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Comment Microsoft Responds as Story Gets Out. (Score -1) 2

The Seattle Times wrote up the story of this extoriton. Of particular note is Microsoft lawyer Gutierez's response to Microsoft extoring HTC on April 27th:

HTC and Microsoft have a long history of technical and commercial collaboration, and today’s agreement is an example of how industry leaders can reach commercial arrangements that address intellectual property,

They had nothng to say about the news that Microsoft is officially a patent troll.


Submission + - Microsoft Makes 5x from Android as Windows Phone (asymco.com) 2

twitter writes: "Given Citi numbers, Microsoft is making more from licensing Android to makers than it is from their own phone. It is easy to understand that no one wants a Windows phone but why is Microsoft being paid for Android? Because Microsoft is allowed to threaten competitors with patent lawsuits.

A rough estimate of the number of HTC Android devices shipped is 30 million. If HTC paid $5 per unit to Microsoft, that adds up to $150 million Android revenues for Microsoft. Microsoft has admitted selling 2 million Windows Phone licenses (though not devices.) Estimating that the license fee is $15/WP phone, that makes Windows Phone revenues to date $30 million.


Comment Microsoft's use of patents against free software. (Score -1) 7

Thanks, Joe, for such amazing display of hypocrisy. Readers can tell for themselves what I wrote above and what they think about me if they care to make that an issue. People interested in the astroturf account jwilcox154 should visit my troll zoo. It is interesting that this account and the AC still follow me so closely though I have only posted in Slashdot a few times over the last two years.

Florian is not a normal Slashdot user. I have put together this time line of Microsoft patent extortion against free software and this analysis of Florian Mueller's defense of the same. Florian tries to portray Microsoft's use of patents as "cooperative" rather than exclusive. To do this he uses the term "livable" and spins any case where Microsoft cooperates with a rival as a case of common cause and beliefs. The above 16 stories in less than a year and Florian's defense of software patents speak for themselves.

Comment corrupt wireless (Score -1) 4

US spectrum auctions are inherently corrupt and are a bad idea even if they were not. Google made one attempt to buy spectrum but was quickly out done by incumbents that conspired to keep them out by running up any bids made. Even if it were possible to prevent collusion, a highest bidder wins system will always lead to unreasonable prices.

The solution is an immediate deregulation of all spectrum because licensing is not necessary. See David Reed's Open Spectrum notes for more information.


Submission + - Oil companies patent trolling on energy again (cleantechies.com) 1

Whatsmynickname writes: "Thought oil companies had enough patent trolling to shut down any efforts to wean us off of crude oil (Chevron and http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Patent_encumbrance_of_large_automotive_NiMH_batteries)? Think again. BP and DuPont (Butamax) has taken an advanced biofuel company to court over infringement of newly awarded patents for developing biobutanol [see http://blog.cleantechies.com/2011/02/15/bp-dupont-biofuels-jv-takes-gevo-to-court/%5D. When an oil company advertises it is looking for alternative fuels, it's not because they want to be socially responsible..."

Submission + - President Decrees Formation of IP Cops (whitehouse.gov) 1

Anonymous Coward writes: "On February 8, President Obama issued a decree that clamping down on IP and increasing spending on copyright cops would somehow stimulate the economy's creativity, so he created "Intellectual Property Enforcement Advisory Committees" of all the heads of our departments to do what they must to please the RIAA and MPAA. As usual, Biden was leading the charge.

From the article:
"To ensure that the Administration does its best to protect these innovations and creative products, today the President issued this Executive Order, which establishes a Cabinet level Senior Intellectual Property Enforcement Advisory Committee comprised of the heads of the Departments responsible for intellectual property enforcement, including the Departments of Justice, Homeland Security, Commerce, Health and Human Services, State, Treasury, Agriculture and USTR. The Executive Order also establishes the Intellectual Property Enforcement Advisory Committee comprised of representatives from the agencies responsible for designing and carrying out the Administration’s strategy for stopping intellectual property theft."

Gotta love that doublespeak."

The Internet

Submission + - Why are mobile plans so expensive in the US? (att.com) 4

Bantak writes: "I live in Europe, Austria to be exact. Last year I have been on vacation to Florida. I considered getting prepaid mobile broadband to use Google Maps and check mails. But when I saw the plans, I instantly revoked this idea.

Here is why:
On AT&T you pay $69.99/month for an unlimited voice plan plus $25.00/month for a 2GB data plan.
In Austria you can get a plan with 2010 minutes, 1000 SMS and 2GB per month for 25€ ($34) on Orange.

On Verizon you pay $50 for 1GB of mobile data with a prepaid plan. In Austria you get 1GB for as low as 4€ ($5.50).

Why is there such a huge difference between USA and Europe?"


Submission + - Steve Ballmer's desperate flight to Helsinki (networkworld.com)

jbrodkin writes: "Steve Ballmer was desperate to make the Nokia deal. With negotiations on the verge of falling apart because Nokia questioned Microsoft's dedication, Ballmer flew through snow and fog and even ditched his private jet for a commercial flight to make it to Helsinki in time for a meeting last month. Ballmer also threw billions of dollars at Nokia and promised them control over the phone platform's mapping program in order to secure the deal. Google wasn't willing to go that far."

Comment Call out Windows. (Score -1) 85

It's also an article that fails to call out Windows. Directors Desk is run on Windows, so the violation is not so much a case of NASDAQ not being able to "secure their network" as it is a case of no one being able to secure Windows. Most people know by now that sane stock exchanges use GNU/Linux, so they might think this was a GNU/Linux problem. NASDAQ, being very Microsoft/Madoff/crook friendly, did not mention the OS of the failed application either. Perhaps they were belatedly ashamed of being dumb enough to use IIS.

Comment boo hoo, good riddance (Score -1) 1

What silme. Anonymous published their smear campaign in full already, including their little charts of who they think Anonymous is. Backing out of conferences will save them the embarrassment of having to answer questions and gives them a chance to smear Anonymous. Given that their primary smear technique was harassment, planting things to discredit and other agent provocateur slime, HGBary's claims of death threats carry no credibility.

We should look to the perspective of the victims to gauge things instead. Try this one on for size:

the revelation of terror tools used so brazenly against political opponents in the private corporate sector is disturbing, to say the least. While the notion of paid political operatives subversively using social media to discredit opponents has long been suspected by many, here we have evidence that these tactics are, in truth, fairly common among those who can afford to deploy them. That commenter who always shows up to hijack a comment thread on a specific topic may very well be working for $250/hour

What a bunch of unAmerican trashbags.

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