__/ [ Mark Kent ] on Friday 04 August 2006 09:14 \__
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> Roy Schestowitz <newsgroups@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxx> espoused:
>> Microsoft, Nintendo sued over games controller
>> ,----[ Quote ]
>>| A case started in a Texas district court a few days back alleging
>>| that Nintendo and Microsoft had breached a game controller patent.
>>| Or two. Or more.
> I still find it hard to believe how it's possible to patent the use of
> something which it was clearly designed to do! A pressure sensor senses
> pressure, that's what it does...
> I think the whole patent system is a total mess.
Its messiness is the reason why FSF wants it out. How can a
programmer, for example, work Freely (capitalisation
intended) while there are thousands of patents out there
that restrict the use of particular algorithms (or
subcomponents) and subject these to accumulated royalties.
me to consider some of the ridiculous patents Bezos has
collected for Amazon. Even a site design that simplifies a
shopping experience becomes a violation; or the idea of
recommendation based on past preferences. As I said,
Microsoft is yet to witness why it's all poison that cannot
be used as anti-Linux FUD (as it will never stand in a
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