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05.10.12

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    • DVDs and Blu-rays will now carry two unskippable government warnings

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      This counter attack is defensive. Rather than validating the patent system, it shows how wasteful it is. I’m looking forward to a string of such lawsuits against every product Microsoft has.

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      While Rackable changed its name to Silicon Graphics International… the original company actually retained the patents, and renamed itself Graphics Properties Holdings … In the last year alone it has sued Apple, HTC, LG, RIM, Samsung, Sony, Acer, ASUS, Panasonic, Sharp, Toshiba, Vizio and Motorola Mobility.

      History lesson, SGI was killed by Microsoft mole, Richard Belluzzo. I wonder why Nokia is not on the list.

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