Linked by Thom Holwerda on Tue 20th Dec 2011 11:27 UTC
Legal I'm guessing Apple is getting desperate, since its software patent lawsuits aren't doing particularly well. Moving on from software and design patents, the company is now suing Samsung over... Patents for mobile phone and tablet cases (more at The Verge). I think Apple has more offensive lawsuits than products now, so technically, "patent maker" is more accurate than "gadget maker" or "device maker". Fun times.
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'Tis the season
by orfanum on Tue 20th Dec 2011 12:38 UTC
orfanum
Member since:
2006-06-02

Of peace to all men, women, and sundry other creatures. Come on, kiss and make up now, or it's the Ghost of Christmas Future for both of you.

As an aside (call it 'Yuletide musings..'): I love being here on OSNews but increasingly find that tech is part of the problem overall, not part of the solution, and not simply because of warring device makers and the whims of fanboys. I have fiddled with configuration files like the best (or, rather, worst) of them but now I feel that we are fiddling while Rome burns. The global economy is in deep wotsit, and literally millions are in tumult over just that issue (not to mention wars, famine, etc., etc., etc.).

We have hacker types talking up drones to spy on police and security forces as part of the fighting back, and I kind of get their point; however, the ultimate binary here for me is technology versus consciousness; many appear to believe we may hit a critical mass of interconnected machine intelligence and human comprehension, aka the Singularity (I am being simplistic, OK, bear with me) in the near future but for me, technology has created a crass, almost 'asocial media' (tm), and we already have the mental tools to expand consciousness, have possessed them for thousands of years. They come free with birth for those lucky enough to be healthy.

Let's leave behind the technology that apparently serves to "get things done", and let's embrace the human mind, its soul, its imagination, which serve to know both your own and other beings. Nothing that we ourselves shall devise will ever touch the human complex in terms of subtlety and complexity, and you are surrounded by millions of examples. Chuck the code and speak to your neighbour.

Peace to all at this time of year.

I am bowing out for a while.

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RE: 'Tis the season
by Fergy on Tue 20th Dec 2011 19:15 in reply to "'Tis the season"
Fergy Member since:
2006-04-10

Let's leave behind the technology that apparently serves to "get things done", and let's embrace the human mind, its soul, its imagination, which serve to know both your own and other beings.

I think you are on the wrong website. Here are some better places for you:
http://www.scientology.org/
http://mormon.org/
http://www.amish.net/
http://www.jaingyan.com/

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RE: 'Tis the season
by Neolander on Wed 21st Dec 2011 08:48 in reply to "'Tis the season"
Neolander Member since:
2010-03-08

The only thing that allowed the human race to survive in spite of having a horrifically weak body is tools forged from its intelligence, what you call technology. This is why it is the big deal.

Global crises everywhere, so what ? We can do nothing about them crazy traders, and they are much more the expression of a financial system gone horribly wrong than any consequence of technological evolution. Meanwhile, at my scale, I am happy to have fun creating stuff that make my life and that of others a little easier, and contrary to what you seem to think it doesn't prevent me to have a social life.

Edited 2011-12-21 09:05 UTC

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RE[2]: 'Tis the season
by unclefester on Wed 21st Dec 2011 13:16 in reply to "RE: 'Tis the season"
unclefester Member since:
2007-01-13

The only thing that allowed the human race to survive in spite of having a horrifically weak body is tools forged from its intelligence, what you call technology. This is why it is the big deal.


I suggest you watch a strongman competition, the Tour de France or the Hawaiian Triathlon before concluding that humans are horrifically weak.

Most modern humans are weak simply because we are don't do anywhere near enough vigorous physical activity to develop a healthy physique (hunter-gathers average 3-4 hours a day "exercise"). Humans are not naturally weak and feeble.

A well trained human can easily outrun virtually any other animal (except wolves and wild dogs) over a long distance. The traditional Khoisan hunters of the Kalahari desert hunted game by chasing it on foot for up to 80km. The animals would collapse or even die from exhaustion during the pursuit.

The best ultra-endurance runners can over 200km in a 24 hour period (the record is 303km).

An elite sprinter can beat race horses over 30-40 metres from a standing start.

We have greater visual acuity and better colour perception than virtually all other mammals.

Humans are far better swimmers than any other land mammals.

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