Seagate Decides It Can't Compete With Solid State; Sues Over Patents

from the shows-how-comfortable-Seagate-is dept

Just a few weeks ago, we noted that Seagate's CEO appeared to be admitting that his company didn't have a real strategy to compete with the growing threat of solid-state flash drives competing against traditional hard drives. Instead, he said that if the competition got too hot, he'd just sue for patent infringement. Basically, he was admitting that he was planning to use patents in exactly the opposite of the way they were intended to be used. He'd use them to block an innovative new competitor, but only once that competition became serious enough. Apparently, Seagate believes that moment is now, as we're seeing more and more laptops hit the market with solid state drives, so Seagate has filed its first patent infringement lawsuit against a maker of the technology. Basically, the company is admitting that it can't actually compete or make a better product, so its strategy is to sue competitors. It's a pretty weak response, but thanks to our patent system, it may be perfectly legal (if exactly the opposite of what the patent system intended).

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    Rekrul, 17 Apr 2008 @ 4:05am

    Maybe you should start shopping in 2008 then, rather than whatever year you're stuck in. I just went to Tiger Direct and found a 12GB USB drive for $46, a 2GB for $15, a 1GB for $10, and so on. Add a few bucks ($3?) for shipping and we're still nowhere near your quote.

    I'll take your word for it. I went to Tiger Direct, typed USB Flash Drive into the search box, waited about two minutes and then gave up when the results still hadn't loaded. My prices were based on what I've seen in local stores.

    And.... Windows 98?? Still?

    Yes, still. I can access the net, run P2P programs, play downloaded movies, play DVDs, burn DVDs, import images from my digital camera, print (when I'm willing to part with $45 for enough ink to print a measely couple dozen pages), run emulators, etc.

    Anything that I can't currently do with Windows 98SE, like run recent games or play Blu-Ray discs, would take a more powerful system anyway.

    Nobody has yet been able to give me a compelling reason that I should install XP on this system and lose compatibility with some older software. Their arguments usually boil down to "It's old!" or "Microsoft doesn't support it anymore!" Well, I haven't noticed any funny smells coming from my computer so I guess it hasn't gone bad yet. As for Microsoft support, I haven't needed anything from them in years. :)

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