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, 30 Apr 2008 @ 11:00pm

    It means no such thing. I don't even see how a rational person could come to such a conclusion. In fact, 98 is so bad that Microsoft finally just gave up on it.

    I've got news for you, Microsoft doesn't just "give up" on products (well, they might for Vista...), they intentionally throw them away. It's called "Planned Obsolescence" It's what MS's entire business model is based on. If they can't keep convincing people to dump what they already have and buy something new, they'd go out of business. They have a vested interest in getting people to upgrade and it has nothing to do with making their systems more secure, or giving them more features.

    What part of "no longer supported" don't you understand? Microsoft isn't even looking for or paying any attention to flaws in Windows 98 so of course they aren't reporting or patching them.

    Let me see if I understand your logic;

    Windows needs constant patching from Microsoft to remain secure. MS is currently writing patches for XP and Vista to patch security flaws. This indicates that both systems have security flaws. The importance you place on on-going updates from MS also indicates that you believe that both versions will have security flaws right up until MS ends support for them.

    By this logic, your system at this very moment is full of security flaws just waiting to be exploited. In other words, your system isn't secure either, hackers just haven't found the holes yet.

    I have a couple friends with XP. They're always having problems with malware and viruses. They update their systems on a regular basis (when MS Update co-operates) and yet they still have problems. Of course they use Internet Explorer and the Windows firewall, but I'm sure that has nothing to do with it...

    That in no way means that Windows 98 has achieved some sort of perfection.

    I never said it had, just that most of the major flaws had been fixed.

    Consider this; The longer an OS is in use, the more familiar the programmers get with it. With each patch, it becomes more secure. The intelligent thing then is to continue patching an OS until you get as close to perfection as you can. So rather than keep patching 98 and making it more secure they dump it and introduce XP with a whole new slew of security flaws, which they're still patching today. Then, do they continue working on XP to make it the best, most stable OS they can? No! They dump it and introduce Vista, with a whole new batch of flaws! The only reason they're still working on XP at all is that Vista is a huge flop and people still want XP.

    Sure, MS may work on increasing security with each new version of Windows, but do you really think they're doing it out of a desire to make the computing world safer, or do they just want to pad their bottom line?

    That's all fine and dandy but it won't protect you from unpatched OS security vulnerabilities. Basically, you're a botnet builder's dream come true.

    And the botnet builders are all devoting their time and effort into finding security flaws in Windows 98 so that they can take over the legions of 98 systems that people are still using, right?

    And you really believe that Windows 98 was Microsoft's most secure operating system ever?

    Where did I ever say that?

    Wow. I'm just flabbergasted. Especially noteworthy is your apparent belief that you are more knowledgeable than the vast majority off computer security specialists

    To be fair, I did a search for major security flaws in 98. Know what I found? Every one relies on a flaw in Internet Explorer, or Outlook Express, or Windows Media Player (threee programs I almost never use) or on getting the user to run a trojan on their system. I couldn't find anything saying that a hacker can just gain access to someone's system because they're using 98.

    Can you point me to any sites that describe ways that a 98 system can be taken over that don't rely on using one of the above MS programs?

    or even Microsoft itself concerning it's own products.

    Yes, we all know that Microsoft only has your best interest at heart when they recommend that you go out and spend $200-500 on a new OS. Someone should nominate them for sainthood!

    Have you bought your copy of Vista yet?

    What a remarkable combination of ignorance mixed with arrogance. That all makes this post worth bookmarking for future reference. Good luck trying to live it down. (Maybe you should just change your name now)

    I've been using this same system on the net for about 5 years now. First with dialup and for the last year and a half, with DSL. When using dialup, I didn't even have a firewall installed.

    A virus scan comes up negative. A malware scan comes up negative. A process monitor shows no unknown processes running. When I close all programs that are actively using the net, such as P2P programs, or newsreaders, my bandwidth usage drops to 0 indicating that nothing on my system is either sending or receiving data.

    How do you explain this, considering the fact that you seem to regard having a 98 system on the net as a virtual certainty that it will be taken over by hackers?

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