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Mozilla Foundation Sues Microsoft Over Tabbed Browsing

Zonk posted more than 7 years ago | from the total-copy-cats dept.

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According to the german tech-site heise.de, the Mozilla Foundation is suing Microsoft over the use of tabbed browsing in Internet Explorer 7. The Mozilla Foundation owns the patent 5,160,296 through one of their developers (Solomon Katz, a former Opera dev) and has begun suing Microsoft in Mountainview, California. The Foundation wants that MS immediately ceases to distribute IE 7 and pays 1.4 Billion dollars in damages. Heise reports that Microsoft has issued no official response, but is contemplating to ship IE 7 NT (no tabs).

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Boo Mozilla!!! (-1, Flamebait)

psykocrime (61037) | more than 6 years ago | (#18560661)

Boo, Mozilla! I know it's cool to hate Microsoft and all, and (God|Satan|Allah|Zeus|Zoroaster|Whoever) knows I hate
them as much as anybody... but this is bullshit. Software Patents are evil and insidious no matter who wields them. I personally
hope Microsoft thumps Mozilla and has their patent declared invalid.

SlashRating (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 7 years ago | (#18565077)

It doesn't work! I try to Slashdottit and it has no effect. I'm calling shenanigans!

Re:SlashRating (1)

kfonda (70822) | more than 7 years ago | (#18565123)

Darnit, I just put my broom away, now I gotta go and get it back out of the closet.

Re:SlashRating (4, Informative)

intercodes (819880) | more than 7 years ago | (#18565199)

I found out something. Try coding in large values in the URL string..

http://slashdot.org/slashdottit.shtml?vote= [slashdot.org] "BIG NUMBER HERE"

It's interesting.

Did I succeed :)?

Re:SlashRating (1)

jibjibjib (889679) | more than 7 years ago | (#18565365)

414 Request URI too long

Attention Windows Clickarounds (0, Offtopic)

Anonymous Coward | more than 7 years ago | (#18565209)

Yeah i'm talking to you. The wannabe computer programmer who thinks they are good at computers because they can click around the computer enough times and find the reboot button and 'fix' an inherently flawed windows system. You think you're cool because you can pirate photoshop but not know anything about it, get Microsoft Office for free but have the literacy of a 1st grader when writing a paper, and get a copy of Norton Anti-virus because your inherently flawed system is useless without Administrative privileges. Get a clue, you are not smart, you are just a corporate sheep for a company that will bury you if you ever tried to write any software that did anything remotely useful. You are a clickaround and all you know if your ugly gray existence that is Windows.

Want the sourcecode to windows vista?

head -n 1000000 /dev/random > Windows.com

Re:Attention Windows Clickarounds (1)

Dilaudid (574715) | more than 7 years ago | (#18566185)

Crikey I didn't realise Che Guevara was working in open source now. Bill must be quaking in his boots.

Re:Attention Windows Clickarounds (1)

Anonymous Coward | more than 7 years ago | (#18566187)

You are a clickaround and all you know if your ugly gray existence that is Windows.

Like most ACs on here (except me)you truly need to get laid.

Re:Boo Mozilla!!! (-1, Offtopic)

Anonymous Coward | more than 7 years ago | (#18565087)

April fools :)

Re:Boo Mozilla!!! (0, Interesting)

Anonymous Coward | more than 7 years ago | (#18565159)

Don't jump the gun quite yet. It behooves us to see how Mozilla handles filing this claim, suspending judgement until we see whether it's in order or not. I know this might leave you hanging, but it's wiser just to keep tabs (Preferably new, improved non-porous plastic ones) on this affair.

Re:Boo Mozilla!!! (1)

ScouseMouse (690083) | more than 7 years ago | (#18565405)

Yes, especially as its April 1st, and there is no mention of it on Mozilla's website. I doubt Mozilla would be so stupid anyway. The problem with patents is the sheer MAD ness. We could no doubt discover that some reviewer at the patent office has rubber-stamped MS's request for a patent on base 2 or something like that.

NO! (1)

Gazzonyx (982402) | more than 7 years ago | (#18565525)

Please, I beg of you, man, don't give them any more Bad Ideas! I don't want to have to convert from hexidecimal to "Microsoft .NET Visual Base DOS" to decimal in order to figure out a BSOD!

Re:Boo Mozilla!!! (1)

makomk (752139) | more than 7 years ago | (#18565675)

Heh - obviously the moderators didn't bother to RTFPatent...

Re:Boo Mozilla!!! (1, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | more than 7 years ago | (#18565875)

Bah. Nobody appreciates (or even notices) subtle puns any longer. Or reads the article(s) cited, for the matter.

Perhaps I was a little too subtle. Next time, it's strictly "OMFG PONIES!" That way, if anyone rates that "overrated", Taco will come down from on high and turn their css all pink.

Re:Boo Mozilla!!! (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 7 years ago | (#18566029)

that's a lot of money to give or lose

Opera (1)

denver38 (1050472) | more than 7 years ago | (#18565201)

Opera started even years before Firefox with tabbed browsing....

Re:Opera (1)

nocomment (239368) | more than 7 years ago | (#18565339)

and apple before that with at-ease (and someone else probably before that).

I suspect this is an omgponies moment.

Re:Opera (1)

nospam007 (722110) | more than 7 years ago | (#18565351)

>>Opera started even years before Firefox with tabbed browsing....
--
RTFA Katz worked at Opera and owns the patent. Now he works for Mozilla and Opera has a licence.

Re:Opera (1)

DrSkwid (118965) | more than 7 years ago | (#18565411)

Tabs were introduced in Microsoft Office 97

Re:Opera (2, Informative)

Opportunist (166417) | more than 7 years ago | (#18565681)

You're making a serious, meaningful comment on hoax news on April 1st.

C'mon, get into the spirit of the day and lower your IQ by 100. At least. Do like I did and soak your brain in alcohol. It really does the job well.

Wow... Firefox really has gone mainstream (1)

Kelson (129150) | more than 7 years ago | (#18565515)

They're even filing patent lawsuits now! And I thought this post that Firefox was no longer alternative enough [alternativ...liance.com] to be an "alternative browser" was taking things too far.

Best Battlecry... (1)

TigerPaw (986058) | more than 7 years ago | (#18565527)

Mozilla to Microsoft:
"It's clobberin time!"

Microsoft to Mozilla:
"Come get some!"

Re:Boo Mozilla!!! (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 7 years ago | (#18565529)

Check today's date...

Re:Boo Mozilla!!! (1)

jon_anderson_ca (705052) | more than 7 years ago | (#18566127)

Ummm... it's April 1, dude.

It is already April 1st in Germany (4, Insightful)

doug (926) | more than 6 years ago | (#18560839)

I think you've fallen for a hoax.

Re:It is already April 1st in Germany (1)

whathappenedtomonday (581634) | more than 6 years ago | (#18560967)

Second that, it's a joke.


Falls sich Mozilla vor Gericht durchsetzt, sei die Herausgabe eines Internet Explorer NT denkbar. "NT" für "non tabbed"

Yeah sure...

Re:It is already April 1st in Germany (3, Informative)

Alphager (957739) | more than 6 years ago | (#18561031)

damnit, i hoped i could get it onto the frontpage.
you have ruined the joke! ;-)

Re:It is already April 1st in Germany (2, Informative)

karearea (234997) | more than 7 years ago | (#18565097)

Ahh the joys of global communication ... in another 2 hours 40 minutes it will be the 2nd of April ... at least in the land of the long white cloud ... others will catch up in due course :-)

Re:It is already April 1st in Germany (2, Funny)

name*censored* (884880) | more than 7 years ago | (#18565567)

Ah, but is living in the future REALLY worth the burden of having to live in New Zealand?

(ps. it's a joke)

What about Safari? (-1)

Anonymous Coward | more than 7 years ago | (#18565079)

this is a hoax... retards!

Mod me insightful for no real reason (0, Troll)

aussie_a (778472) | more than 7 years ago | (#18565081)

Come on. Come oooooon

Re:Mod me insightful for no real reason (1, Troll)

jibjibjib (889679) | more than 7 years ago | (#18565095)

Dude, that only works the first time.

Re:Mod me insightful for no real reason (5, Informative)

Anonymous Coward | more than 7 years ago | (#18565149)

Apparently not.

Re:Mod me insightful for no real reason (2, Insightful)

bcmm (768152) | more than 7 years ago | (#18565189)

MEEEE TOOO! PLEASE.

Re:Mod me insightful for no real reason (1, Informative)

Clazzy (958719) | more than 7 years ago | (#18565235)

Ok then.

Re:Mod me insightful for no real reason (2, Insightful)

Antique Geekmeister (740220) | more than 7 years ago | (#18565533)

No, your llama is full of RAM. And she's going to be really surprised when the crias are born. (Or would they be lambs? Maybe lias? Maybe crambs?)

Re:Mod me insightful for no real reason (4, Informative)

Ilgaz (86384) | more than 7 years ago | (#18565303)

Funny is the "metamoderation" doesn't know about April 1 and moderators will be punished to hell when this comment shows up in metamoderation 4 days later or something :)

Self-referential post attempt (2, Informative)

SamSim (630795) | more than 7 years ago | (#18565325)

This post is modded +5, Informative!

Re:Re:Re:Re:Re:Self-referential post attempt (2, Funny)

saskboy (600063) | more than 7 years ago | (#18565903)

"This post is modded +5, Informative!"

Now for a challenge:
This post is modded +5 Redundant

Re:Self-referential post attempt (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 7 years ago | (#18566291)

This post is modded +4, Informative.

MOD PARENT UP (1)

uncommonlygood (764935) | more than 7 years ago | (#18565419)

Couldn't agree more

As these stories are just bs... (0, Troll)

xtracto (837672) | more than 7 years ago | (#18566023)

I want some karma too...

But I have to answer to the current poll.

Missing Option:
Boobs [ziza.es] . [No need to speak spanish]... might not be too safe for work.

Ponies!! Ponies!! (4, Informative)

eclectro (227083) | more than 7 years ago | (#18565101)

I want to see some ponies! pink ones! slashdot is lame.

Re:Ponies!! Ponies!! (1)

RedElf (249078) | more than 7 years ago | (#18565119)

Cue the new posting standards adopted from digg:

Your IQ must be below 5 to proceed posting.

Re:Ponies!! Ponies!! (4, Informative)

Linker3000 (626634) | more than 7 years ago | (#18565137)

Cue new headline "Digg sues Slashdot over patented posting method. Low submitter IQ 'cornerstone of Diggs's success'"

Re:Ponies!! Ponies!! (1)

Ilgaz (86384) | more than 7 years ago | (#18565317)

Cue the new posting standards adopted from digg:

Your IQ must be below 5 to proceed posting.
Don't call people names or you will go down to -40 troll!

Re:Ponies!! Ponies!! (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 7 years ago | (#18565169)

OMFG Ponies! LOL!

Re:Ponies!! Ponies!! (4, Funny)

Lars T. (470328) | more than 7 years ago | (#18565613)

I want to see some ponies! pink ones! slashdot is lame.
You must not be that new here.

Wasn't "skipstone" the first tabbed browser? (-1, Redundant)

sqldr (838964) | more than 7 years ago | (#18565113)

Not that this story is true anyway

Mozilla (firefox tabs) vs MSFT (Office 12 ribbon) (3, Insightful)

JackMeyhoff (1070484) | more than 7 years ago | (#18565131)

This is going to have an impact on their Office 12 ribbon tab patents isnt it?

Re:Mozilla (firefox tabs) vs MSFT (Office 12 ribbo (1)

JackMeyhoff (1070484) | more than 7 years ago | (#18565139)

Damm you, fooled again. Im going to play games all day as surfing online is just going to be "impractical" today for the next 24 timezones. Just when you think its over, bam another site in antoher timezone pulls a prank. ZE PAIN I CANT TAKE ANYMORE:

Re:Mozilla (firefox tabs) vs MSFT (Office 12 ribbo (1)

marcello_dl (667940) | more than 7 years ago | (#18565291)

dunno, apple had ribbons in system 8 or even earlier maybe. And "tabbable" windows (windows dragged down would become tabs) which wasn't a bad idea in days where screen real estate was precious.

Re:Mozilla (firefox tabs) vs MSFT (Office 12 ribbo (1)

JackMeyhoff (1070484) | more than 7 years ago | (#18565511)

Doesnt stop the patent office granting them :) http://www.patentstorm.us/patents/7028023.html [patentstorm.us] Linked lists have been around for decades and now its only patented in 2006. I suggest everybody flood the patent office with prior art patents, You will be supprised how many get granted, then you have right to claim money and while you hold that money (dont spend it), earn interest on it then when the patent is revoked, you simply pay the money back :) But youve made moeny. Everybody should flood the system until breaking point by doing it. They are, so why dont you do it too. In effect, slashdot it.

Patent office on crack (4, Insightful)

MaelstromX (739241) | more than 7 years ago | (#18565135)

Ok, April fool's joke aside, what the heck is up with that patent that it is linked to?

Abstract: This directory tab would aid in organizing and tracking files in a suspended filing system. The quick reference directory saves the user time and provides a handy at-a-glance feature to a filing system. This directory tab is designed to eliminate sorting through a suspended folder; it allows the user to look at the directory and visually see what's in a folder. Its design also permits additions or deletions in a quick and efficient manner. The directory tab is designed to allow office personnel who are in need of a particular item within a suspended file folder the ability to date and initial the directory tab. In doing so, the next user that comes along needing the same information will be able to identify who has it in a quick and efficient manner.


Good grief, they'll let you patent ANYTHING won't they?

Re:Patent office on crack (1)

supersat (639745) | more than 7 years ago | (#18565251)

Indeed, they will. I went to Google Patents to look at the images from the referenced patent, and on the front page, I saw a patent for... wait for it...

A jumping snail [google.com] .

Okay, yeah, it's a design patent, but still...

Re:Patent office on crack (1)

ultracool (883965) | more than 7 years ago | (#18565355)

The Wheel [ipmenu.com] [pdf warning]

Re:Patent office on crack (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 7 years ago | (#18565607)

At least there they admit that they don't review the applications (prior to litigation anyway).

Re:Patent office on crack (1)

cdrudge (68377) | more than 7 years ago | (#18566237)

Everyday is April 1st at the Patent Office. Sadly though, they aren't playing jokes...they are the joke.

So, remember folks (3, Funny)

91degrees (207121) | more than 7 years ago | (#18565143)

If you want to be corporately evil without the hoards of geekdom realising it, be evil on April the first.

Today is the day when Microsoft could start a hostile takeover of every linux company, and Google could announcetheir new policy of "Hang it, we'll start worshipping satan", without anyone being the wiser.

Good day (4, Funny)

SolitaryMan (538416) | more than 7 years ago | (#18565187)

I always thought April 1st is the best day for suing someone :)

Re:Good day (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 7 years ago | (#18565539)

It's certainly not a good day to be reading news. Damnit, I hate this day. Everybody with serious news holds it back until the stupid jokes are gone, which makes the SNR even worse. I'll turn off my computer and cellphone now and take a long walk. Then I'll watch movies until this unfunny heap of bullshit day is over. ... No, I'm not! APRIL FOOLS! HA! HA! *groan*

Re:Good day (1)

Moflamby-2042 (919990) | more than 7 years ago | (#18565615)

It's also the best day to invade unsuspecting countries. Who'd believe it until April 2nd!

OK! (5, Funny)

Centurix (249778) | more than 7 years ago | (#18565207)

I knew keeping my Netscape shares would pay off one day!

Re:OK! (1)

RedElf (249078) | more than 7 years ago | (#18565243)

You must use I.E., you will use I.E., there is nothing but I.E..

No hoax foax (5, Funny)

Joebert (946227) | more than 7 years ago | (#18565231)

It's no hoax folks.
April Fools' day was moved to April 2nd when the United States adjusted Daylight Savings Time this year.

Re:No hoax foax (1)

Killjoy_NL (719667) | more than 7 years ago | (#18565287)

Best comment so far, Cheers :D

Re:No hoax foax (3, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | more than 7 years ago | (#18565289)

I thought EVERY day in the USA was fools day what with Bush being President.

Re:No hoax foax (1)

SPQR_Julian (967179) | more than 7 years ago | (#18565483)

See this, this was actually funny! I miss the ponies and the pink. Best April Fools ever.

why???? (-1, Flamebait)

Anonymous Coward | more than 7 years ago | (#18565309)

wow I just lost all respect for the mozilla foundation. Sure ill still use firefox because its the best their is but I wonlonger respect the shot callers for this case

Opera ? (2, Insightful)

Monsieur_F (531564) | more than 7 years ago | (#18565331)

I discovered tabbed browsing with Opera. Was Mozilla really the first to implement it?

Re:Opera ? (1)

dsoltesz (563978) | more than 7 years ago | (#18565363)

Opera had it long before any other browser, so I had my hackles up when this popped up in the RSS feed. Discovering that it's all a lame-ass April Fool's hoax just disappointed me to the point I'm considering turning off all my computers for the next 21 hours and reading a book or something so I don't have to look at the fscking Internet. The damned hoaxes started yesterday, and I reached my threshold for pain around 19:47 last night.

Re:Opera ? (1)

intercodes (819880) | more than 7 years ago | (#18565399)

These sound silly for some of us, but there are lot of people out there who actually believe these kind of crap.

Several friends were pinging me today with "OMG ..free broadband" .. and "Google Roxor"....
http://www.google.com/tisp/ [google.com]

Re:Opera ? (1)

unapersson (38207) | more than 7 years ago | (#18565455)

"Opera had it long before any other browser, so I had my hackles up when this popped up in the RSS feed."

No it didn't, Netcaptor did. And if you search google groups you'll see people asking for tabbed browsing in Mozilla like in Netcaptor. Not Opera. Opera didn't have true tabbed browsing until after a few others had implemented it (Skipstone [muhri.net] , Galeon, Mozilla). For a start, at which point in Opera could you have multiple windows with multiple tabs in them, rather than the fairly typical MDI interface they had?

Re:Opera ? (1)

Nurgled (63197) | more than 7 years ago | (#18565705)

I may be remembering wrong, but if I recall correctly Opera 5 was the first version to allow you to have both multiple windows and multiple "tabs" (which were of course really MDI child windows) at the same time. Opera 4 allowed you to choose either an MDI or an SDI interface. Opera 3 and earlier were MDI-only.

Of course, more recent versions introduced the ability to turn off the MDI altogether and have "real" tabs. I think I'm one of the few remaining stop-outs using an Opera 3-style MDI interface with the "tabs" and address bar at the bottom above the status bar.

No-TRUE-Scotsman fallacy. (1)

Domo-Sun (585730) | more than 7 years ago | (#18565979)

"Opera had it long before any other browser..."

"No it didn't, Netcaptor did. Not Opera. Opera didn't have true tabbed browsing until after a few others had implemented it (Skipstone, Galeon, Mozilla)."
Well, if you're going to split hairs [infidels.org] to load the dice [positiveliberty.com] , Netcaptor was not a browser, it was a shell. I remember Opera 3 had what I, and most people would call tabbed browsing, but you're trying to be a jackass.

Re:Opera ? (1)

BridgeBum (11413) | more than 7 years ago | (#18566169)

Are you actually trying to post insightful messages on April 1st? What's wrong with you?

In all seriousness, I loved NetCaptor back in the day. Tabbed browsing was ahead of it's time, and just as useful then as it is now.

Re:Opera ? (1)

Delkster (820935) | more than 7 years ago | (#18565391)

No, but that doesn't seem to bear much practical significance with regard to who is actually granted a patent.

Of course that may well have an effect in a possible lawsuit regarding the patent, but in this case there really is no lawsuit, so...

Re:Opera ? (1)

MadJo (674225) | more than 7 years ago | (#18565877)

RTFS (Read the fine summary):

The Mozilla Foundation owns the patent 5,160,296 through one of their developers (Solomon Katz, a former Opera dev)
btw, did you look at today's date? :)

Re:Opera ? (1)

Monsieur_F (531564) | more than 7 years ago | (#18566087)

btw, did you look at today's date? :)


yes I did, and the tags too

but I like hoaxes to be realistic

Otherwise, okay, I missed this part of the summary! I didn't know that patents would follow the inventor when he switches companies

Re:Opera ? (1)

MadJo (674225) | more than 7 years ago | (#18566271)

I didn't know that patents would follow the inventor when he switches companies
Well, I wasn't sure either, but the patent is on the name of that person, and not on the name of Opera. So I'd guess that it would follow him at least. :)

I know it's an April Fools Joke But.... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 7 years ago | (#18565377)

Maybe we could get someone to fuck-up and release the source code to IE 7?

gives it away (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 7 years ago | (#18565467)

stupid tagging gives it away...

[+] omgponies, aprilfools, court, microsoft, mozilla (tagging beta)

Patent is for physical files (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 7 years ago | (#18565499)

Read the patent - it is about physical files and not computer files! Nice twist to the joke.

See abstract and drawings on Google patents [google.com]

Andy

wikipedia says... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 7 years ago | (#18565519)

"the founders of Opera built an MDI-based browser in the same year (via a technical preview not available publicly; a public release was made in 1996). The tabbed interface approach was then followed by the Internet Explorer shell NetCaptor in 1997. These were followed by a number of others like IBrowse in 1999, Opera in 2000 (with the release of version 4), Mozilla in 2001 (through the MultiZilla extension in April of 2001 and a built-in tabbed browsing mode added to Mozilla 0.9.5 in October of 2001), Konqueror 3.1 in January 2003, and Safari in 2003. As of 2006, most graphical web browsers support a tabbed interface, including Internet Explorer 7. Software, such as the freeware AM Browser, is also available to add a TDI around earlier versions of Internet Explorer. OmniWeb version 5, released August 2004, includes visual tabbed browsing which displays preview images of pages in a drawer to the left or right of the main browser window. Avant Browser, Maxthon and Slim Browser are some of the most popular tabbed browsers using Internet Explorer's rendering engine."

so... either this is a joke or we have prior art to that patent.

wtf??? (2, Funny)

sharperguy (1065162) | more than 7 years ago | (#18565521)

wtf???

I own the patents to jokes like this!!!

/me goes off to sue /.

:P

Re:wtf??? (1)

Opportunist (166417) | more than 7 years ago | (#18565669)

Quick! People, quick! Here he is! The first one to make really lame ass jokes! He invented them! He started the avalanche! Slashdot him! Slashdot him!

well... (1)

thaddeusthudpucker (1082657) | more than 7 years ago | (#18565535)

I say YAY!!! for mozilla is this is true, and they win (which I seriously hope they do, maybe M$ will stop coming out with crappy new OSes like vista...) But if this is an April fool's article, Clever! I about leaped up and did cartwheels...

Mod me up dammit (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 7 years ago | (#18565591)

Anonymous Coward needs more karma. NOW!!

Vote with your mod points and your dollars.

Oh... my... gawd... (1)

Eggplant62 (120514) | more than 7 years ago | (#18565609)

The schaedenfreud from a move like this would be most deserved on the Monopoly, but of course, noting the date, one can't help but laugh and wish it were true. Good story.

Thank God Its Sunday (3, Insightful)

davmoo (63521) | more than 7 years ago | (#18565635)

I'm glad April 1st is on Sunday this year. That way we don't have to worry about real news getting ignored and overlooked because Slashdot editors are too busy thinking up an entire day of bullshit stories.

Re:Thank God Its Sunday (1)

fbjon (692006) | more than 7 years ago | (#18565907)

ACtually, they haven't thought up a single one yet. Only reported on other stories, just like normal.

No! (3, Funny)

turing_m (1030530) | more than 7 years ago | (#18565657)

Mozilla should hold out for...

One hundred billion dollars!!!

In other news (1)

kbox (980541) | more than 7 years ago | (#18565723)

.. opera sues mozilla. (btw, i do know its an april fools)

heh, good one,.. (1)

tachyonflow (539926) | more than 7 years ago | (#18565771)

This had me fooled for a minute. I was screaming "Noooooooo! Mozilla, you're playing with fire!" After all, if Mozilla really had such a patent, they'd do well to save it for defensive purposes.

I haven't hit the sack yet, so it didn't quite sink in that it was April Fool's Day. In fact, with all the all-nighters I've been pulling lately, I think my biological clock is only up to about March 20 or so.

This one is the best so far (1)

mapkinase (958129) | more than 7 years ago | (#18565775)

:-) and cat did not get my tongue.

If this is real, then the wars have begun. (1)

postbigbang (761081) | more than 7 years ago | (#18565855)

Great. Make the lawyer's rich. This is like a little British boat moving close to Iranian waters. Really.

It's the excuse Microsoft needs to start their barrage of litigation. They have lawyers. They have money. Guess who doesn't?

Ballmer's been waiting for this moment, and The Mozilla Foundation handed it to him on a platter. Wanna see what happens when it's not really David vs. Goliath, rather Genghis Khan vs your neighbors? Watch.

John Katz got a patent... (1)

dattaway (3088) | more than 7 years ago | (#18565963)

Heeee's baaaack!

Mozilla Foundation sueing Microsoft (1)

iviagnus (854023) | more than 7 years ago | (#18566071)

Awesome! I hope they win and get every dime they sue for.

HAHAHAHA (1)

Danzigism (881294) | more than 7 years ago | (#18566225)

great! You might as well sue Dillo [dillo.org] too ya bastards!

Enough already... (1)

AlphaLop (930759) | more than 7 years ago | (#18566233)

I understand that it is a /. tradition to have lots of April Fools stories on the first, but does the whole page have to be composed of these this year? I am not trying to be flame bait I am just saying once is funny, 4 is wearing thin and this many is just plain tired..
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