This is pretty huge and it shows how idiotic and counter-productive for humanity software patents are. (there's lots more info still to emerge) Thank goodness for this outcome, as the alternative would've been full-dystopia.

@normandc Yup, patent trolls (and software patents in general) are a scourge. We managed to get them banned here in NZ, thankfully. Full story:

Unfortunately the link ends with a 403 forbidden error for me.

I always hear good things coming from NZ. The shooting excepted which was an aweful tragedy, but then the government response was sensible. Some bigger countries should take notes. ☺

@normandc oops - thanks for letting me know! Working again now :) - it redirects to a copy of the site on


"Commerce minister Craig Foss..."

Foss? That's his name? 😆

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