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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RE[5]: two sides of the coin
by demosthenese on Tue 20th Dec 2011 21:12 UTC in reply to "RE[4]: two sides of the coin"
demosthenese
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2011-02-01

Bad analogy in that Russia invaded Poland at the start of WWII

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RE[6]: two sides of the coin
by JAlexoid on Wed 21st Dec 2011 00:35 in reply to "RE[5]: two sides of the coin"
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2009-05-19

Off topic - But technically Poland was no longer a country(as in, already occupied by Germany) when Russia invaded. Not defending that decision, obviously.

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RE[7]: two sides of the coin
by zima on Tue 27th Dec 2011 23:59 in reply to "RE[6]: two sides of the coin"
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2005-07-06

Not quite, on 17th September the largest battle of the campaign was still ongoing. Also, Warsaw wasn't captured (likewise large cities on the east) & it held out under attack for over a week longer.
Armed forces were still coherent and fighting, one of the largest battles of the campaign was initiated on the day of Soviet invasion. The administration on areas which the Soviet Union would invade was functioning (heck, it largely sorta continued to do so while under occupation, a bit unlike few other countries); also transport, industry ...switched towards war effort, as far as it could be done on such rather short notice.

Come on, the joint German-Russian invasion was pre-arranged in Ribbentrop-Molotov pact! The Soviets were just delaying their invasion, the Germans urging them to act according to agreement.

Sure there was some chaos always inherent in war, but also a strategic retreat - and it was quite feasible that the 'bastion' in SE region would hold long enough for resupplies and reinforcements, in a strategically advantageous (opposite German forces) position (vs. what the Polish forces had to deal with earlier, essentially an encirclement of the whole western part of the country by the Third Reich); that was the plan. Soviet army attacking the region "in the back" was what shattered this possibility ...so, in light of that, the Polish government ordered an evacuation of the remaining forces, the orders were largely executed - how a non-existing administration could do that?

In part it was a propaganda / excuse the Soviets used to justify the invasion, to "protect" the population of 'failed' state.

IIRC you are from the general area, one of the Baltic states, which experienced the "care" of the Soviets... also annexed by the Soviet Union within a year, also on the basis of the Ribbentrop-Molotov pact. Was it because it "was no longer a country"?

Edited 2011-12-28 00:01 UTC

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RE[6]: two sides of the coin
by zima on Mon 26th Dec 2011 00:17 in reply to "RE[5]: two sides of the coin"
zima Member since:
2005-07-06

Bad analogy in that Russia invaded Poland at the start of WWII

Hm, it might be not such a bad one precisely because of this... Samsung is not exactly an angel overall, after all.

The Soviet Union wouldn't be so quick to do that without the initiative from Nazi Germany ...and, in the end, proved that - while by no means angels themselves - they were still "better" (the simplest proof: East German people exist (and AFAIK there was never any talk of anything else, also while Western Allies seriously contemplated Morgenthau Plan for a few years) - that's something which would be granted only in a quite limited way to Slavic nations by Nazi Germany - and actually, DDR was one of more decent places in the Soviet Block, eventually it was very much seen as "the west" also figuratively, even in a place just a short hop across the Oder)

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