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Re: [News] Microsoft Sued.... by TomTom!

After takin' a swig o' grog, Sinister Midget belched out
  this bit o' wisdom:

> On 2009-03-21, Erik Funkenbusch <erik@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx> claimed:
>> On Thu, 19 Mar 2009 22:16:58 +0000, Roy Schestowitz wrote:
>>> TomTom countersues Microsoft in patent dispute
>>> ,----[ Quote ]
>>>| TomTom has responded to Microsoft's patent suit by filing a patent claim of 
>>>| its own against the software maker. 
>>>| The GPS device maker, based in the Netherlands, filed the countersuit in the 
>>>| U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Virginia on Thursday.  
>>> `----
>>> http://news.cnet.com/8301-10805_3-10200526-75.html?part=rss&subj=news&tag=2547-1_3-0-20
>> According to news reports, Tom Tom has been threatening to sue MS for over
>> a year.  So it turns out that Microsoft did not initiate the suit against
>> Tom Tom, and are merely defending themselves.  This was not, as the Linux
>> community has so arrogantly assumed, an attack on Linux at all.
> Ah, I get it. I get mad at you and say something like, "I'm going to
> kill you." So that justifies you hiring somebody to locate me, then
> coming to kill my family and me.
> That makes as much sense as a lot of other things you're known for
> saying.
> One problem. Since MICROS~1 has been waving the patent gun around in
> the air for some time it would seem to me that linux users (Tom Tom,
> for example) might feel compelled to take preemptive action. Or, at
> least threaten to do so even if they don't really have any intention
> of doing it. So the trouble with all of this is, M$ is still the main
> culprit.
> Now go ask your masters what you're supposed to say next.

Since Microsoft's copyright foray with SCO failed, it was pretty obvious
that patents would be the next step for Microsoft.  However, they don't dare
go up against the big guys with these patent lawsuits.

As their business oh-so-slowly leaks away, they'll ever-more-resemble
cornered rats.

   The U.S. couldn't even get rid of Saddam Hussein. And we all know that
   the EU is just a passing fad. They'll be killing each other again in less
   than a year.  I'm sick to death of all these fascist lawsuits.
       -- Bill Gates

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