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« on: July 23, 2010, 07:27:57 PM »

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/technology-10741448

Reminds me of when Microsoft engaged in anti-competitive practices involving an unfair application advantage, calling IE an inseparable Windows "feature" and not an application.  I'm guessing there will be some Android apps that somehow fail to function properly on hardware that Win Mobile works flawlessly on.  Same might be guessed for Apple but I'm sure they will pay the required "inside circle" fees to get premium access to Arm calls.

I'm a huge hater of knowledge secrecy as a means to wealth.  Sure, some things are understandably kept secret.  But a business model that depends on perpetually creating *new* things that require new knowledge to leverage, like an OS with secret API calls that make IE artificially "better" than FF, is a crime against humanity.  What's worse is how this sick practice is shrouded in honor and given protection in the name of Inventor's Rights, incentivizing business innovation and other such nonsense.

It's all a big game of insiders and outsiders, with money determining who's who.
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« Reply #1 on: July 24, 2010, 08:33:09 AM »

That is an interesting twist ... MS has had almost zero success with hardware efforts, why go for that (certainly monumental) expense? I don't think that licensed knowledge of the workings will make their phones tablets etc that have failed any better - and now they're within the licensing radar, so they can't take that code and run.

Kind of mysterious to me. 
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