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  • Will Legal Troubles Kill Google? [View article]
    The thread here was about open source, and whether Google could consider itself an "open source company." I said that the test of whether you're open source is whether you contribute code back to the community.

    Apple has, in fact, contributed some code, notably Webkit. But most of what it has it holds as strictly proprietary, including its OS X, which is based on a BSD Linux yet treated as completely proprietary by Apple.

    Critics who claim Google is making a Linux proprietary with Android and should have no rights in the market might do well to consider that.
    Jul 6 08:42 PM | Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Will Legal Troubles Kill Google? [View article]
    The purpose of my article was to ask a question, not answer it. The question was whether the present legal environment could destroy legal through court-imposed royalties on vague patents.

    We don't know the answer to that, but those who would seek an affirmative answer better be careful what they wish for, because what they would wish for, in a sense, are monopolies in every line of business and for every software advance. Along with monopoly rents going out nearly two decades in every case.

    To my way of thinking, that does not encourage innovation.
    Jul 6 08:40 PM | Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Will Legal Troubles Kill Google? [View article]
    Google has done a lot more than that. PageRank was a new way of ordering Web data so that people became more likely to find what they were looking for. (The Page in the word is CEO Larry Page.) It did this by considering links to the pages in question, and links to those links, evaluating the whole in what was then a very new way.

    Google's business innovation was to buy the largest Web ad agencies and adapt its software algorithms to their use, so you are more likely to see relevant ads.

    This idea that they know all about us, and sell personally identifiable information, isn't true.
    Jul 6 08:38 PM | Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Will Legal Troubles Kill Google? [View article]
    The purpose of a patent is to encourage innovation. A patent that can't be worked around doesn't do that - it's a government grant of an absolute monopoly covering 17 years, which in software is closer to forever.

    Had software patents been around in the 1980s, in their present form, Microsoft Windows could never have been created. They first appear in the literature in the 1981 case of Diamond vs. Diehr en.wikipedia.org/wiki/..., which involved a specific digital control over a rubber-making process, and the patentability of software is far from absolute en.wikipedia.org/wiki/...

    The real mischief was done here by the Supreme Court in the State Street case of 1998 en.wikipedia.org/wiki/... upholding a business method patent.

    The court could have cleared this up in Bilski vs. Kappos, but refused to do so. I consider that legal malpractice in the first degree.
    Jul 6 08:35 PM | Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Pres. Obama's "original sin" is his "failure to demand a reckoning from the moneyed interests who brought the economy down," Frank Rich asserts - a simple explanation for the current troubles but not accurate, Derek Thompson counters. "Unemployment suffers today not because of, but independent of, Wall Street's success. That is the simple, boring truth."  [View news story]
    I don't have to buy from a company after a bailout. I don't have to put my money into Goldman Sachs because of TARP. That's loony.

    Fact. The U.S. auto industry is back on its feet. Fact, it's only alive because of the bailout. Fact, many southern Republicans (with foreign-owned assembly plants in their states) opposed said bailout.

    You can have your own opinion, but please don't insist on having your own facts.
    Jul 6 04:25 PM | 2 Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Will Legal Troubles Kill Google? [View article]
    No. Chrome crashed on me, repeatedly earlier this year. So I switched full-time to Mozilla Firefox.

    But Webkit is a good open source technology.
    Jul 6 04:23 PM | Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • JA Solar Hit by Wafer Market Whipsaws [View article]
    My guess is it has to do with the general slowdown going on in China right now. High inflation, rising currency, labor strife. You think you got troubles? Have a beer with a Chinese entrepreneur tonight. He may let you buy.
    Jul 6 04:22 PM | Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Apple vs. Google: The Client vs. the Network [View article]
    One way Microsoft is already getting ahead in mobile is by shaking down Android phone makers for per-unit payments based on Microsoft claims of patent violations. They want $15/phone from Samsung, which is just what their Windows Mobile licenses cost.

    Meanwhile, back in the real world, they're going nowhere fast. I am hopeful this will change as the days of government supervision fade into memory.
    Jul 6 04:20 PM | Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Will Legal Troubles Kill Google? [View article]
    The test is contribution. Google has contributed.
    Jul 6 04:18 PM | Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Will Legal Troubles Kill Google? [View article]
    Apple's not just behind Google in research. It's behind nearly everyone.

    Long term research is how successful companies give back. Apple benefited enormously from such research in its start-up phase. It has yet to give back much of anything.

    Doesn't have anything to do with my view of the stock, though. I think it's a good stock and a very well-run company.
    Jul 6 04:17 PM | Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Pres. Obama's "original sin" is his "failure to demand a reckoning from the moneyed interests who brought the economy down," Frank Rich asserts - a simple explanation for the current troubles but not accurate, Derek Thompson counters. "Unemployment suffers today not because of, but independent of, Wall Street's success. That is the simple, boring truth."  [View news story]
    If you would read anything outside your ideological sphere, you might learn something.
    Jul 6 02:39 PM | 1 Like Like |Link to Comment
  • Apple vs. Google: The Client vs. the Network [View article]
    I hope it's not an argument. It's really more of a misunderstanding, that I perpetuated, concerning what I wrote. No one who has commented to the point has appeared argumentative. They just assume that an ISP sells bandwidth. You don't have to sell it to be an ISP, is all.

    Thanks for writing.
    Jul 6 02:38 PM | Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Microsoft Wins the HealthVault Battle, Loses the Hospital War [View article]
    Quick correction to the story above. A Microsoft spokesperson wrote to clarify the company's position regarding Amalga.

    "A year ago, Microsoft discontinued sales and development of a different product - Amalga Hospital Information System (HIS). This product was targeted exclusively at hospitals in Asia Pacific that required a complete, all-in-one hospital information system."

    Microsoft continues to market that main Amalga product line.

    "Microsoft is completely committed to Amalga (formerly called Amalga UIS), an enterprise health intelligence platform currently used by more than 120 hospitals in the U.S. and now being sold worldwide. Recently announced Amalga customers include Metropolitan Chicago Healthcare Council, TeamPraxis, and Norton Healthcare."

    The American Hospital Association counts 5759 hospitals in the U.S. www.numberof.net/numbe.../

    I regret any misunderstanding and will endeavor to correct the main story.
    Jul 6 02:34 PM | Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • News Corp.'s New Direction [View article]
    I am thinking of updating this piece, because the News of the World scandal, tapping into the phones of news makers (even murder victims), is threatening the BSkyB deal.

    If that doesn't happen, James Murdoch's strategy goes away. And the company is now under pressure to sell NOTW, the country's most profitable paper, over the scandal.
    Jul 6 02:04 PM | Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Pres. Obama's "original sin" is his "failure to demand a reckoning from the moneyed interests who brought the economy down," Frank Rich asserts - a simple explanation for the current troubles but not accurate, Derek Thompson counters. "Unemployment suffers today not because of, but independent of, Wall Street's success. That is the simple, boring truth."  [View news story]
    Speaking of autos, who bailed out the auto industry? And who opposed it?

    Also, define "imported." Many foreign nameplates actually assemble their goods here, and even use some American parts. There's a Kia plant in West Point, GA, Mercedes in Alabama, Toyota in Tennessee.

    Which is why many southern congresscritters, who happen to be Republican, were so dead-set against the bailout, and did all they could to prevent it.
    Jul 6 02:02 PM | 1 Like Like |Link to Comment
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