Linked by Thom Holwerda on Thu 18th Mar 2010 23:21 UTC
Legal Finally - after a few weeks, HTC has actually officially issued a statement regarding the patent infringement lawsuit Apple has thrown towards the Taiwanese phone maker. As you probably already anticipated, HTC states it will fully defend itself against Apple. It's on, it's on.
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RE: I would have liked to also see
by Laurence on Fri 19th Mar 2010 09:44 UTC in reply to "I would have liked to also see"
Laurence
Member since:
2007-03-26

I would have liked to also see quotes from Apple stating that they too would like to defend themselves from those that steal their patents.

We know this site's personal feelings on Apple, patents and even more directly Apple's patents however, which means there was no chance of that ever making it into the article.

I know a great deal of the readers on this site don't like patents and think of any company that enforces them is the evil... but keep in mind that HTC will be using their patent portfolio as their defense. This means that any advocacy of one over the other in this case is simply fanboyism.

It's important to illustrate that just because you disagree with patents in general or even ownership of the specific patents in question doesn't in any way mean that they are invalid.

Any discussion moving forward should keep this in mind. .



You're forgetting one thing - Thom has already reported on Apple's point of view in a previous article.

While it would have been helpful for him to hyperlink to that article, repeating what has already been reported would have been pointless.

furthermore, some of your comments (particularly the part where you openly accused Thom of anti-Apple fanboyism) is just going to provoke arguments instead of a balanced mature discussion like you said you wanted.

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Thom_Holwerda Member since:
2005-06-29

Don't bother - he is a known troll on OSNews who, by now, has about 15 accounts on OSNews. At one point, he used like 8 of them simultaneously to mod down anti-Apple comments, and promote pro-Apple ones.

He's the only case of astroturfing we've ever had. We had people consistently modding down one other specific user, but never something like this. It'sad, since we have enough Apple fans on this board to defend Apple without him running around like an idiot.

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SReilly Member since:
2006-12-28

Lol! Wow, I had no idea, thanks for pointing that out. Any hope in banning him/her/it?

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Laurence Member since:
2007-03-26

Don't bother - he is a known troll on OSNews who, by now, has about 15 accounts on OSNews. At one point, he used like 8 of them simultaneously to mod down anti-Apple comments, and promote pro-Apple ones.

He's the only case of astroturfing we've ever had. We had people consistently modding down one other specific user, but never something like this. It'sad, since we have enough Apple fans on this board to defend Apple without him running around like an idiot.


Thanks for the heads up.

I was chuckling to myself when reading his comments as I recall you mentioning that you own an iPhone.

In fact -and going further off topic- it's quite amusing (though no doubt frustrating for you) how one week you'll be accused of being an Apple hater then the next you week you'll be branded a Microsoft hater. Heck, I've even read a post or two from people complaining that you must hate open source as you don't elevate every distro update to the front page!

I've often toyed with the idea of starting up a similar new site come blog (as I'm an opinionated b*****d) but I just don't think I could handle the additional commitment (drain on time et al) and the abuse that follows. So thank God someone else does.

Edited 2010-03-19 10:10 UTC

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