Linked by Thom Holwerda on Thu 7th Jun 2012 21:23 UTC
Legal So, the next venue of patent trolling has just been opened. Apple has patented - quite specifically - the wedge shape of the MacBook Air. Not the general design or impression, no - just the wedge shape. This is interesting, because that wedge shape? Hit prior art in 3.2 seconds: the Vaio x505 from 2004. A wedge-shaped, superthin (for its day) laptop - exactly what Apple's design patent claims the company has invented.
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What should we expect from the company who brought us the musical rootkit?

Not strictly the same company... some people tend to see Sony as this monolithic evil empire, but it's more a relatively loose consortium, with various divisions often almost infighting.

So, yeah, we have shitty software on their laptops or audio rootkit ...and OTOH among the best console libraries of software (also from internal studios), the very nice Sony Vegas (yeah, bought - but they could destroy it in the years since; instead, it greatly improved), or portable audio players (plus mobile phones, e-book readers & shop) which are among most open ones.

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