Linked by Thom Holwerda on Thu 24th May 2012 10:09 UTC
Legal "The widely anticipated two-day meeting between chief executives of Samsung and Apple yielded no agreement between the parties mired in a hot legal dispute over copyright infringements." Why end fruitless litigation and spend that money on improving products or, I don't know, charity, when you could throw money at lawyers instead, to the benefit of absolutely no one? These lawsuits are Jobs' blemish on the company, but Apple can't back out now for fear of losing face, even though Cook has indicated he really wants to. Petty.
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RE: What a surprise
by REM2000 on Thu 24th May 2012 12:21 UTC in reply to "What a surprise"
REM2000
Member since:
2006-07-25

A lot of the Steve Jobs hatred of Android stemmed from the 80's and the percieved rip off of Microsoft Windows from the Apple Mac, i don't think SJ ever got over this.

Personally along with everyone else i think it's stupid to try and patent ideas such as these, if it wasn't for Volvo we wouldn't have the seat belt in every car and if it wasn't for Mercedes Benz we wouldn't have anti-lock brakes. The key is not to invent something and then rest on your laurels, as indeed steve jobs said you have to skate to where the puck will be not to where it is.

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RE[2]: What a surprise
by Radio on Thu 24th May 2012 13:00 in reply to "RE: What a surprise"
Radio Member since:
2009-06-20

Say "no" to car analogies. Please. It is truly the Godwin point of hitech discussions (not fore trolling aspect - there is none - but for the inevitability that this comparison will creep up sooner or later).

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RE[2]: What a surprise
by cyrilleberger on Thu 24th May 2012 14:18 in reply to "RE: What a surprise"
cyrilleberger Member since:
2006-02-01

Personally along with everyone else i think it's stupid to try and patent ideas such as these, if it wasn't for Volvo we wouldn't have the seat belt in every car and if it wasn't for Mercedes Benz we wouldn't have anti-lock brakes. The key is not to invent something and then rest on your laurels, as indeed steve jobs said you have to skate to where the puck will be not to where it is.


Lets kill this car analogy, once and for all, we have seat belts in every car because states regulation say that every cars should have seat belts, Volvo was merely a step on the way to such regulation, path that was started in the 19th Century, and before the invention of the three-points seat belt, many other inventors and companies have worked on the concept. Mercedes did not invent ABS, it was first invented in 1920s by Gabriel Voisin for airplanes, and after many companies including Mercedes, Chrysler, BMW, GM, Nissan... have worked on improving the concept.

So what does the car analogy told us ? That those great invention (seat-belt and ABS) were actually the results of many people and companies building on the invention brought by others. And the interesting thing is that Volvo did not block competitors to use the three-point seat belt. And that is the problem most people have with Apple, they are trying to block competition, while they have build their technologies upon the work on others, they don't want other to build and improve technologies upon their work.

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RE[3]: What a surprise
by REM2000 on Thu 24th May 2012 16:16 in reply to "RE[2]: What a surprise"
REM2000 Member since:
2006-07-25

Thats exactly what i meant that a lot of invention is done on the top of other people / teams / company works (standing on the shoulders of giants).

I used a car analogy as i hoped it would be the quickest way to convey the point that the patient system on technology is strangling invention and that the only way to stay on top is to keep innovating past your competitors not to keep them down with laws/patents.

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