OT: evil realnetworks

Tim Writer tim-s/rLXaiAEBtBDgjK7y7TUQ at public.gmane.org
Fri Jul 30 17:22:54 UTC 2004

Fraser Campbell <fraser-eicrhRFjby5dCsDujFhwbypxlwaOVQ5f at public.gmane.org> writes:

> Hi,
> Apple is accusing Realnetworks of resorting to hacker ethics and tactics, what 
> an evil bunch of people must reside at realnetworks!  Imagine letting users 
> of Real's software and music site transfer songs to an iPod, how dare anyone 
> but apple do that!  Words like DMCA are being thrown around though it doesn't 
> sound like there's a lawsuit yet.  The story was in the national post but 
> isn't available online so here is a different version ... 
> http://www.goupstate.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20040730/ZNYT05/407300414/1051/NEWS01
> In other example of astounding innovation, Microsoft has patented methods for 
> displaying pictures organized by their date.  Wow, I can't wait for that one, 
> I'd post a URL but I've wasted enough bytes for today.

Forget prior art, what about the non-obvious requirement for patents.  Here's
a method for displaying pictures organized by date:

    display `/bin/ls -t *.jpg`                  [1]

or in zsh:

    display *.jpg(om)

Did I just infringe their patent?  Oops!

[1] Display is from ImageMagick.

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