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Right, he doesn't make any concrete claims that could be refuted, he just speculates and suggests. That's called FUD.
This is a badly researched article.
Posted May 27, 2010 9:37 UTC (Thu) by nye (guest, #51576)
Yes, because clearly anyone trying to point out any problem somebody might have, but without investing millions in a full solution and handing it over on a silver platter with dinner and a movie, is engaging in FUD.
Please, now you're just being offensively paranoid.
Posted May 27, 2010 10:12 UTC (Thu) by farnz (guest, #17727)
Cut the rhetoric, please. I didn't see anyone asking for a full solution on a silver platter, except you in this comment. And I'm afraid that I agree with roc; he doesn't point to patents which are infringed, and say "I think you infringe this patent". Instead, he says, "well, this is very similar to H.264 (which we know is patent encumbered), but slightly different. Ergo, the patents we know about might affect it, so you can't claim you don't need a patent licence to use it without being on dodgy legal ground".
It's no different from me saying "well, we know Microsoft have software patents on Windows and Office, and Linux with GNOME and OpenOffice.org is awfully similar to Windows and Office. Ergo, the patents we know about might affect it, so you can't claim you don't need a patent licence to use it without being on dodgy legal ground."
Posted May 29, 2010 10:20 UTC (Sat) by roc (subscriber, #30627)
If he said something like "VP8 infringes patent #1234567 on flux capacitor tuning", that would have identified a problem specific enough to be refuted, and would not have been FUD.
Posted Jun 1, 2010 11:27 UTC (Tue) by nye (guest, #51576)
Let's imagine we're talking about, say, performance. One individual has undertaken to provide a review of another's work, though it is of no benefit to them. Looking over it, they point out several sections and say: 'I think this technique might not be too good. Perhaps you could research this bit and see if you might improve it. Right now it would cost me a lot of time to look into it for you myself, and I could well be wrong, but I hope this pointer is of some use'. Is that FUD? 'He pointed out an area which looks suspicious, but didn't fully analyse or benchmark it! That monster!'.
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