you might want to think
about your tolerance for informed
The problem is, how do we distinguish
between you and a
common troll? Now that is a really big problem! I, and
probably many others here, find it really hard to believe
that any well
informed individual does not "understand" what
is really going on...
have Microsoft who thinks nothing of using mafioso
tactics to maintain
dominance in this world. We see them
entering the device market with smart
phones and tablets
that don't measure up to the expectations of the market.
Microsoft has no hope of competing with their current
devices. So what do they do? Fall back on
their tried and proven mafioso
tactics. They launch a
whisper campaign to disparage Google. They employ astro
turfing, using people who's comments are indistinguishable
from your comments,
to post in forums across the internet.
Microsoft send out press
releases from their lawyers to
confuse the issues. They have a bevy of
reporters in their
pockets to spread their propaganda.
They gather up
allies to attack Google's successful
Search business. They employ their
considerable clout in Washington to get the FTC to
Google for anticompetitive behaviour. This is a
whole topic in itself, but any
well informed person would
consider it a baseless accusation. (Google is not a
monopoly. They only have 67% of the search market. Their
search service is
free. Nobody has a dime invested in it.
The competition is just a mouse click
away. etc, etc)
Microsoft launch a campaign to harass and shakedown
Android OEMs over patents, employing troll techniques, to
make it appear that
every Android OEM is obliged to pay a
tax to Microsoft.
We know from
the only instance where the details became
public (Barns & Noble), these
are low quality software
patents. It appears it is cheaper for these OEMs to
agreement with Microsoft that allows Microsoft to imply they
paying a tax rather than fight back in court.
On the Apple side, we
have a company that has vowed to
"wage thermonuclear war" against Android. They
are using a
broken patent system in this endeavour to attack
Meanwhile, speaking of Android - for the first time in
history we have what is fast becoming a universal platform,
based on Free
& Open Source. The significance of this for
all of humanity, who suffered
for decades under Microsoft's
domination, cannot be understated.
have the "Forces of Darkness", as we are found of
calling them, Apple &
Microsoft, ganged up against Android.
Both these companies are doing
everything they can, using
dirty tactics to get Android kicked out of the
Then when Google, Motorola, or Samsung fight back, it is
advantageous to both Apple & Microsoft to point their
fingers at the use
of FRAND patents. If they can undermine
the power of those FRAND patents, they
Of course we worry about patents here.
We have dedicated
several discussion to the issue. FRAND patents make us
nervous too, but now is not the time to worry about them,
when there are much
bigger issues at stake. To focus on
FRAND patents at this moment would be like
legs out from under them.
It is hard for me to
understand how anybody could not
"care who "wins" the Apple/Samsung
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