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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"And to take away the massive investment that companies like Netscape and Apple made to take what was, for all intents and purposes, a good idea and turn that into a desirable product, well, you can go back to Lee's internet, pre-iPad tablets and pre Mac GUIs and let us know how much you enjoy it."

I wonder if there's an objective way to make determinations about how other timelines would evolve if variables were tweaked here and there. Often times people claim that things would be worse if X hadn't happened. All can say for sure is that things would be different, but for all we know other time lines may actually be better than ours.

Just to be clear, I'm not trying to make a claim that someone else couldn't have done what, in this discussion, Netscape and Apple did. What I am saying is worshipping the inventor and minimizing the ones who see the promise in the invention and then make it into something useful is incredibly shortsighted. Seeing promise in a technology and making it useful and usable in everyday life is at least as important as the original invention.

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