Linked by Thom Holwerda on Wed 4th Jan 2012 18:28 UTC
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[3]: Its a cultural thing
by unclefester on Fri 6th Jan 2012 04:40 UTC in reply to "RE[2]: Its a cultural thing"
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The Chinese didn't stop trade with the west as a part of a nefarious plan. The real reason was that the West had very little worthwhile to offer. Most Western products in the 1840s were mass produced consumer junk - tinware, crude stamped pottery etc - all products that the Chinese could produce cheaper and better. Why would any sane person swap Chinese tea (worth thousands of dollars a kilo in today's money) for some crappy English pottery or coarse wool cloth?

The Chinese also had no need for steam engines as labour was very cheap.

Your idea that inventions spring fully formed after spending millions on research is ludicrous. All R&D is really little more than a refinement of existing ideas (virtually all of which were originally discovered by accident and tinkering).

James Watt didn't invent the steam engine he merely improved the existing century year old designs. Before that he made counterfeits of expensive German flutes.

The electric motor concept was discovered by accident when two hand operated generators were accidently connected to each other. The EMF was also originally discovered by accident.

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