Innovation and Paul Allen

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Doug Engelbart gave this famous demonstration of technologies in 1968, it still blows my mind watching it, you can see the future of modern computing right here. Contrast, Engelbart with Paul Allen. Allen co-founded Microsoft which went on to make him billions of dolars  from the ideas in this video, (as did Apple, Sun Microsystems, Silicon Graphics and the whole Linux economy).

Which makes Paul Allen’s current law suit against the computer industry seem petty, parasitic and grasping. There is a parallel between the Allen case and BT’s past claims over hyperlinks, at least some of Allen’s patents stand a good chance of being invalidated due to prior art.