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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phoudoin
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2006-06-09

Software engineers are very, very highly paid employees.


Yeah, right. We all knows that software engineers are rich, sure. Reality check, anytime?

Do these clowns really think it's in our country's best interest to force our domestic companies to spend huge amounts of money on RnD so that some Korean company can just copy cat our designs and equally profit?


1) Design is not a software
2) *your* definition of copy cat will make every car a copy of the Ford T. The law quite disagree on that consequence.

Android is extremely similar to iOS in many respects


No. The ideas are similar (as most are), the implementation is totally different.
And the idea can't be *own*, except if you keep it secret. As soon as you express it, make it public, show your implementation, others will get it too.
That the beauty of Knowledge - yes, with a big K like in Key concept - and sorry, but Knowledge has made *far* more for humankind than competition and trade.

Oh, BTW, iOS is also become more and more similar to Android on many aspects since a couple of years. Still copy cat, or just another implementation of same idea, like multitasking, system-wide clipboard, central notification?

Patent system was not invented to transform knowledge into a property, but to allow people to have some time to benefit for an idea *first* implementation.

These days it becomes a way to *own* and idea and therefore to forbid any other implementation, sometimes to forbid its implementation even.

And, no, it's not being responsible to (ab)use a system you know is broken but that benefit you more that way. It's called abusing, not using, period.

Last but not least, in a world where corporations are considering like a citizen, often with more rights than an individual, being responsible corporation means to *also* fight for a better world, not just for better profit for itself alone. Otherwise it's just a corporation, but any attempt to called itself responsible is not enough. It's like green-washing. You needs to do what you say, not only say what you think consumer wants you to do.

Anyway, people has power. You wants Apple to change behavior? Stop buying there stuffs and make sure they know why you stop it.

Money system is not yet broken. Let's use it fully.

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