This and the previous modem discussion has just reminded me of one of the
stupid patents I heard about a few months back. Lucent, those darling
producers of "Cheap'n'Nasty" modems (patent pending) hold a patent on sine
and cosine lookup tables. So anyones whos ever drawn a optimised
Long live the confused,
Bother! said Pooh, as his head exploded.
On Wed, 26 Jan 2000, Justin Mason wrote:
> > Market bloodbaths are what we should strive for, when companies
> > attempt to kill each other in the market place the beneficiary is the
> > consumer.
>> OK -- but in this case they're using bad patents as a weapon, and the
> consumer will not benefit from it. It's not in the spirit of fair
> competition on an even playing field.
>> There's a good article in (IIRC) Red Herring last month about this;
> apparently the "robber barons" of the last century used exactly the
> "bad patent" technique as well. Well worth a read!
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