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

Just to make it clear, in I have nothing against rich people and I don't feel particularly sorry for poor ones. In normal circumstances, at least.

What I'm against is strong governments of any kind, because they always end up serving themselves, not the people. A tyranny or communism by definition have a strong government (otherwise they wouldn't be able to force people to stay), but democracy may end up with one too. Just spoil people with printed/borrowed money and they will unanimously vote for more government.

What comes next is an explosion of various laws and regulations (IP laws, import restriction, employment and immigration restriction, safety regulations, surveillance and censorship, ...). It doesn't matter what they do, as long as they place power in government's hands and make people more dependent. Stupid laws, which fight laws of economics or physics, are in fact preferable - they make it damn sure that no one else will even accidentally benefit from them.

Over time, the restrictions can become pretty severe (it's a long way down) but, as strange as it may seem, few people will notice that. Most will simply take them as a fact of life and will even argue for more of it.

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