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Last week, a Judge dismissed a defamation law suit brought by Tim Paterson, who sold a computer operating system to Microsoft in 1980, against journalist and author Sir Harold Evans and his publisher Little Brown. The software became the basis of Microsoft's MS-DOS monopoly, and the basis of its dominance of the PC industry.
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Microsoft turned to Tim Paterson, whose garage operation Seattle Computer Products was selling a CP/M clone called 86-DOS. This had been developed under the code name QDOS (for "quick and dirty operating system"), and SCP sold it alongside an add-in CPU card. Microsoft turned this into the hugely successful DOS franchise.
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Paterson brought the case against Evans in March 2005, as we reported here, claiming that Evans' defamatory chapter caused him "great pain and mental anguish".
http://www.theregister.com/2007/07/3...suit_resolved/

Crap on MS... I'm not surprised on what money can buy anymore...
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post #2 of 19
I don't know what to say. Stupid?
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Yeah, but most huge corporations start with some one stealing an idea and becoming unimaginably rich off of it.

Steve Jobs was fired from Apple before they made their break with the iPod (by that time he was back though :-p)
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Wasn't this covered in "Pirates of Silicon Valley"? They gave him money for it and bought it fair and square.
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Yeah, but most huge corporations start with some one stealing an idea and becoming unimaginably rich off of it.

Steve Jobs was fired from Apple before they made their break with the iPod (by that time he was back though :-p)
Lol.
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Lol.
Did you not know this already?
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I don't get it...if I invent something right now that NOBODY wants and some guy offers me $300 for it I'll sell it and go get an Xbox.

If I find out several years later he made millions of dollars off of it, I'll be pissed but the guy bought it off me fair and square.

It's not like Bill Gates raped him in the back of an alley and stole a 5.25 out of his back pocket.
    
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I don't get it...if I invent something right now that NOBODY wants and some guy offers me $300 for it I'll sell it and go get an Xbox.

If I find out several years later he made millions of dollars off of it, I'll be pissed but the guy bought it off me fair and square.

It's not like Bill Gates raped him in the back of an alley and stole a 5.25 out of his back pocket.
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I don't get it...if I invent something right now that NOBODY wants and some guy offers me $300 for it I'll sell it and go get an Xbox.

If I find out several years later he made millions of dollars off of it, I'll be pissed but the guy bought it off me fair and square.

It's not like Bill Gates raped him in the back of an alley and stole a 5.25 out of his back pocket.


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post #10 of 19
Its true. Ms DIDNT develop Dos lol (contrary to popular belief).


BUUUT .Tim paterson has his SELF to blame.
As much as I dislike MS for reason I wont get into.

HE SOLD the freakin software.
no way he should win that...

BESIDES all that.
IT WAS, a dam rip-off of CP/M.

If he didnt make/steal it - MS wouldnt have its legs lol.
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