Linked by Thom Holwerda on Thu 7th Oct 2010 09:35 UTC, submitted by lemur2
Legal And so, the idiocy in the mobile industry continues. Motorola has just upped the ante in this already ridiculous spider web of lawsuits by suing the pants off Apple. Eighteen patents are involved, most of which seem to be actual hardware patents, but that doesn't make some of them any less obvious (apparently, you can patent the location of your antenna). Anywho, like Nokia, Motorola claims that Apple is unwilling to license Motorola's patents, and as such, suing was the only option.
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Safer?
by UltraZelda64 on Thu 7th Oct 2010 10:46 UTC
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2006-12-05

"I am slightly milder towards companies like Nokia and Motorola (compared to, say, Microsoft and Apple), because these two have genuinely helped develop and create the hardware backbone of mobile telephony, a true gift to the world that has made the lives of many people easier and safer..."

I don't know, all the idiots I see driving around with a cell phone held firmly to their head make me believe otherwise. As far as I'm concerned, they're as potentially dangerous as a drunk driver, and there are probably many times more of them than drunk drivers. At least drunk drivers often have a valid excuse: they were already f'ed up out of their minds and didn't know what the hell they were before they even got in the vehicle. Cell phone drivers? Not at all, they're just naturally plain stupid.

Edited 2010-10-07 10:58 UTC

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RE: Safer?
by tyrione on Thu 7th Oct 2010 22:13 in reply to "Safer?"
tyrione Member since:
2005-11-21

"I am slightly milder towards companies like Nokia and Motorola (compared to, say, Microsoft and Apple), because these two have genuinely helped develop and create the hardware backbone of mobile telephony, a true gift to the world that has made the lives of many people easier and safer..."

I don't know, all the idiots I see driving around with a cell phone held firmly to their head make me believe otherwise. As far as I'm concerned, they're as potentially dangerous as a drunk driver, and there are probably many times more of them than drunk drivers. At least drunk drivers often have a valid excuse: they were already f'ed up out of their minds and didn't know what the hell they were before they even got in the vehicle. Cell phone drivers? Not at all, they're just naturally plain stupid.


Here in Washington State it's a ticket and an open door for law enforcement to search your vehicle for being so stupid as not to use a bluetooth headset or other hands free device.

The fine is $124.

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RE[2]: Safer?
by UltraZelda64 on Fri 8th Oct 2010 02:21 in reply to "RE: Safer?"
UltraZelda64 Member since:
2006-12-05

I don't think hands free shouldn't get anyone out of trouble. They still have to reach for the phone, wherever they have it sitting, to begin or end a call. And getting too focused on a conversation, especially when trying extra hard just to hear the person on the other side of the line with an earpiece and road noises outside, can be downright dangerous. "Hands-free" is a little bit better than holding the phone (you have two hands while talking at least), but still not good enough. IMO, cell phones should just not be used in cars, especially by the driver, when the car is not in park. Any law against it, I won't argue: I'll never be seen driving with a phone in my hand.

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