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· Opensource-spice
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"On Tuesday, Microsoft was granted US Patent No. 7,536,726 (it was filed in 2005) for intentionally crippling the functionality of an operating system by 'making selected portions and functionality of the operating system unavailable to the user or by limiting the user's ability to add software applications or device drivers to the computer' until an 'agreed upon sum of money' is paid to 'unlock or otherwise make available the restricted functionality.' According to Microsoft, this solves a 'problem inherent in open architecture systems,' i.e., 'they are generally licensed with complete use rights and/or functionality that may be beyond the need or desire of the system purchaser.' An additional problem with open architecture systems, Microsoft explains, is that 'virtually anyone can write an application that can be executed on the system."

Read this ****.
 

· Opensource-spice
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I know a company's reason for doing something might be their original intent; but the power the patent gives the company wielding it still allows them to become just a bit more mac-ish.

I hope windows doesn't become a big bloated app-store.
 

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no, its using illegal tactics to force any competitors out :)
Welcome to America. Hi, I'm John Doe! I pay taxes and get ripped off on a daily basis.

This is my son, Jonathan Doe. He'll be something some day if "The Man" doesn't get to him.

When bill gates wakes up do you really think the first thing he says is omg what did GF and Gossamer did today i must know !!!11

Answer no
Like hell he doesn't, we're important people, goddamnit!
 
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