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    Re: Microsoft patent crap exposed

    Thanks, Barnes and Nobles.


    Here are the six patents that Redmond is using to bully such companies as HTC, Samsung and Amazon:

    Background image loading. This patent deals with an antiquated method of downloading an embedded background image. It is geared towards people using dial-up connections, which shows its age. It is a bit puzzling that it’s being applied to Android; last we checked the data rate for smartphones is well above 56Kbps.

    Operating system provided tabs. Another head-scratcher here, Microsoft is saying that it has the rights to “tabs that work like dividers in a notebook” that are OS-generated. What’s interesting is IBM already proved this patent as invalid back in 1992 during the OS/2 days. Tabs are something that are present in all platforms on the market. Why wait until now to drag this dead horse back out?

    Handles when selecting text. Are you beginning to see the pattern of ridiculousness here? Redmond’s lawyers are saying that they own the right to the handles that appear when a user selects text on a device. The problem with this one is that the patent does not provide the code that was used to achieve the handles — so who knows if B&N, or any other Android users, are actually infringing.

    Annotation of electronic documents. This is the process of capturing annotations made in an e-book or similar document without changing the original copy. It sounds like Microsoft is losing a ton of money on this one.
    Web browser loading status icons.

    Simulating mouse inputs using non-mouse devices. So every touchscreen ever created should have to pay royalties or licensing fees to Microsoft.


    http://www.extremetech.com/computing...y-barnes-noble

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    Re: Microsoft patent crap exposed

    regarding the mouse one... not to mention every touchpad as well since that isn't a mouse....

    about using a wacom tablet device as a mouse?

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    Re: Microsoft patent crap exposed

    Already posted here. http://ubuntuforums.org/showthread.php?t=1770946

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