Linked by Thom Holwerda on Wed 4th Jul 2012 23:08 UTC
Google Apparently, this is a major victory of the patent system. This, this right here, this is what the patent system has come to. This is the destructive effect it's having on this once beautiful industry. Thanks to trolls like Apple and Microsoft, basic, elemental functionality is being removed from devices people already own.
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Boycott US products
by ozonehole on Thu 5th Jul 2012 00:46 UTC
ozonehole
Member since:
2006-01-07

Thom, if I remember correctly, you own an iPad (or maybe it was an iPhone, I can't remember). Perhaps it is time for you and others to simply not buy anything from Apple, or Microsoft. For that matter, try to avoid buying anything made in the USA. This crap isn't going to change as long as consumers so eagerly give their money to the American corporate overlords who are ruining the whole world's legal system.

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RE: Boycott US products
by jimmystewpot on Thu 5th Jul 2012 01:19 in reply to "Boycott US products"
jimmystewpot Member since:
2006-01-19

I agree. I don't buy or support any products where people use the patent system to stifle innovation... that basically means Microsoft, Oracle, Apple etc...

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RE: Boycott US products
by SlackerJack on Thu 5th Jul 2012 01:32 in reply to "Boycott US products"
SlackerJack Member since:
2005-11-12

Totally agreed and it's one reason I don't support Apple and have never brought any of their products.

It always amazes me that people use products that they moan about so much, words mean nothing if you don't act on them and plenty of shallow people for Apple and Microsoft to hoover up.

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RE: Boycott US products
by Thom_Holwerda on Thu 5th Jul 2012 09:56 in reply to "Boycott US products"
Thom_Holwerda Member since:
2005-06-29

Thom, if I remember correctly, you own an iPad (or maybe it was an iPhone, I can't remember).


I sold my iPad 2 a earlier this year, and pre-ordered a Nexus 7 a few days ago. I do still have an iPhone 3GS, but I loaned it to my best friend months ago, and she still uses it - without a SIM, so basically it's an iPod Touch to her. I don't want or need it back, she can keep it.

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RE: Boycott US products
by ricegf on Thu 5th Jul 2012 11:37 in reply to "Boycott US products"
ricegf Member since:
2007-04-25

For the record, I've used Linux on my desktops and laptops since 2000, and on my mobile devices since I left PalmOS in 2006. I've never paid Apple a penny.

My reasoning is exactly yours - both Apple and Microsoft want to own me rather than profit by serving me well, and I'm simply not interested.

I still use Windows and iOS part-time on company-owned machines, but I'm much more productive on Linux. My company noticed, too - my team starts production roll-out of hundreds of Linux machines next Monday.

Vive la liberté!

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RE: Boycott US products
by Flatland_Spider on Thu 5th Jul 2012 20:32 in reply to "Boycott US products"
Flatland_Spider Member since:
2006-09-01

Already done. I vote with my dollars based on my morals and preferences, and no one is going to convince me to do otherwise. Everyone should do the same.*


*I realize not everyone holds the same convictions, and I still encourage this, even if the convictions are polar opposites of my convictions.

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