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Re: Gates Patents Flipping a Light Switch

From: phil hunt
Subject: Re: Gates Patents Flipping a Light Switch
Date: Sat, 15 May 2004 21:15:36 +0100
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On Sat, 15 May 2004 15:13:11 -0400, Barry Margolin <> wrote:
>In article <>,
> (phil hunt) wrote:
>> On Fri, 14 May 2004 16:45:21 -0400, Barry Margolin <> 
>> wrote:
>> >
>> >No, I didn't overlook it.  My point is that without patents, even these 
>> >rare wins would be virtually impossible.  Patents are one of the few 
>> >weapons a small player can wield against a behemoth like Microsoft.
>> On the contrary, patents help microsoft in their fight against pesky 
>> competition, especially that of the open source variety. MS *loves* 
>> patents, because it gives them the chance to make it a crime for 
>> anyone to compete with them.
>Of course it helps Microsoft.  It helps *everyone* -- big guys and 
>little guys.

So, IYO, criminalising open source software helps people who use 
open source software.

You're an idiot, aren't you?

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