Openmoko keyboard mockup

Carsten Haitzler (The Rasterman) raster at
Thu Jan 8 00:00:50 CET 2009

On Thu, 8 Jan 2009 02:31:34 +1100 Ian <darkstarsword at> babbled:

> > i'd rather not. 1. trollt.. err.. nokia deserve thanks for the core
> > inspiration and initial work on their one - i didn't know how the code
> > worked until later but i nutted out how it probably should work just by
> > poking at it. so if anyone deserves a patent - it's them. 2. i'd rather
> > this be well publicised and "out there" code in the public eye - so the
> > idea is widespread and well known - thus serves as prior art pretty much
> > making it impossible for someone to come along and patent the idea and make
> > things a pain. get the ideas out there in code - in the public eye with a
> > trail of history so it's available for everyone to see and use. if someone
> > implements a better kbd but steals the same idea - i'm sticking my thumbs
> > up going "good on-ya mate!" i want users and the community to benefit. 3. i
> > fundamentally disagree with software patents - or at least the way they
> > have been implemented. the vast majority i have seen are neither novel nor
> > "non-obvious to someone skilled in the art". most are incredibly mundane
> > straightforward things to "someone skilled in the art" and the system has
> > been abused to further greed and misplace credit in the hands of those with
> > more lawyers, not those who innovate the most or the best. be that as it
> > may - the system is there and we are stuck with it. i'm not a crusader
> > trying to bring it down - i don't have the time. got code to write and
> > ideas to make happen :) but i hope in my little way i can shake my fist at
> > the system and go "here... prior art. take that!". i'll let others fight
> > the good fight in trying to reform the patent system. i'm just rattling my
> > chains and moaning in my corner... 'brains! brains! braiiiiiins! need
> > moooooore braaaaaaaaains!' :)
> Raster... you are my new hero. It's not the first time I've heard this
> kind of argument (Andrew Tridgell made a very similar argument at a
> CLUG meeting some time ago) and I completely agree with you.
> Good work on the keyboard,

tridge is an awesome bloke. smart smart smart man. i'd aspire to be as smart as
tridge one day when i grow up! :) (seriously - he is smart!)

now... where's my braaaaaaaaains...... :)
tnx :)

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