Watch how hard the man tries to make his ‘invention’ sound like a complicated idea (link).
The video relates to a very recent case and it was only made available a week ago. It should hopefully illustrate the obviousness of patents that get accepted nowadays, be them software-related or not.
I could probably make some money selling my mother’s blood, if I had no conscience. Or I could rob a liquor store. There’s money in that, I hear. Profit isn’t the only indicator of whether a deal is a good idea or not.
A couple years ago (sorry, I forget the date) at the first software conference in the Boston area that Dan Bricklin helped set up, I went to it and heard Jack Messman stand up and state that if we all used Novell’s Linux we’d be
indemnified against SCO’s claims, and that their Linux was the only one that provided that assurance.
At the time I thought that was a bit crass. The basic philosophy apparently remains there even though Mr. Messman is gone.
It will no longer be assumed that Messman was much better than the current management, but nevertheless, his words were not action.