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Columns Of Spiders and Flies

Discussion in 'Article Discussion' started by Tim S, 20 Jun 2007.

  1. Tim S

    Tim S Well-Known Member

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  2. perplekks45

    perplekks45 LIKE AN ANIMAL!

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    Interesting thoughts about that weird move by MS. And good ones/correct ones me thinks.
    It'd be nice to hear more of those stories. Not because they improve believe in the western laws and courts but because they show how shady the global playing companies really are. ;)
    That one actually made me smile. Soooo true. :)
     
  3. Bursar

    Bursar New Member

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    But you missed the bit where Immersion are now claiming that because they 'settled' with Sony out of court, it's not actually a settlement in legal terms, so they don't have to pay MS.

    If that stands up (and it seems flakey at best to me), then Immersion will be the ones laughing all the way to the bank!
     
  4. iwog

    iwog Linux cursed

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    Who needs day time tv when you have Sony, M$ and Apple. I think the writers or Neighbours and Hollyoaks could learn a few tricks here.
     
  5. completemadness

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    this article is spot on what i was thinking, this is just a way to push Sony around, got a big competitor, just work around a direct assault and remove the foundations from their business

    This is a sickening thing to happen, Sony has made some mistakes in its time yes, but its still a leading console maker, and $90m for a motor with an off balance disc of metal, that's just crazy

    Hell how can you even patent a disc of metal that isn't balanced, I'm sure people knew how to make a rumble effect before 'Immersion' came along
     
  6. coniferous

    coniferous What's a Rotary Power Tool?

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    Great article! certainly outlines the major issues with the patent system today.

    Although i kinda have an issue with the way people will bitch and complain about patents, but nobody seems to know any good way to fix the system..

    I know i don't, its hard to protect an honor a inventors idea.

    Heres another question - Nintendo uses force feedback all the time, did they settle with these people?
     
  7. Tyinsar

    Tyinsar 6 screens 1 card since Nov 17 2007

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    Brett, this is exactly what I thought when I read the story. :thumb: :clap: (now get out of my head - it's already too crowded)
     
  8. Phil Rhodes

    Phil Rhodes Hypernobber

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    Why exactly is this not illegal collusion?

    Phil
     
  9. malcolm

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    The last opinion piece on BT I read was pretty below par... I didn't say anything because iirc it was the writers first time on the block. This however provides some truly interesting insight into what's really going on. Bravo BitTech, no wonder I keep coming back for more :)
     
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    Excellent article.

    Sorry for not saying more, but there isn't really all that much to say.
     
  11. scq

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    I love US litigation!
     
  12. Goty

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    Great article; I've been saying essentially the same thing on other websites I frequent and I've been flamed for it every time. (I hate being on the less-popular side of the fence =P)

    IMHO, Sony should sue MS for anti-competitive practices.
     
  13. WildTangent

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    I always look forward to your columns Brett, and this one sure didn't disappoint. Great work as always... you hit the nail right on the head.
     
  14. julianmartin

    julianmartin resident cyborg.

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    I'll second that!
     
  15. Constructacon

    Constructacon Constructing since 1978

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    Great article.

    So if Immersion won $110m from Sony, MS would actualy be paid back everything that they paid out in the first place. Based on sales (4.5:1) Sony's settlement could have been as much as $117m. MS could have convievably profited in this case with the terms of their settlement. Talk about underhanded. No wonder Immersion only disclosed the settlement as >$90m.
     
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    Wow thats some crazy stuff right there. Good article.
     
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    I totaly agree, M$ is a twisted beast. They use some small comapany that has a little leverage to tackle and hurt its competitors. Even though they went about it a "legally"... its still wrong.

    And what is with all the lawsuits being thrown at Sony recently anyway? The bigger the name, the easier the target?
     
  18. yakyb

    yakyb i hate the person above me

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    very interesting i have to admit i was totally unaware of this great article brett
     
  19. mikeuk2004

    mikeuk2004 What you Looking at Fool!

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    Interesting read and im just waiting for the next episode where XXXX sues XXXX :)
     
  20. Hugo.B

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    That's one of my favorite Scott quotes, and highly applicable.


    H.B.
     
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