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>>> I think dramatic change is needed, and a victory by Eolas looks to me to be the event most likely to bring about such change. The amount of money involved is pocket change for Microsoft in any case.
>> So, you're saying we should sit back and "sacrifice" several
>> hundred million dollars of Microsoft's money and mess up their product
>> plans in order to teach folk that the problem of bad patents is real?
> Yup. Sounds like it's worth a try to me.
>> Sorry, I'm just not quite that cold. Neither Microsoft nor
>> anyone else, no matter how small or large, deserves to be "sacrificed"
>> in such a manner. In this country [...]
Reminds me (again) of the well-formedness debate: whether an XML parser
should accept loose syntax, or reject it and force the originator to fix
it up. The claim is made that whilst the latter approach seems like it
will break systems more, it actually breeds reliability because
originators rapidly learn to be correct.
So, strictly enforcing dodgy patents is clearly the Way for the XML
Believer. :-) More generally, if courts were more rigid in their
application of the law, would it encourage politicians to leglislate
more sensibly? I doubt it, and yes, a lot of ordinary people would get
injured in the process. But sometimes it does happen, and we can hope