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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The patent system is old, but so is the U.S. Constitution. It gets reinterpreted all the time.

I do understand where you're coming from, but it simply isn't the capitalistic way of doing things. Over time, companies who devote the time, money, effort, and put the consumer first make the most money. (Save for a few sectors... Oil, for instance.) It isn't perfect, but it's a hell of a lot better than socialism or communism. By point:

1.) Software Engineers (in the United States) are highly sought-after and make six figures with a few years of experience. Not many jobs with a BS have that privilege.

2.) You're wrong about the Model T. Henry Ford's patents have expired. There were over 150. Those designs lawfully belong to the world. Thanks for making my argument for me.

3.) Apple's behavior doesn't need changing. They are among the best companies in the world, by anyone's measure. They won't stand for other companies sleeping on the job, then making the best copy cat to profit from. Wan't a great product? Put in the effort.

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