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Barnes & Noble Names Microsoft's Disputed Android Patents 386

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Julie188 writes "B&N is really blowing the lid off of what Microsoft is doing and how they are forcing money from Android. It has accused Microsoft of requiring overly restricted NDA agreements from those even entering into patent license talks. Because it is disputing Microsoft's claims, and the restrictions of its own NDA signed with Redmond, B&N has gone public. It has named in detail six patents that it says Microsoft is using to get Android device makers to pay up. Plus, B&N is also trying to force open Microsoft's other plans for stomping out Android, including the agreement Redmond made with Nokia, and Nokia's patent-troll MOSAID."
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Barnes & Noble Names Microsoft's Disputed Android Patents

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  • by thomas.galvin (551471) <slashdot@thomas- ... om minus painter> on Tuesday November 15, 2011 @02:54PM (#38062994) Homepage

    First, B&N chooses an open format, ePub, for the Nook.

    Second, they make the Nook easily rootable.

    Third, they tell Microsoft to go fuck themselves.

    I'm feeling better and better about choosing Nook over Kindle every day.

  • by ackthpt (218170) on Tuesday November 15, 2011 @02:57PM (#38063014) Homepage Journal

    It's like my new super hero is kicking arse and taking names and has a big B&N crest in his chest.

    Well played, Barnes and Noble!

  • Re:Ugh. (Score:5, Funny)

    by ackthpt (218170) on Tuesday November 15, 2011 @03:05PM (#38063134) Homepage Journal

    The N900 was nice though.
    Nokia used to be better. They were fostering Qt, after all, and Qt is awesome.
    This is just...absurdly evil. 90s Microsoft, cartoonish evil. How did they possibly think this was a good idea?

    Perhaps the chair struck back and in his delirium Ballmer thought it was a sane strategy.

    Have to say, it smacks of the sort of desperation Microsoft (under Bill Gates) sought to destroy Java.

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  • by Pope (17780) on Tuesday November 15, 2011 @03:20PM (#38063356)

    Whoa whoa whoa.

    Ayn Rand.

    Andrew Ryan.

    Dude, you just blew my mind.

  • by Baloroth (2370816) on Tuesday November 15, 2011 @03:25PM (#38063434)
    Stupid parasites. They should ask "Would you kindly give me my share?" Helps to be polite.
  • Re:Well now (Score:5, Funny)

    by Tsingi (870990) <graham@rick.gmail@com> on Tuesday November 15, 2011 @03:38PM (#38063690)

    My God, what have we become?

    Peasants.

  • by Anonymous Coward on Tuesday November 15, 2011 @03:55PM (#38064098)

    Occupy large intestine!

  • by tepples (727027) <.moc.liamg. .ta. .selppet.> on Tuesday November 15, 2011 @04:19PM (#38064548) Homepage Journal

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    Ein Volk. Ein Reich. Ayn Rand.

  • by Sloppy (14984) on Tuesday November 15, 2011 @05:07PM (#38065392) Homepage Journal

    People have known for decades that it's sometime useful to give users feedback about something that takes a long time, by displaying a progress meter or at least "Please wait" or "loading" or "initializing the galaxy." When GUIs got popular, displaying it as an icon was natural. When small screens started to get more popular, it became somewhat common to eschew fixed-position widgets in favor of using the entire screen as a "content area" because there was so little to spare for scrollbars, status displays, or whatever.

    Yet despite this situation, no one could figure out how to display a loading status icon in a content area. Or at least no one easily could. But then Microsoft Research applied themselves to the problem, and with a lot of insight, experiments, trial and error, hard work, and just plain luck, they figured out how to do it. I've never seen a Microsoft handheld computer, but presumably they used the novel solution in a product. But nobody wanted it, so it died. And Microsoft, too, may some day die.

    The secret for how to display a status icon in a content area, could become lost when Microsoft dies. But no. Not willing to let their efforts be buried by the sands of time as a lost trade secret, they took advantage of patent law, which gave them a brief monopoly (a mere 20 years within the millennia that people have been doing mathematics) for which We The Public received public disclosure for how their invention works.

    And what did Google and Barnes & Noble do? They renegged on the disclosure-for-monopoly deal!! Instead of having to figure out on their own, how to display a status icon in a content area, they dishonorably read through all of Microsoft patents, learned all the secrets ("aha! That's how to display a status icon, where the icon is in the content area! Ingenious!") and defied the monopoly.

    And here you all are, blaming the victim, Microsoft. Yet without Microsoft, would you know how to display an icon inside a content area instead of outside it? Or would you be pounding your keyboards in frustration? "It doesn't compile!" or "It doesn't run right! There's my icon, but it's outside of the content area! How did they do it!" or "There's my icon inside the content area, but WTF, it doesn't say 'Loading'! How is the user supposed to know it's loading something, if I can't figure out how to make the icon say 'Loading'?!" Please, people, think of the inventors and their technical solutions. Without the monopoly, they might not have had any incentive at all, to solve the long-standing mystery.

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