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: 'Tis the season
by Neolander on Wed 21st Dec 2011 08:48 UTC 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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