Linked by Thom Holwerda on Wed 28th Sep 2011 15:36 UTC
PDAs, Cellphones, Wireless This is the biggest one yet. Microsoft's professional extortion campaign - the third side of the same triangle it shares with Apple and Oracle - has finally hit Samsung. The two companies have signed a patent licensing agreement concerning Samsung's use of Android, in which a rumoured fee of $15 (!) per device will flow from Seoul to Redmond. Not entirely coincidentally, that's about the price of a Windows Phone 7 license.
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by Icaria on Thu 29th Sep 2011 07:09 UTC
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I hate to repeat myself but the leading, heavily editorialised presentation of this story is really unnecessary.


Anyway, wasn't it rumoured that HTC is only paying $1-2 per device? How'd Samsung screw up negotiations so badly? The thought of $1-2 of my money going to MS is hard enough to stomach, now I'm not sure I could bring myself to buy a Samsung Android phone.

Here's hoping Samsung start selling Android phones without Android, with the 'sync' software downloading and installing CyanogenMod. It's not going to happen but I can always dream.

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by ilovebeer on Fri 30th Sep 2011 16:19 in reply to "."
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Anyway, wasn't it rumoured that HTC is only paying $1-2 per device? How'd Samsung screw up negotiations so badly? The thought of $1-2 of my money going to MS is hard enough to stomach, now I'm not sure I could bring myself to buy a Samsung Android phone.


Why exactly are you so emotionally invested? Are you a shareholder? Have family members that work for these companies? If your just a mere end-user then you should really remove yourself from what HTC pays as it has absolutely no affect on your life what-so-ever. If you need something to spend your time & energy on, find a good charity and have at it.

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by tomcat on Fri 30th Sep 2011 18:13 in reply to "RE: ."
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Why exactly are you so emotionally invested? Are you a shareholder? Have family members that work for these companies? If your just a mere end-user then you should really remove yourself from what HTC pays as it has absolutely no affect on your life what-so-ever. If you need something to spend your time & energy on, find a good charity and have at it.


Because his sense of self-worth seems to be derived from what he carries around with him in his pocket.

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by Icaria on Sat 1st Oct 2011 05:32 in reply to "RE: ."
Icaria Member since:
2010-06-19

Why exactly are you so emotionally invested?


Through what warped-arse interpretation of my post did you get the impression that I'm emotionally invested?

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by zima on Wed 5th Oct 2011 23:51 in reply to "RE: ."
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Don't be obtuse (and that goes for the thread beside). Or are you really so blissfully unaware how interconnected the societies are?

People who don't care where their money goes, as long as they feel good about their (any) new toys (this, and how consumers justify post-factum the prices to themselves, leads also to the waste of positional or veblen goods BTW), when even a choice of "lesser evil" is quite straightforward, are a major push behind most of the harm in the world. Paying lip-service and throwing change to some random charities, to feel better about yourself, doesn't make too much of a difference.

That sad state of the world certainly does fall under what you even bold nearby, is certainly "old-fashioned" and "crazy" ...small steps (starting where it's easy, getting used to it, and going further from there) could start really changing it down the line. If there are enough people doing them, it could eventually really change the stakes in the world (and BTW - taxes, how they are used, and govs themselves, are a collective reflection of our own desires).
Or you can just cowardly escape from that responsibility.

And one piece of trivia - BillG, on the power afforded by MS and its fortunes, pushes western-style IP rights onto developing world under the guise of help. Which will have a direct impact for example on the future availability of crucially important, inexpensive generic medicines.

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