Linked by Thom Holwerda on Thu 7th Oct 2010 09:35 UTC, submitted by lemur2
Legal And so, the idiocy in the mobile industry continues. Motorola has just upped the ante in this already ridiculous spider web of lawsuits by suing the pants off Apple. Eighteen patents are involved, most of which seem to be actual hardware patents, but that doesn't make some of them any less obvious (apparently, you can patent the location of your antenna). Anywho, like Nokia, Motorola claims that Apple is unwilling to license Motorola's patents, and as such, suing was the only option.
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RE: Safer?
by tyrione on Thu 7th Oct 2010 22:13 UTC in reply to "Safer?"
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"I am slightly milder towards companies like Nokia and Motorola (compared to, say, Microsoft and Apple), because these two have genuinely helped develop and create the hardware backbone of mobile telephony, a true gift to the world that has made the lives of many people easier and safer..."

I don't know, all the idiots I see driving around with a cell phone held firmly to their head make me believe otherwise. As far as I'm concerned, they're as potentially dangerous as a drunk driver, and there are probably many times more of them than drunk drivers. At least drunk drivers often have a valid excuse: they were already f'ed up out of their minds and didn't know what the hell they were before they even got in the vehicle. Cell phone drivers? Not at all, they're just naturally plain stupid.

Here in Washington State it's a ticket and an open door for law enforcement to search your vehicle for being so stupid as not to use a bluetooth headset or other hands free device.

The fine is $124.

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