..

    [..]


    ... Microsoft crossed a historic line by monetizing its FAT and
    Cleartype patents. While the FAT file system is maybe a legacy
    technology in personal computers, it's ubiquitous in the removable
    media used in digital cameras ..

    [..]

    "Microsoft is deciding that there's money to be made and control to be
    had by exercising patents, so first they said they'd spin it as if it
    was a good thing," says Sun Microsystems' chief technology evangelist
    Simon Phipps. "It's a pre-emptive strike that makes Microsoft look
    like victims rather than perpetrators."

    [..]

    "They're not posturing and appearing aggressive, " Phipps told us,
    "but the potential for harm is on a par with the SCO suit.

    [..]

    Microsoft's actions so far don't constitute a full frontal attack on
    free software. It's often been rumored that Microsoft has a number of
    patents - the number varies - on the Linux kernel itself. But it has
    chosen not to pursue such an inflammatory tactic, just yet, and may
    not even need to at all in order to succeed.

    [..]

    So there's no mistaking a rhetorical campaign from Redmond to
    "delegitimize" free software, and a parallel campaign to "legitimize"
    use of Microsoft IP under an approved license, under certain
    conditions. Microsoft would far rather you run untamed Linux code on
    its partitioned Windows servers hosting UNIX™ services.

    At some point in the future, we suspect, having convinced the world
    that Linux is a nasty but necessary virus, it will generously offer to
    host it all on giant Windows clusters. (Earlier this year, Microsoft
    bought Connectix's VM software to do just that job).

    http://www.theregister.co.uk/content/4/34391.html
     
  2. On a sunny day (6 Mar 2004 08:48:55 -0800) it happened
    (Daeron) wrote in
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    As the US deficit increases, the Bush government will nationalize
    and confiscate microsofts capital and spend the money on anti-weapons
    of mass-destruction.
     
  3. Jim Thompson

    Jim Thompson Guest

    You are confused, someday soon Gates will be President ;-)

    ...Jim Thompson
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    Will you still need me, will you still feed me, when I'm sixty-four?
     
  4. <SNIP plenty of stuff, maybe good arguments>

    Given the 17 year or so maximum life expectancy of patents, I suspect
    that anything really good now or known to be good now as of several years
    ago would only have a "patent protection window" of 17 years...

    Any Microsoft competitor having only a few $100K to spend on patent
    lawyer services can really get bigtime rich on any big idea that "M$" has
    not filed a patent application on previously... A few hundred K$ is good
    for worldwide for a highish estimate of patenting something worldwide,
    maybe close to a megabuck if you go global and also face some serious
    litigation on a global scale!
    And after 17 years from granting of a patent, the patented invention
    loses patent protection as far as I know (in the USA)!

    - Don Klipstein ()
     
  5. Dr. O

    Dr. O Guest

     
  6. Bill Sloman

    Bill Sloman Guest

    I'm sure that he will be as successful as H. Ross Perot.
     
  7. Daeron

    Daeron Guest

     
  8. Ken Smith

    Ken Smith Guest

    Perot's only error was, not having the country switch to electronic voting
    machines running software he wrote. Gates won't make that mistake. The
    Diebold machines run Windoze version NT-4.1VFB which is a special version
    of NT designed just for voting machines. The servers that gather the
    votes together into grand totals run version NT-4.1BGW which is a special
    version just for the servers.
     
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