[Nottingham] Google Gets Umbrella Patent For Cloud Operating Systems

Jason Irwin jasonirwin73 at gmail.com
Tue Sep 4 09:41:54 UTC 2012

On 04/09/12 10:32, Martin wrote:
> And ofcourse, Mainframe architecture of the 1960's and 1970's pre-dates
> all this 'cloud' stuff and offered pretty much the same features but
> instead over 'local' links that could still span the world before the
> internet offered such connectivity.
Yes.  About the only thing that has change really is the diversity of
devices/clients software; how they connect and how the "mainframe" deals
with load (these days usually a VM that gobbles more nodes, or jumps to
a new datacenter or something).

About the only real difference is that the client today is often not
totally dumb.  It only needs the "cloud" for some use cases (e.g.
calendar sync) or for things it can't do itself (e.g. a game which uses
a server to do the rendering and merely displays the result).

> How many ways can you skin a rabbit in the legal world?...
As many ways as you want.  Unless someone gets a patent on the general
methods of skinning rabbits; which tends to be the problem today.  How
we go about solving that problem without destroying the protection
genuine patents provide is a very good question.


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