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Re: Microsoft patent FUD © ..

__/ [ Linonut ] on Thursday 31 May 2007 11:59 \__

> After takin' a swig o' grog, Doug Mentohl belched out this bit o' wisdom:
>> 'I do think it clearly establishes that open source is not free and open
>> source will have to respect intellectual property rights of others just
>> as any other competitor will.', Steve Ballmer
> Hypocrite.

To Microsoft you?re not a customer. You're a thief.

,----[ Quote ]
| Well, guess what? You're required to validate the authenticity of your 
| operating system when you download a calculator from Microsoft...
| [...]
| Microsoft have lost the plot. They pay UMG $1 per Zune sold, kissing
| their asses, then proceed to call iPod users a thieves. Why? Because
| Microsoft is weak and sold out by paying the music cartel. Most users
| of music players actually rip music off CDs on to their players.
| Therefore, according to Microsoft, all you Zune users are thieves.
| [...]
| Then Microsoft makes a deal with Novell because, according to Steve
| Ballmer, Linux infringes on Microsoft intellectual property. Essentially
| the deal ensures that Microsoft will not sue Novell. Again, according
| to them, they are then calling Linux users (all but those using Novell
| Linux, of course) a bunch of thieves.


Another writeup in Linux.com talked about how hysterical Ballmer's comments
were. Microosft gained notoriety for being the biggest IP theif of all time.

NT influenced by Unix

,----[ Quote ]
| (Gates:) "And through Windows NT, you can see it throughout the design.
| In a weak sense, it is a form of Unix. There are so many of the
| design decisions that have been influenced by that environment. And
| that's no accident."
| In light of the recent saber rattling about Linux and patents, the "There 
| are so many of the design decisions that have been influenced by that 
| environment" sentence is particularly interesting if these patent
| threats include things that are prior Unix art. "In a weak sense, it
| is a form of Unix" is also telling. I said before that I don't think
| that's the case; I think the patent stuff is talking about things like
| Samba and Mono, but even there the "influenced by that environment"
| could be important in the court of public opinion if not in actual
| law.



Hey Microsoft, isn't that the iPod scroll wheel?

,----[ Quote ]
| Microsoft is showing off more than a dozen new phones designed to work
| with its business telephony software, but the thing that caught my
| eye was the iPod-like scroll wheel on one of the models.


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