Just a couple of days ago, I ranted about software patents. Luckily, in the past, big corporations have (in general) refrained from suing others based on their software patent portfolio. But when you start speaking about the devil, inevitably it has to happen: Microsoft sues TomTom over patents. Not going into the details of the patents involved, I still would like to place a public laugh on the triviality of at least one of them: "A vehicle computer system has a housing sized to be mounted in a vehicle dashboard or other appropriate location." Wow, how smart! I would never ever in my whole life have gotten the idea of mounting a computer in a box in an appropriate location!
Ah well, are the days when Microsoft just ranted about open source over? Is it now going to become a patent troll?