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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These articles are seriously jokes...
by lilsim89 on Thu 5th Jul 2012 07:08 UTC
lilsim89
Member since:
2009-11-30

Software engineers are very, very highly paid employees. As are other IT professions. Do these clowns really think it's in our country's best interest to force our domestic companies to spend huge amounts of money on RnD so that some Korean company can just copy cat our designs and equally profit?

I don't doubt the need for sensibility in patent law enforcement, but Android is extremely similar to iOS in many respects and mobile Samsung products are total rip offs.

I love Android, but Microsoft and Apple are huge economic motivators that need protection from companies that would try to mooch off of their technology...

BTW I'm typing this from my Galaxy Tab 8.9.

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Savior Member since:
2006-09-02

Just a few things:
1. Never mind that your ******** American companies trying to do this everywhere, not just in the US but in Europe and Asia as well?
2. Are you aware of the fact that Google is also a US company? And that they have spent "huge amounts of money on RnD" to create and improve Android?
3. Are you aware that Samsung has spent *four times as much* on R&D than Apple last year? (http://www.phonearena.com/news/Samsung-R-D-spending-reached-record-...)

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phoudoin Member since:
2006-06-09

Software engineers are very, very highly paid employees.


Yeah, right. We all knows that software engineers are rich, sure. Reality check, anytime?

Do these clowns really think it's in our country's best interest to force our domestic companies to spend huge amounts of money on RnD so that some Korean company can just copy cat our designs and equally profit?


1) Design is not a software
2) *your* definition of copy cat will make every car a copy of the Ford T. The law quite disagree on that consequence.

Android is extremely similar to iOS in many respects


No. The ideas are similar (as most are), the implementation is totally different.
And the idea can't be *own*, except if you keep it secret. As soon as you express it, make it public, show your implementation, others will get it too.
That the beauty of Knowledge - yes, with a big K like in Key concept - and sorry, but Knowledge has made *far* more for humankind than competition and trade.

Oh, BTW, iOS is also become more and more similar to Android on many aspects since a couple of years. Still copy cat, or just another implementation of same idea, like multitasking, system-wide clipboard, central notification?

Patent system was not invented to transform knowledge into a property, but to allow people to have some time to benefit for an idea *first* implementation.

These days it becomes a way to *own* and idea and therefore to forbid any other implementation, sometimes to forbid its implementation even.

And, no, it's not being responsible to (ab)use a system you know is broken but that benefit you more that way. It's called abusing, not using, period.

Last but not least, in a world where corporations are considering like a citizen, often with more rights than an individual, being responsible corporation means to *also* fight for a better world, not just for better profit for itself alone. Otherwise it's just a corporation, but any attempt to called itself responsible is not enough. It's like green-washing. You needs to do what you say, not only say what you think consumer wants you to do.

Anyway, people has power. You wants Apple to change behavior? Stop buying there stuffs and make sure they know why you stop it.

Money system is not yet broken. Let's use it fully.

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Thom_Holwerda Member since:
2005-06-29

Oh, BTW, iOS is also become more and more similar to Android on many aspects since a couple of years. Still copy cat, or just another implementation of same idea, like multitasking, system-wide clipboard, central notification?


Bah humbug. They're both just reimplementations of PalmOS.

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lilsim89 Member since:
2009-11-30

The patent system is old, but so is the U.S. Constitution. It gets reinterpreted all the time.

I do understand where you're coming from, but it simply isn't the capitalistic way of doing things. Over time, companies who devote the time, money, effort, and put the consumer first make the most money. (Save for a few sectors... Oil, for instance.) It isn't perfect, but it's a hell of a lot better than socialism or communism. By point:

1.) Software Engineers (in the United States) are highly sought-after and make six figures with a few years of experience. Not many jobs with a BS have that privilege.

2.) You're wrong about the Model T. Henry Ford's patents have expired. There were over 150. Those designs lawfully belong to the world. Thanks for making my argument for me.

3.) Apple's behavior doesn't need changing. They are among the best companies in the world, by anyone's measure. They won't stand for other companies sleeping on the job, then making the best copy cat to profit from. Wan't a great product? Put in the effort.

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