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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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? (

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Your arguments are honestly terrible. Number one is an incoherent mess and I'll skip that.

No it is not. If you want that similar decisions follow in the future as a protectionalist measure, you have to keep in mind that Europe and Asia may also follow suit, and judging by the population (313M vs 739M and 1,339M from China alone), you might not like the result of that. Not that I expect something like this would actually happen anytime soon.

Number two states that Google also spends tons on RnD. ... I said foreign companies (HTC, Samsung, etc.)

Why wouldn't it be relevant? First, the Galaxy Nexus is produced by Samsung AND Google. Especially in this case, the "fault" (which it is not, of course) lies with Google. Second, all the stuff that makes up an Apple device (be it a laptop, cell phone or iPod) is produced in Asia, mostly by foreign companies from foreign R&D. So if you want to be consistent, you should frown upon Apple products, too. Or if you are only worried about the label, well, it's *Google* Nexus, not Samsung Nexus.

Number 3: You have no clue what the hell you read really says. Samsung is a huge CONGLOMERATE of INDEPENDENT businesses under the same brand name. They make everything from refrigerators to semiconductors, laptops, even clothing.

I guess you are right in that. However, do you think that most of that R&D stuff goes into refrigerators and clothing? I do not doubt for a second that most of it goes into electronics -- for example, into AMOLED (which is not Samsung Electronics, but definitely something we have on our phones). Also, you might want to muse for a few minutes on why Samsung became the initial supplier for retina displays instead of LG or Sharp, if not for their investments in the area?

BusinessWeek ranked companies based on how they've actually innovated.

Except the first list is about 2010; but aside from that, there is not a single column in either table labelled "money spent on innovation". They try to get that information out of stock market statistics and expectations, in other words, out of their ass.

Nice language, BTW.

Edited 2012-07-05 11:53 UTC

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