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Comment It's A Trick; Get An Axe. (Score 1) 221

What, no patent issues here ? Oh wait, I get it, greater "interoperability" leads to more targets for bogus patent claims like the ones my poor firm (a datacenter/hosting business) received a few days ago.
Here is the letter we received as a follow-up to an in-person meeting with a lame patent enforcement goon regarding claims to the effect that all the "linux" servers in our datacenter somehow violate yet-unspecified patents
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Sent: Thursday, October 16, 2008 12:26 PM

It was a pleasure to meet with you Tuesday. I appreciate your interest and concern regarding the patent matters we discussed. As requested, I am sending (attached) a mutual, two-way Non-Disclosure Agreement. I believe that you will find this agreement fair and reasonable for both of our companies. Please sign and date, then scan (or FAX) a copy to me â" and also forward the original document via mail. My contact info is below.
Once I receive this document, I can work with you to make arrangements to meet with you again to show XXXXXXXXâ(TM)s patents and how they are infringed. If you wish, I can also forward licensing terms.
I look forward to working with you to amicably resolve this important matter.
--------- [NDA available upon request]
United States

Submission + - Navy now mandated to consider FOSS as an option

lisah writes: "In a memorandum handed down from Department of the Navy CIO John Carey this week, the Navy is now mandated to consider open source solutions when making new software acquisitions. According John Weathersby, executive director of the Open Source Software Institute, this is the first in a series of documents that will also address 'development and distribution issues regarding open source within Navy IT environments.'"

"More software projects have gone awry for lack of calendar time than for all other causes combined." -- Fred Brooks, Jr., _The Mythical Man Month_