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Re: Sharing the Family PC is Patent-Pending

From: John
Subject: Re: Sharing the Family PC is Patent-Pending
Date: Sat, 08 May 2004 01:19:17 GMT
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Daeron wrote:

> Rahul Dhesi wrote:
>> But implementing this in a Microsoft operating system is a "new use",
>>  don't you think?
> Unix and Vaxes have been around for about twenty years and multi
> tasking. Context switching I believe they called it. Yet this method
> Micros~1 has suddenly decided they own.
> Notice how he refers to 'most operating system' not being able to
> multitask. Most Windows systems not being able to multitask that is.
> It's as if the last twenty years of computing did not happen.
> "The present invention provides improved methods and arrangements for
> use in multiple user computing environments"
> As usual they co-opt a standard methodology and pollute it enough with
> feetures so as to claim ownership. Lying crooked bastards - all of them.
> "Certain solutions, such as, for example, the "Identity Manager"
> available in Microsoft Outlook Express .." - *SNORT*
> They're obviously relying on the Patent examiner being as dumb as a door
> post. (Gee wizz you can log in to a computer and get your own
> personalized work space)

Then, perhaps, we should contest this patent. Maybe if a few of us stand up
to this kind of abuse, Microsoft will think twice about patenting
everything they allegedly "invented" that was, in fact, prior art.

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