Linked by Thom Holwerda on Mon 30th Jul 2012 19:38 UTC, submitted by tupp
PDAs, Cellphones, Wireless It might be a cliche, but sometimes, a picture says more than a thousand words. Over the years, I've often talked about how the technology world is iterative, about how products are virtually always built upon that which came before, about how almost always, multiple people independently arrive at the same products since they work within the same constraints of the current state of technology. This elementary aspect of the technology world, which some would rather forget, has been illustrated very, very well in one of Samsung's legal filings against Apple.
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Orfanum has it right
by obsidian on Mon 30th Jul 2012 21:46 UTC
obsidian
Member since:
2007-05-12

I hope that Apple's lawyers get their backsides kicked up one side of the courtroom and down the other.

I am sick and tired of Apple claiming to have "invented" everything, when darned near everything they claim to have invented actually existed beforehand. "Prior art", in other words.

I'm proud to say that I have never owned any Apple product and I never will, so Apple has never made a cent off me.

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RE: Orfanum has it right
by bobthedino on Tue 31st Jul 2012 11:17 in reply to "Orfanum has it right"
bobthedino Member since:
2012-07-31

But the problem is not Apple claiming it has "invented everything". The problem is Apple being granted the patents that it applies for. It would be irresponsible (from the point of view Apple's shareholders, for example) for any company not to apply for patents to protect things it believes it has invented. The problem is the patent system. Apple is not the only company that applies for and is granted patents, you know!

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RE[2]: Orfanum has it right
by ichi on Tue 31st Jul 2012 11:37 in reply to "RE: Orfanum has it right"
ichi Member since:
2007-03-06

It would be irresponsible (from the point of view Apple's shareholders, for example) for any company not to apply for patents to protect things it believes it has invented. The problem is the patent system.


I'd say believing you invented something you didn't could also be considered a problem, more so when your concept of "protecting things you believe you have invented" turns out to be attacking competitors and trying to get their products banned.

The patent system is obviosly flawed, but just because a system is flawed doesn't make it's abusers any less of scumbags.

Edited 2012-07-31 11:38 UTC

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RE: Orfanum has it right
by riha on Tue 31st Jul 2012 22:44 in reply to "Orfanum has it right"
riha Member since:
2006-01-24

Both apple and samsung should get a kick in their butt because both of them are playing the "sue eachother" game.

And i cannot believe that people have the time to write and comment on there apple vs samsung all the time, it feels like this is most of the stuff posted on osnews nowadays.

Give it a rest and report on more fun and interesting stuff.

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RE[2]: Orfanum has it right
by Sabon on Tue 31st Jul 2012 22:59 in reply to "RE: Orfanum has it right"
Sabon Member since:
2005-07-06

Give it a rest and report on more fun and interesting stuff.


I'm not blaming Thom for doing this at all. Things like this get people posting and creating new page views which brings in more money. Again, I don't blame Thom at all for this.

The best thing to do is just pass by posts like this if you don't like them. It's like a TV. You have the remote. You can change the channel any time you want.

But I do wish there was more fun stuff too. But fun stuff takes time to research and it isn't like Thom has a lot of free time to do this. You could always send Thom a million dollars and then he would probably have plenty of time to research and post more fun articles. ;)

PS: Unfortunately there really isn't too much interesting stuff going on with Amiga or Haiku (BeOS opensource clone), etc. Thom is doing the best he can but people have to do interesting fun stuff for him to have something to post.

Edited 2012-07-31 23:00 UTC

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RE: Orfanum has it right
by Lennie on Wed 1st Aug 2012 09:11 in reply to "Orfanum has it right"
Lennie Member since:
2007-09-22

I only owned one Apple product and it broke within a year.

Probably never gonna buy from Apple ever again, because of their business practises

Edited 2012-08-01 09:12 UTC

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RE[2]: Orfanum has it right
by MOS6510 on Wed 1st Aug 2012 09:21 in reply to "RE: Orfanum has it right"
MOS6510 Member since:
2011-05-12

Lucky you, it was still under warranty.

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