Linked by Thom Holwerda on Sun 14th Mar 2010 15:12 UTC
Legal It's no secret to anyone that while Apple sued HTC, the lawsuit is more about Google than HTC itself. Since Android is open source, and owned by no one, it's kind of hard to go after Google itself, and as such, HTC was the prime target, since it is the number one Android smartphone maker. The New York Times has an in-depth article up about the subject, with a whole boatload of quotes from people within the two companies, and it paints a picture of all this being a highly emotional and personal vendetta - especially from Apple's side.
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Oh, well...
by Neolander on Mon 15th Mar 2010 08:42 UTC
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If it's only about Steve Jobs being a little more dictatorial than usual, it's fine. All human beings are equal facing death. He's 55, got some serious health problems in the past, I bet he's not going over 80. It may sound creepy, but I'm really waiting for him to die.

Apple's story is strongly linked to that of Jobs. He's a man who's good at doing management, he finds good engineers and makes them work together. He's the sole man in Apple history who did that properly. But when he gets into engineering, his ideas are horrible.

Trying to convince Wozniak that the Apple II should not be offered much expandability capabilities ? Jobs.
Making pixel-perfect copy of Xerox's work in the Lisa, then destroying the initially innovative Macintosh project in order to make a Lisa clone after being fired from the Lisa team ? Jobs.
Making computers bundled with monitors so that when one of them fails one has to replace both ? Jobs.
Making the Apple III an unreliable machine by pushing unrealistic engineering ideas ? Jobs.
Forcing iPod users to deal with a media player and a USB/FW cable sold under a 40€ price tag in order to transfer data (WTF ?) ? Jobs.
Forcing people wanting Apple software to buy proprietary hardware (like those horrible multitouch trackpads which often get confused between zooming gestures and panning gestures when doing word processing) ? Jobs.
App store licensing terms, App store-only model ? Jobs.

At least it's what it sounds like when reading through Apple's history. I'm not yet perfectly sure of it. So when he dies, I'll carefully watch his successor's actions. Then I'll know if Apple in intrinsically evil or if, as I think, it's a bunch of good engineers governed by a horrible CEO.

And, in the latter case, I might get out of linux non-standardization hell and buy some Apple hardware or software then, provided that its successor removes all stupid limitations ;)

Edited 2010-03-15 08:49 UTC

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