Hmmm — Are Some Pigs Are More Equal Than Others?

Or should I hope this means the beginnning of a more careful rethinking: Microsoft Says U.S. Govt May Cancel Eolas Patent

Microsoft Corp. (Nasdaq:MSFT – news) said on Thursday that the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office may come to its rescue and cancel a patent that could force the world’s biggest software company to rejig its most popular product.

[…] “The action by the Patent Office may result in the cancellation of the Eolas patent,” Microsoft said in a statement issued on Thursday to explain its latest move.

“Given these circumstances, and after consulting industry colleagues and developers, Microsoft, for now, will not be releasing an update to Internet Explorer,” it said, adding that Microsoft also would not release a planned update to its latest Windows operating system known as Windows XP (news – web sites) Service Pack 2.

Microsoft said it has been working with rival makers of Internet programs, including Apple Quicktime. Macromedia Flash and Real Networks, on how best to respond to the challenge.

In the words of Theodoric of York — "Naaaaaaaaaaaaaahhhhhhhhh!" (although we can always wish!) (.WAV from Leslie’s Audio Trivia Answers 2002 — even better, the transcript of his first appearance!)