Linked by Thom Holwerda on Sun 29th Jul 2012 10:48 UTC
Legal Groklaw nails it: "In other words, [Apple and Microsoft] want to disarm the companies that got there first, built the standards, and created the field, while the come-later types clean up on patents on things like slide to unlock or a tablet shape with rounded corners. Then the money flows to Apple and Microsoft, and away from Android - and isn't that really the point of all this, to destroy Android by hook or by crook? The parties who were in the mobile phone business years before Apple or Microsoft even thought about doing it thus get nothing much for their earlier issued patents that have become standards. Apple and Microsoft can't compete on an even field, because the patent system rewards the first to invent (or now, after the recent patent reform, the first to file). Neither Apple nor Microsoft got there first. Samsung was there, since the '90s." To illustrate: Apple is demanding $24 (!) per Samsung device for design patents, while at the same time, Apple also demands that Samsung does not charge more than $0.0049 per standards essential patent per device. This is absolutely, utterly, and entirely indefensible. And then Apple and its supporters have the nerve to claim Samsung is ripping them off. Yes, this pisses me off, and no, that's not because it's Apple doing it (Microsoft is just as guilty). It's because this is plainly, utterly, clearly, and intrinsically unfair.
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by fluffypony on Sun 29th Jul 2012 16:38 UTC
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This Apple-bashing is really getting old. I read OS News to find out about the latest OS-specific titbits. Instead of coverage of the Mountain Lion release or an in-depth article discussing the improvements DragonFlyBSD has brought to the BSD space, I have to read a bunch of fanboy-esque articles bashing Apple for their ongoing court cases.

I may, or may not, disagree with Apple's actions, but I will defend their right to a fair trial to the death. The justice system, flawed as it may be, is what separates us from the barbarians of old. In fact, it may be the only thing.

Either way, you've lost one more OS News subscriber. Start covering OS related articles and stop caring about the fairness, or unfairness, of Apple's actions in the courtroom and I'll gladly come back.

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RE: Lame.
by Thom_Holwerda on Sun 29th Jul 2012 16:45 in reply to "Lame."
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If Apple and Microsoft have their way, there will be no independent OS development to report on.

This stuff will define the future of this industry. Deal with it.

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RE: Lame.
by Drumhellar on Sun 29th Jul 2012 19:50 in reply to "Lame."
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The justice system, flawed as it may be, is what separates us from the barbarians of old. In fact, it may be the only thing.

Well, that, and argyle socks.

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