Linked by Thom Holwerda on Tue 8th Nov 2011 17:25 UTC
Oracle and SUN Now that Hewlett-Packard appears to be a little tipsy, not really knowing where it is and what it's doing, Reuters is reporting that the company is working on selling its webOS operating system. HP acquired webOS as part of its purchase of Palm, made a big fuss about the whole thing, and then let it fizzle out. The company rumoured buy webOS? Oracle.
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RE[3]: Comment by arpan
by rdean400 on Tue 8th Nov 2011 23:40 UTC in reply to "RE[2]: Comment by arpan"
rdean400
Member since:
2006-10-18

Innovation relies on standing on the shoulders of giants. If each of the giants charges a fee, innovation goes nowhere. Imagine what wouldn't have happened if Vint Cerf had been so short-sighted as to patent the WWW.

Google didn't rip off Sun/Oracle. They innovated in the space because it was clear Sun wasn't going to do anything to meet their needs. Android might look something like iOS now, but it's all based on metaphors that started with the earliest PDAs.

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RE[4]: Comment by arpan
by MOS6510 on Wed 9th Nov 2011 07:07 in reply to "RE[3]: Comment by arpan"
MOS6510 Member since:
2011-05-12

I don't mind innovation and I don't like all this license/IP/patent stuff. But considering we do have those it is no surprise companies sue each other and as Google & friends are "BIG" they become a target. And companies shoot at them, that doesn't mean/prove there is an axis of evil formed to attack Google.

The Android idea is innovative, but the execution is not. It's mostly not innovation, but copying. Before Samsung copied Apple's stuff they copied stuff from others.

Other companies do this too and it's not difficult to understand way, the enormous success and public image of Apple. Even little things like sticking an S behind your latest product is probably inspired by the iPhone 3GS and iPhone 4S. It's all about saying "well, it's not an iPhone, but it's roughly the same and cheaper so buy me instead".

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RE[4]: Comment by arpan
by Vanders on Wed 9th Nov 2011 11:31 in reply to "RE[3]: Comment by arpan"
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2005-07-06

Imagine what wouldn't have happened if Vint Cerf had been so short-sighted as to patent the WWW.


If Vint Cerf had patented the world wide web I'd have to say that would be amazingly far sighted of him, given that the world wide web wasn't invented until Tim Berners-Lee developed it in 1990.

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RE[5]: Comment by arpan
by rdean400 on Thu 10th Nov 2011 03:33 in reply to "RE[4]: Comment by arpan"
rdean400 Member since:
2006-10-18

WWW = internet (Cerf) + httpd (Berners-Lee)

If either had patented their contribution the web would have not taken off ... people would have stayed on AOL for their e-mail.

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