Okay, I am going to let some of my personal opinions slip out here and there in this blog. Otherwise, what's the point?
My guess is that this patent will ultimately be thrown out if push comes to shove, but how many other innovative ideas have been squashed because of 'proprietary' ideas?
Such logic is just backwards when it comes to software innovation. Every good idea in the software world is built on prior knowledge. Imagine if the folks at Linux-Care patented the idea of a sub 50 MB bootable CD? No LNX-BBC, no DSL. Just because someone somewhere rushes to a lawyer first to document an idea doesn't mean that other innovators should be blocked from attempting something similar.
Sorry, but deep down I believe that such attempts to commodify knowledge are just a way of the 'haves' to have more.
"A wise man ought always to follow the paths beaten by great men, and to imitate those who have been supreme, so that if his ability does not equal theirs, at least it will savour of it."