Linked by Thom Holwerda on Mon 11th Jul 2011 21:34 UTC, submitted by sb56637
Legal Blah blah Apple whines about a bunch of software patents again. Go cry in a corner, Jobs. Either find a strategy that counters the rise of Android, or just suck it up and be a man about it. Oh, HTC is the target this time around. Again. Whatever.
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RE[6]: Find a strategy
by rhavyn on Tue 12th Jul 2011 23:53 UTC in reply to "RE[5]: Find a strategy"
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name calling and whining about moderation.

I snipped a bit because I think we agree. I'd simply like to mention that I wasn't intending to call you a name specifically, but the class of people (like Thom) who claim Apple can't compete. Also I think it should be pretty obvious looking at this thread that anyone who doesn't follow along with the OSNews mindshare (Apple bad, Android good, patents bad) gets moderated down, someone who agrees gets moderated up. Which is a pretty good way to shut out actual communication and I find that a terrible thing.

Reading your other posts you seem to accept litigation as part of doing business. I disagree with that point. Even if most companies litigate (there's no evidence for that) it is still something I abhor, especially when they use software patents to stifle innovation. I'm against software patents, and defended my position ad nauseum, don't want to open that can of worms again. As long as there are companies that prefer competing on the merit of their products/services (Google comes to mind) instead of litigation, there is a place for criticism, whether you like it or not.

I accept that litigation is a part of business because it is. Denying that is denying reality. Accepting that something is true and agreeing with it are different and, personally, I wish that litigation was not as prevalent as it is. However, you need to work within the realm of what is, not what you wish it is and if you own intellectual property that gives you an advantage and aren't using it then you aren't a terribly rational business person. Business isn't about making friends, it isn't about market share, it's about making money. The sooner the average OSNews poster (again, this isn't directed at you specifically but the reader in general) accepts this, the sooner they may be able to start making sense of what's going on. Google simply doesn't have much ammo so of course they are against these lawsuits (they weren't trying to buy the Nortel patents because they'd look good on Google's lawn, they bought them to use in litigation ... perhaps not offensively but you can be sure they'd file countersuits if someone sued them). On the flip side, the fact that Google isn't stepping in on these Android lawsuits doesn't say much for Google's character either. In my opinion if you aren't willing to defend your creation then who should.

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