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PDAs, Cellphones, Wireless Hold on to your panties, because this should come as a surprise: I'm actually agreeing that Samsung is copying Apple. The Korean company just released a new entry-level Android smartphone, and it's called the Samsung Galaxy Ace Plus. While Apple's previous complaints regarding Samsung's supposed copying were obviously nonsense, this Galaxy Ace Plus, on the other hand... It's almost as if Samsung is giving Apple the finger by copying the iPhone 3G(S) almost verbatim.
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RE[2]: Its a cultural thing
by frderi on Thu 5th Jan 2012 21:36 UTC in reply to "RE: Its a cultural thing"
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Typical racist bullshit.

Typical meaningless leftist elitist snob antipose, skipping...

A huge portion of European industry in the 18th and 19th century was devoted to making copies of Chinese and Japanese goods - particularly porcelain, furniture, paintings and lacquer work. Much of this fakery was passed of as authentic to the unsuspecting European public.

In case you aren't aware almost every useful early western technology including irrigation, windmills, paper, moveable type printing, banknotes, firearms, gunpowder, rockets, porcelain, navigation, map making, alchemy and algebra were all copied from Asia and the Middle east.

You seem a bit confused. You are comparing basic materials and techniques with complex technological equipment. The techniques you mention did not cost hundreds of millions of dollars to develop and what you mention was often invented in the world concurrently. However, even if you comparison would make sense, its still a very one lopped one. Before IP laws, global trade was largely protected by keeping certain aspects of production under lock and key. Which the Chinese protected arguably at even more as vigurously as any other economical power, which is understating things quite a bit.

Porcelain was a very lucrative export product for the Chinese for several centuries for which they charged exorbirant prices, its production secrets guarded closely to protect their monopoly. The same was true for tea and silk, which both literally had to be pryed out of their hands before they were made available to the world. We do not have to owe any "thanks" to the Chinese for them, since they were not given to us in the first place. The only thing the Chinese were interested to trade them for was plain hard cash in the form of silver, foreigners were not even allowed to enter China let alone trade western products there.

By the way, Delft porcelain as made in Europe had its own distinctive style and became popular after chinese import became unavailable for trade after the fall of the Ming dynasty. Prior, Chinese porcelain was widely traded by western merchants and made it to Japan by the hands of the Dutch, which bacame one of the first porcelain producing countries outside of China. We are, however, still talking 16th century now.

If you're that keen in diving into 18th and 19th century history, you might want to have a look at the industrial revolution, propelled by the Watt steam engine, an English invention, the electrical motor, also from English soil; the first battery, an Italian invention, the first electrical cirquit, a German invention, before we move on to the icons in electrical engineering from the second half of the 19th century like Nicolai Tesla, Thomas Edison, Graham Bell and Ernst Werner von Siemens for your share of innovations which are closer to the field of technology we are currently discussing.

Other noteworthy 18th century events are the Anglo-Chinese wars, which show the Chinese long-standing knack at enforcing trade deficits.

And, since we live in the present after all, China's huge trade surplusses, or its leadership in counterfeiting, which accounts for 8% of its GDP.

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