Linked by Thom Holwerda on Tue 20th Dec 2011 11:27 UTC
Legal I'm guessing Apple is getting desperate, since its software patent lawsuits aren't doing particularly well. Moving on from software and design patents, the company is now suing Samsung over... Patents for mobile phone and tablet cases (more at The Verge). I think Apple has more offensive lawsuits than products now, so technically, "patent maker" is more accurate than "gadget maker" or "device maker". Fun times.
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'Tis the season
by orfanum on Tue 20th Dec 2011 12:38 UTC
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Of peace to all men, women, and sundry other creatures. Come on, kiss and make up now, or it's the Ghost of Christmas Future for both of you.

As an aside (call it 'Yuletide musings..'): I love being here on OSNews but increasingly find that tech is part of the problem overall, not part of the solution, and not simply because of warring device makers and the whims of fanboys. I have fiddled with configuration files like the best (or, rather, worst) of them but now I feel that we are fiddling while Rome burns. The global economy is in deep wotsit, and literally millions are in tumult over just that issue (not to mention wars, famine, etc., etc., etc.).

We have hacker types talking up drones to spy on police and security forces as part of the fighting back, and I kind of get their point; however, the ultimate binary here for me is technology versus consciousness; many appear to believe we may hit a critical mass of interconnected machine intelligence and human comprehension, aka the Singularity (I am being simplistic, OK, bear with me) in the near future but for me, technology has created a crass, almost 'asocial media' (tm), and we already have the mental tools to expand consciousness, have possessed them for thousands of years. They come free with birth for those lucky enough to be healthy.

Let's leave behind the technology that apparently serves to "get things done", and let's embrace the human mind, its soul, its imagination, which serve to know both your own and other beings. Nothing that we ourselves shall devise will ever touch the human complex in terms of subtlety and complexity, and you are surrounded by millions of examples. Chuck the code and speak to your neighbour.

Peace to all at this time of year.

I am bowing out for a while.

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