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AMD shutters German Linux lab, gives devs the axe

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Re: AMD chaos

And then they are getting hit by an Obama Tax Bill, closely followed by QE4.5 and the demand to raise wages across the board because purchasing power has degraded. Then comes an Apple Patent Lawsuit, an IRS audit because the the money paid for the democratic campaign was a tad low, increased energy costs because of a cakewalk with Iran, demands that they replace Silicium by Unobtanium because it's greener. Then union activists riot hard as they have discovered that work is being "exported" to faraway lands. Finally an accusatory film by a fat filmmaker with a baseball cap puts the company under for good.

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Seeing how AMD likes to have its processors in cluster applications which like to run Linux, with the competition on such clusters not Microsoft but Intel/NVIDIA, I tend to agree.

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Re: Dear theregister.co.usa

I, for one, welcome our democracy-exporting drone-dispatching grammatical hegemon!

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Apple engineers 'pay no attention to anyone's patents', court told

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Re: There is no reaction image for this

Yeah yeah, it's probably just been done a few hundred times before.

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There is no reaction image for this

Apple gets hit, but ... a patent on VPN setup? A patent on "security problems in DNS"? Really? Babby's first inventions?

As for "not paying attention to patents", AFAIK, you MUST NOT pay attention to patents because if it comes to a lawsuit and it turns out the infringed patent was known about, it's "double damages" for you.

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Bird of Prey: 1980s IT on on the small screen

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It may be available on DVD but for GBP 125 ... I thought there were laws against price gouging of essential goods in the wake of Hurricanes?

Torrent, please!

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GCHQ lines up BAE and pals for 'Cyber Incident Response'

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This can only end in penetration.

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Ohio voting machines have 'backdoor', lawsuit claims

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Re: Absentee ballots, pen and paper problems...

Can't be reached. Greg Palast is pretty solid AFAIK, but isn't this this "sharp practices" story from 2005 (so long ago already...) by Chris Floyd:

The copious documentation of the Bush fraud keeps growing. Last month, experts using actual machines and returns from the 2004 election showed Congress how a lone hacker could skew a precinct's results by 100,000 votes without leaving a trace. More than 40 million votes in 30 states were cast on such computer systems, BlackBoxVoting noted.

Late last year, Congress heard sworn testimony from Florida programmer Clint Curtis, who created vote-rigging software in 2000 at the request of Tom Feeny, a Bush Family factotum. Feeny wanted Curtis (a fellow Republican) and his employer, Yang Enterprises, to produce untraceable programs that could "control the vote" as needed, investigator Brad Friedman reported. Feeny also told Curtis of Bush plans to "suppress the black vote" with "exclusion lists." This is exactly what happened. BBC investigator Greg Palast has shown that tens of thousands of legitimate African-American voters were deliberately "purged" from the rolls by a private Republican-controlled corporation hired by Florida Governor Jeb Bush. Afterwards, Feeny -- who had been Jeb's running mate in his first gubernatorial campaign -- was rewarded for his dutiful service with a plum congressional seat.

In 2002, Raymond Lemme, a Florida state government inspector, took up Curtis' charges, which included other corruption allegations involving Feeny, Yang Enterprises and a Yang employee charged with peddling military technology to the Chinese. In June 2003, Lemme told Curtis he had "tracked the corruption all the way to the top" and that "the story would break in a few weeks." On July 1, 2003, Lemme was found dead in a Georgia hotel room, just across the Florida border.

Local police ruled that Lemme, a happily married man eagerly planning his daughter's wedding, had suddenly decided to slash his wrists. At first they said there were no photos of the death scene; but then the pictures turned up on the Internet and were confirmed as authentic by the embarrassed police. The photos clearly contradicted the original suicide report on several points -- presenting evidence, for example, that Lemme had been beaten before his death. The investigation was reopened after Curtis' Congressional testimony -- and then abruptly shut down after local police spoke to a never-identified "someone" in the Florida state government...

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Re: Voting Machine Company ..

Yeah but so what. It's not as if an investor suddenly loads his voting code into the machine.

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Re: proprietary software the US Government isn't allowed to see

Well, it wouldn't really be the "purchasing body" that would review it in this case. It would be posted on an FTP server and IT Security departments all over the world would then have a go. A reasonable step to take.

That would only be the first step - after that you have to be sure that the operational procedures are correct and secure and reliable and traceable, that the code on the machine is the correct one, that the overall tabulation is correct etc. etc.

I remember the Diebold voting machines barfing all over themselves ... well, I fear there may be overall shameful code, possibly a shared codebase with who-knows-what (ATMs, maybe?) which the companies involved don't want to see aired. At all. Because lawsuits might fly.

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Maybe not.

The latest "IEEE Security and Privacy" - "e-voting security edition" has this to say in the article "Electronic Voting Security 10 Years after the Help America Vote Act"

(That article is paywalled here but apparently free here. IEEE show really start to gets its act together).

"Merle S. King, executive director of the Center for Election Systems at Kennesaw State University, and Brian Hancock, director of voting system testing and certification at the US Election Assistance Commission,

discuss e-voting security 10 years after the Help America Vote Act."

The Help America Vote Act was ratified in 2002, dumping millions of dollars into the voting system market and resulting in a major shift from mechanical to electronic voting machines. Shortly thereafter, several academic studies on the security of these e-voting systems emerged. What’s your perception of e-voting system security in the first few years after HAVA?

Merle S. King: In general terms, the e-voting security movement wrapped too much around the security issue. Don’t get me wrong; security is very important, and e-voting introduced new challenges. But if proper procedures were followed, the machines were safe—we now have a history of thousands of anomaly-free elections conducted on DREs [direct-recording electronic voting machines].

Brian Hancock: I agree. The voting systems that caused the most fuss weren’t network connected, and the attacks that succeeded and were reported happened in a laboratory environment. I would like to have seen more realistic testing conducted in operational environments, with the normal electoral protections in place. As it was, exceptional security weaknesses were portrayed as normal, and situations that rarely occur were represented as common. DRE voting systems remain in wide use, and we still don’t have any reported incidents of confirmed security breaches with them.

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Mystery robot-bringing UFOs sighted by Indian troops on Tibet border

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Re: Wet blanket time:

Do we have antivaxers here tonight?

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Re: Hollywoods next big sequel

Ironman needs dumbing down?

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Re: Wet blanket time:

Well it's definitely not what El Reg wants you to think.

But as long as we don't veer into "flu vaccine just a trick by New World Order to forcefully reduce population count" I'm ok with this.

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We come in peace --- comrade!

Except if our Space Brothers were actually Space Communists ideologically inspired by Space Hegel and an Angry Galacto-Marx!

That would crap all over American Exceptionalism, too.

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Gundams!?

Clearly, a Japanese Space Nazi invasion of the Asian Mainland is scheduled! Softening up by Hurricanes has already begun - though targeting is clearly weak. Sieg Zeon, then.

"50 m away from them."

Damn those bashful scientists. Why not approach for a snatch & grab?

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CA Technologies sues New Relic over APM patents

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"We will vigorously take all steps necessary to ensure that our intellectual property is protected."

Some variable amount of "our" may apply.

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Epic FAIL: Anonymous didn't hack PayPal, managed to frighten Oz hippies

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For their next trick...

Successfully hacked 127.0.0.1....

Meanwhile Monsieur Cameron is touring Middle Eastern dictatorships whoring British wares and he's NOT BEING HACKED AT ALL.

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ARM Holdings licenses big chunk of MIPS patents

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Re: MIPs

Well, the good stuff will probably be found in ARM implementations soon. Is the instruction set really important anymore?

> Imagination says that MIPS will have to hold back $100m of the proceeds from the sales to cover taxes and other liabilities.

This irks me. Good money thrown into the swine's trough that won't be invested in useful things ... OM NOM NOM NOM.

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Apple to ditch Intel – report

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Re: Elephant, meet room

> ARM can't achieve anything remotely near the instructions-per-second ...

That doesn't make sense either from the arse or the genitals side. The instruction set should be pretty orthogonal to attainable "IPS" and indeed the ARM instruction set has been designed for speed and ease-of-implementation, I hear.

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Re: Rosetta

Whatever happened to .... Transmeta's Crusoe?

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Apple's anti-Googorola patent lawsuit tossed by US court

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Re: Did I blink and miss the alien invasion?

FRAND through Zeta Retiulcians?

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Re: Argh!

No that's not necessary. Delisting FLOSSMUELLER is enough.

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Kerching!

"And if you have a patent, every move by your competition looks like a lawsuit."

Totally, completely wrong saying.

Here we rather have the case of the legal caste strategically leaving loaded shotguns lying around to be found by the ego-blowupdolls and retarded babbys from the management layers, who then proceed to shoot each others and their own feet off.

Each shot, however, transforms overall value (for shareholders and the economy-at-large) magically into cashouts for the legal caste.

"Merchants of death", indeed.

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UN internet talkshop to meet, blue helmets still not poised to invade USA

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What is this shit?

> Content filtering is a prime example; few companies subscribe the to the US model of unlimited free speech.

Unlimited free speech in the US? Just a political talking point. For one, there are legal limits [hell, you may go to prison for publishing lewd comics in Pennsylvania] and then there are "things you just don't say" unless you want several TLAs on your ass. Foreigner bashing and outright National-Socialism, even from the Prez and Prez hopefuls, is A-OK, I will grant that.

> Many countries worry what unrestricted access to knowledge will do to their population.

I would say that many countries worry what unrestricted access to knowledge will do to their STATE APPARATUS. Remember the shitstorm about Wikileaks and its pretty mild exposure of the nest of craven idiots that are in the bureaucracy? Yes, that kind of worry.

> demonstrates how citizen journalism can go wrong

Unfortunately the last ten years of unlimited warfare and clueless economic policy and the next four years which to all indication will be far worse, possibly with a few nukes being popped off [and not by Iran because it doesn't have any] show how mainstream journalism is consistently wrong in its message or assessments. Does anyone discuss that? Should we ban the Neocon Post and the War Street Journal from the Internets?

This looks like another discussion round of wankers who know they want more statist control but don't yet know how to sell this program. Or maybe they just want a nice holiday in Baku.

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Army patents neural chip design for quantum internet

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What is this shit?

That was a contentless technobabble article, with the obligatory "quantum" thrown in. Also "non-Lipschitz function" because it sounds good. That might designate a Lipschitz-Continuous function, which is basically a function that doesn't do arbitrarily strong jumps or decays into disconnected points.

Is this the bridge of the Enterprise?

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Microsoft's 32GB Surface RT has 16GB of free storage

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Like the good old times

1) Buy a computer with "64 Kilobyte RAM"

2) Switch on

3) ????

4) "32450 Bytes Free"

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Martian atmosphere pristine, totally free of fart gas, reports Curiosity

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Is there something in the coffee?

How the hell do they manage to be excited searching for something?

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Naughty-step Apple buries court-ordered apology with JavaScript

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The Theory of Relativity!

I don't know. From inside the Reality Distortion Field everything looks fine.

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Mexican Zetas ENSLAVING engineers to run crimelords' radio net

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Re: The Libertarian paradise

Clearly, we currently have the anti-libertarian paradise. No surprises here.

In other news:

Charles Bowden, who has written several books about Mexico and drug trafficking, said policy failures have exacerbated the problems. “The war on drugs is over,” he said. “There are more drugs in the U.S. of higher quality and at a lower price." (...) “In the U.S., murder is bad for their drug business,” he said. “In Mexico, it is business.”

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Re: The Libertarian paradise

Well, maybe you should actually read up on Ayn Rand and "property rights" and stuff instead of beaming in from some leftist mind launderette. Thank you for your understanding.

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KDE 'annoys the hell of' Linus Torvalds

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Isn't there a difference:

Apple users : Buy the stuff, then whine about others not liking it

Linux users: Build the stuff, then whine about how it's not yet perfect

Windows users: Dunno, probably fall down stairs

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Files aren’t property, says US government

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A slight correction:

If the US Gov files are not the property of the US Gov, then the US Gov, naturally, can not give them to you, if indeed such files would, indeed, exist.

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Re: @NomNomNom -- If files are not property...

> No, but you can give them the data within the file

That would mean that there is something called "data" that can be within a "file" but is not, actually, the "file" in and of itself (i.e. the bytestream - one shall abstract from problems of how that bytestream is internally represented or even coded on the disk or in RAM or on tape).

That seems nonsensical.

You could go all marketing hog and say that within the "data" there is "knowledge" that is not, in and of itself, the "data". And within the "knowledge" there is "wisdom", which is not, in and of itself the "knowledge". All equally bizarre statements that have no grounding whatsoever.

Ultimately it comes to down to the similarity of these situations:

"I want access to the bytestream on the server in front of which you put armed goons. I put it there when access to the server was permitted. Give it to me!"

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"I want access to the notebook in the locker in front of which you put armed goons. I put it there when access to the locker was permitted. Give it to me!"

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Big Data's big issue: Where are all the data scientists coming from?

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Which means you won't find any.

Fluff and more fluff.

I hope someone invents brain pills soon.

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Greek journo who published list of Swiss bank account holders cleared

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War is Peace, Freedom is Slavery, Wise Investment is Tax Evasion

"Tax evasion is widely seen as an important factor in Greek's economic malaise"

So-called "Tax evasion" is *always* an important factor in an "economic malaise", if not in reality then at least in the political showroom full of noise and thunder.

There are always those that think that State Owns Everything does not actually need to restrict its means and can indeed spend more than comes in. This leads to the conclusion that someone, somewhere, hasn't paid enough if the chicken comes home to roost.

Perfected doublethink then blends out the fact that the enormous public debt was politically easy to accumulate because of preferential EUR rates, that there is no money left in pension schemes and social security and that everything went to make-work schemes, public amusements, public *servant* amusements, military adventures, special projects for cronies and well-connected cousins and that now there is no way out any longer.

It may be that the "tax evaders" are the aforementioned "cronies", so they should get what they deserve - but not because of tax evasion but because of cronyism. And the politicians should be hung alongside.

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Businessweek: 'It's Global Warming, Stupid'

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Can't disagree, so more nuclear and solar collectors in orbit then?

An no green moaning!

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British judge: Say you're sorry Apple... this time like you MEAN it

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Not sure whether Troll

> Suddenly, your legal department becomes a major cost centre and that's bad for business.

Seriously, have you just discovered that?

> Apple didn't start this tit-for-tat cycle of litigation. They could easily have settled out of court (or even just bought the plaintiff outright); they certainly have the money.

Wait, what? Apple buys Samsung what. The hell?

> This isn't business. It's politics.

You mean Apple selflessly highlights problems with the current IP regime? Well, some people believe there are aliens in US army fridges, so who knows?

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Re: Apple FOLLOWED judges ruling

> Apple did what I expected of them.

I may seem, however, that's totally irrelevant to the case on hand because no-one cares what you expect of Apple.

NEXT!

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WTF?

Hold on --- if real, could someone at Apple actually think that kind of trickery will pass without eliciting a powerful level-20 nastygram from the court?

Genius. Leaning out of a rolling train.

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Re: El Reg gets a name check...

I like it how the most important part of El Reg are considered the WEEKLY WORLD NEWS HEADLINES and the forums.

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We Kpop now!

> gambling is forbidden in SouthKoera

Passing over the spelling, an asian country in which gambling is forbidden? C'est contre nature. No, gambling is not forbidden in South Korea.

"South Korea airport plans $3 billion casino resort"

No, it sure is not.

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FTC shuts down five US robocall operations

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Ok, now....

Can the FTC also cut the comms between Treasury, the Federal Reserve Management Board and Goldman Sachs for example? Or better yet, put them all in fully autistic mode? More people would be saved than the ones targeted by robocalls.

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New York tech firms form 'bucket brigade' to fuel flagging servers

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Re: Joining forces?

That kind of drama place only exists in Progressive's hindbrains, which is why they are hellbent on forcing everyone to help each other all the time.

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Apple axed Brit retail boss for doing his job well - TOO well, perhaps

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So, a backhanded way to usher in the 30-hour week ahead of the french, is it? Obama, you sly fox, you!

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A history of personal computing in 20 objects part 1

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You want "personal"?

Maintenance manual for the mechanical targeting computer onboard Navy Ships:

http://hnsa.org/doc/op1140a/index.htm

Babbage would approve.

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Ailing Comet at last prayers: Cawing of accountants and VCs fills air

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Re: look at the reasons

Quite so. But in order to have all those "positive shop experiences" (in particular, well informed staff - a PDF or a point-by-point comparison from the Internet is very hard to beat by a human), and the risk of customers then turning around and "buying off the net" anyway, I can't imagine the shop can make any money competing against a well-stocked, well-done and reputable online shop. Checkmate for this kind of economical actor?

Wrinkled mummified zombie icon, then.

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Huawei reaches out to critical German hacker over router flaws

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"It remains to be seen whether improving the security and reliability of its products will convince governments such as the US and Australia that Huawei doesn’t pose a national security risk, however."

Don't make me laugh. This is like expecting "governments" (scare quotes mandatory) such as the US to agree that Iran doesn't actually pose a nuclear threat - it's very inconclusive, after all it's just its own intelligence assessments, its generals, and the IAEA (the latter under a lather of sexed-up scary cat innuendos, to be sure) which say so.

Point is, political decision is political.

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El Reg acquires wildly dangerous laser cannon (with lightsabre option)

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She's not a real Jedi

The pajama pants give it away.

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'We invented Windows 8 Tiles in the 1990s', says firm suing Microsoft

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Actually, when software patents were discussed, I think I remember Microsoft basically sitting in the corner and saying neither Nay nor Aye. The lawyer types however, were salivating everywhere while dire predictions came from the technical press. I would need to dig up some old IEEE magazines for that though.

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