Linked by Thom Holwerda on Mon 18th Apr 2011 21:29 UTC
Legal Well. Raise your hands if you didn't see this one coming. Nobody is safe from Apple's and Microsoft's legal crusade against Android, not even Samsung, which supplies a lot of chips to Apple. Apple has sued Samsung for copying Cupertino's look and feel in various Samsung devices. This is about as surprising as the tides rolling in. Update: And Samsung's going to strike back. Hit 'm hard, Samsung. I don't like you anymore than any of these other patent trolls, but maybe we'll finally see it all crash and burn.
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The worst...
by Neolander on Wed 20th Apr 2011 07:43 UTC
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The worst with this "never copy my product" attitude, in my opinion, is that it forces people to reinvent the square wheel more than they'd spontaneously do, which is bad news.

Anyone who ever had to use two Latin keyboard layouts in an alternate fashion will know why. Having dozens of slightly differing implementations of the same functionality is bad news for usability. Not to mention how faster progress could be n a more cooperative model (less bugs, more available working time otherwise spent in effort duplication).

Effort duplication is sometimes justified, but it should be justified by objective technical concerns, not by a legal mess.

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