Linked by Thom Holwerda on Wed 4th Jul 2012 23:08 UTC
Google Apparently, this is a major victory of the patent system. This, this right here, this is what the patent system has come to. This is the destructive effect it's having on this once beautiful industry. Thanks to trolls like Apple and Microsoft, basic, elemental functionality is being removed from devices people already own.
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uridium
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2009-08-20

Short story from a while ago. Buy an apple mbp. Get the completely all-singing-dancing edition. 5800$. It has the T7800 Extreme Ed CPU at 2.66Ghz, it has the 8600GTS GPU. It has 4gb ram. it has 7200rpm disk. It has the glossy screen. This model was later dubbed the "Chernobyl" edition. So much heat. Does apple go "Oh! we made a defective product and we should replace it?" No. They push out a firmware patch that limits:
a) GPU Max speed. Framerate in games now halves till the system still gets too hot, then slows further when it gets hotter.
b) hdd is perpetually going to sleep after 3 mins.
c) CPU now never goes over 2ghz. Ever. Even when loaded with an program I wrote that smashes both cores doing intensive transaction processing.

So.. why did I spend all that money for a fast laptop that is now beaten by the bottom entry of the same series? Because I paid for the privilege.

Get used to companies nerfing your product via updates for any reason they want. Legal or otherwise.

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