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 Sat 1st Oct 2011 05:32 UTC in reply to "RE: ."
Icaria
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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 ilovebeer on Sat 1st Oct 2011 07:24 in reply to "RE[2]: ."
ilovebeer Member since:
2011-08-08

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


Quite simply the part where you displayed emotional attachment: "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."

It's beyond me why a person with no actual interests in these companies take their licensing agreement so serious as to not be sure they could "bring themselves (you) to buy a Samsung Android phone".

Maybe I'm old-fashioned or crazy but all I'm concerned with is 1) does the phone suit my needs, and 2) am I comfortable with the price. I couldn't care less if $1-2 of my no-longer-mine dollars goes to Microsoft or hookers & booze, and you shouldn't care either. There are plenty of worthy causes to spend your time on -- this isn't one of them, seriously.

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by Icaria on Sat 1st Oct 2011 07:58 in reply to "RE[3]: ."
Icaria Member since:
2010-06-19

When I have to pay an extra $15 for products, I'm given pause. When I have to pay an extra $15 for products, just to fill the pockets of third parties who contributed nothing of note to those products to justify the extra price, I'm given more pause. When I know that $15 is going to an organisation with a long history of being arse holes, I'm given yet more pause.


If you really don't get it, I invite you to shop at Icaria's grocery store. Our prices aren't great (drug habits are expensive, after all) but, well, what do you care where your money goes?

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