RE: Another Microsoft XML patent
The patent wars are a cancer. Replication is not evolution. I'm an analyst. For better or worse, I have to tell the truth as I see it or I don't do the job. If it depresses you, you can imagine the effect I have on my co-workers and why they did their best to frag me to the point that I had to lock down my blog. Still standing. This isn't heroic or even brave; it is enlightened self-interest. Openness and transparency protect freedom. Even with the pain, it is better than ignorance because with knowledge, the future is pregnant with choices instead of inevitabilities. Stupid is bad for anyone regardless of how powerful or how pitiful. If you ever wonder why I stick close to the markup community, it is because they are the living working example of belief in the principles of openness and transparency and they backed that up with open standards and running code. Even the most repressive cannot overcome the relentless urge to communicate. len From: Alan Gutierrez [mailto:alan-xml-dev@e...] Thank you, Len. That was perfectly depressing. I like that someone is willing to say that frivolous software patents are currently used by large firms to coerce the market. I've not wanted to point out how naive that defense sounds for fear of falling into a left versus right perma thread about corporations, globalization, and whatnot. The threat does come from enormous patent portfolios filled with undergraduate computer science text. Thanks for this.
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