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Microsoft’s claim that Linux violates 235 of its patents has continued to arouse controversy throughout last week

Kameran Ahari plugged his own blog and argued that Microsoft was trying to spread fear, uncertainty and doubt with its threats.

"Why would Microsoft sent its top lawyers to a PR type event (Fortune interview). This is more of a marketing campaign to announce a new strategy and product. In my opinion Microsoft is buying its way into open source market. They are looking to align partners and sell a few indemnity policies (a la Novell). Look at the numbers and the broader picture.

"Microsoft is losing on the cash cow front, ad front, search engine front, SasS front, and lastly OSS front. These are efficient and new innovative approaches to software. You cannot shut down innovation. In my opinion, Microsoft is buying its way (in) and in fact is promoting open source.

Big T, while taking a swipe at the Linux militants for their language, and then getting pretty heated himself, argued for the sort of pragmatism that this site’s editor recommended in his blog.

Big T commented, “In answer to the retarded flame wars always posted on these articles, personally, I think both MS and Linux have solid purpose and serve the general public in different ways.
“As for people who really have no lives other then running around from forum to forum spewing idiotic anti-MS ramblings, good for you... I hope that pays off for you.

"In the meantime … Yay for MS for making at least a small step for ending these wars through partnerships, rather then just compounding the issue.”

The decision by HSBC bank to buck the trend and not offer hand held encryption devices for their online banking customers sparked a debate about technology, where the real threat lies and what the government should do.

William Bonney said, “It is the consumers who will decide what will work. It is not likely that the general public will embrace ID Keys any time soon. This virtually guarantees it as another ineffectual attempt to stop ID crimes.”

Wilson thought ID key should, in effect be forced on consumers. “I am shocked at why the government and financial institutions don't implement this system and (instead) let fraud crimes continue to grow.”

IanP meanwhile, cut to the chase. “What most people fail to realise is that it is not the front end systems that are the problem, but the back end systems. When institutions begin to invest more in protecting the back end systems (which I believe HSBC have done), then fraudsters are starved of the PII in the first place.

“Mass hacking of backend systems, laptops being stolen with PII details and banks throwing details in bins is the real cause. Plug that hole, then fraud will reduce dramatically.”

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