Friday, November 19, 2004

Microsoft Outsources Jack-Booted Thugs

Microsoft, apparently having decided that spreading fear and insults will not, unfortunately, make Linux go away, looks like its changing tactics. The Register ran this article about Microsoft using the WTO to enforce its rapidly-expanding patent portfolio world-wide. And this comes not from any Halloween memos, but from a public speech by Ballmer to a number of Asian governments.

Also in the article is a link to what may become my favorite junk patent since Amazon's "one-click shopping" -- MS got a patent on implmenting the C "!=" (not equal) operator in BASIC. Ummm, hint, guys -- putting something in your language that every other programming language already has, and should have been in yours from the beginning, is not revolutionary.

No comments: