/. linked to a newly granted patent by Amazon. I am all for good patents, but given the number of … er … not so good ones I’ve read through, as well as obvious rehashing of existing work … I don’t know what to make of this one.
This seems … well … like patenting any instance of a market exchanging money for computer time and/or storage, based upon a pricing model determined by past histories or current demand/availability. Ok, it uses a web service.
But apart from this … This feels … well … overly broad.
Ignore that for the moment. Focus upon what it grants Amazon. Basically the right to license the concept of implementing an instance of a market.
So, my question is, given the direction I see HPC going (deskside supers and remote EC2/Eka like machines), who is going to sue first. Will Amazon start taking public and private clouds to court to secure their ‘rights’ to this ‘invention’? Or, in their own self interest, will Microsoft et al. start going after Amazon to knock this patent over?
Some times in an arms race, you have to have the participants agree that certain weapons are off limits. Biologicals and similar fall into this category. I’d argue that this patent, is roughly the equivalent of a weaponized biowarfare system.
This is bad for a number of reasons. The simplest is as follows.
This discussion erupted on the beowulf list today. I responded to a question on this, pointing out that prestige adds nothing to the bottom line. What matters is, not so curiously, the bottom line. One author disagreed with me. His point was that prestige class systems translated into sales for the relevant vendors. I think … Read moreDo the heroic class systems provide a benefit to their vendors in terms of follow on sales?