Linked by Thom Holwerda on Wed 6th Jun 2012 22:53 UTC
Legal Five US carriers, nearly identical devices, millions and millions of pre-orders, virtually simultaneous launch - and that's just the US. The Galaxy SIII might be hideous, Samsung is still doing something right here. No surprise, then, that Apple has, once again, decided to compete in the court room instead of on the shelves: they're asking for a US import ban on the SIII [FOSS Patents link].
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RE: innovation vs. litigation
by WereCatf on Thu 7th Jun 2012 02:42 UTC in reply to "innovation vs. litigation"
WereCatf
Member since:
2006-02-15

To be honest, no matter what you do you're still financially supporting "the bad guys." Even paying taxes means you're supporting a government that pushes for ever harder IP-laws and ever less consumer rights.

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Alfman Member since:
2011-01-28

WereCatf,

"To be honest, no matter what you do you're still financially supporting 'the bad guys.'"

The OP should stick to his principals but you are right too. It is very difficult to completely avoid Microsoft's monopoly.

You need professional accountants/lawyers/doctors/dentists/etc? Take a look at what they're running, it's always windows. Even if they don't need windows, it's usually the sole platform supported by the commercial apps they do need.

Windows is on embedded devices where there is no discernible evidence of it whatsoever. Though these are often given away by a BSOD. Some examples I have witnessed personally are: ATMs, arcade games, airport consoles, cable television guide channels, gasoline station consoles, cash registers.

The point being that some portion of what you spend will be making it's way into microsoft's account and there's very little one can do to control it.

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Neolander Member since:
2010-03-08

And even if you manage to avoid Windows on workstations, what you often end up using instead is OSX. Funding Apple is not necessarily better, as this article shows...

(Though with 10 years of service, my iMac from work certainly didn't bring Apple so much yearly average revenue ;) )

Edited 2012-06-07 14:36 UTC

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RE[2]: innovation vs. litigation
by ndrw on Thu 7th Jun 2012 04:50 in reply to "RE: innovation vs. litigation"
ndrw Member since:
2009-06-30

Fair point but you simply can't change the system alone. Voting system is already broken to the point that the system is serving itself. Whatever you do you simply can't change it the legal way - just forget it. All you can decide is "a color of a shed".

I grew up in a totalitarian country and, sadly, I can see a lot of its policies coming back. All my early life was fighting problems (arbitrary laws and regulations, not unlike the whole IP thing), which simply wouldn't exist if I was born on the other side of the iron curtain (I wish I knew where is one today).

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isaba Member since:
2006-12-30

I grew up in a totalitarian country


Me too, and mine is located in the western hemisphere.

Can't you all smell it? Totalitarianism is already everywhere...You know, rich are richer, poor are poorer and all that (and accelerating).

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