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Submission + - Microsoft fighting more than 50 patent suits (

Arguendo writes: Julie Bort at Network World reports that Microsoft's recent annual report says it is currently fighting more than 50 patent infringement suits, "10 of which are set for trial in fiscal year 2010." She speculates that Microsoft may be losing far more in licensing fees than it's gaining. "Other than calling payouts "a cost of doing business" what other option does Microsoft have but to try to collect on intellectual property on the one hand, while paying damages with the other? And if that's the case, will we see a Microsoft that becomes more aggressive to collect on intellectual property? I fear so."

Cockroaches Make Group Decisions? 212

The Discovery Channel is reporting a recent study indicates that cockroaches govern themselves using simple group consultations before anything that affects the entire group. From the article: " The research determined that cockroach decision-making follows a predictable pattern that could explain group dynamics of other insects and animals, such as ants, spiders, fish and even cows. Cockroaches, Blattella Germanica, are silent creatures, save perhaps for the sound of them scurrying over a counter top. They therefore must communicate without vocalizing.

We all agree on the necessity of compromise. We just can't agree on when it's necessary to compromise. -- Larry Wall