BASIC is one of the worst ways to start anyone in anything. I've written more lines of various dialects of BASIC than anything else, and they all suck, especially for beginners. I can almost forgive those guys at Dartmouth for inventing it, but not people like Gates who pushed it after it became obvious how bad it was.
"brought the GUI concept our of the xerox labs into the hands of many users"
Nice euphemism for "stole".
"That's the kind of thing we're staying away from here." The company will supposedly be focusing on commercial and small-business lawsuits, and will not be backing lawsuits by individuals.
Because patent trolls and the like are better???
This is a bad idea. I hope I'm not the one hit by an Audi that timed it to hit the intersection just as the light changed to green at 45mph while I'm making a left turn, waiting on the other Audi coming towards me that tried to squeeze the lemon and failed. A much better idea would be to indicate, long before reaching the intersection, what speed will allow the car to reach it after it turns green instead of zooming up to it and sitting at the red. Still better would be traffic lights aware of how many cars approach from each direction and attempt to change to allow as many cars through from any direction per unit time as possible. Which would make Audi's "feature" useless, because the light would change each time according to immediate conditions and not be predictable enough to indicate imminent change to the driver.
While they're at it, the lights should only change in favor of cars using turn signals when planning to turn. Most Audi drivers would be stuck forever.
Whatever is not nailed down is mine. Whatever I can pry up is not nailed down. -- Collis P. Huntingdon, railroad tycoon