Linked by Thom Holwerda on Mon 20th Aug 2012 22:14 UTC
Legal "The web has been alight these past few weeks with the details of the Apple v. Samsung lawsuit. It's been a unique opportunity to peer behind the curtain of how these two companies operate, as the trial seeks to answer the question: did Samsung copy Apple? But there's actually another question that I think is much more interesting to the future of innovation in the technology industry: regardless of whether the courts say that Samsung copied Apple or not, would we all be better off if we allowed - even encouraged - companies to copy one another?" This is very relevant.
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lucas_maximus
Member since:
2009-08-18

I think the point the chap was trying to make that it was almost a complete rip-off.

Say what you want about Metro, Unity and Gnome 3 ... at least they are attempting to do something different.

I haven't used a recent Android Device, so I won't comment on whether it does or not. However the OP obviously thinks it does.

If what the OP said was true, forgetting about patents itself ... it just shows staggering degrees of laziness and IMO just plagiarism.

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Radio Member since:
2009-06-20

Say what you want about Metro, Unity and Gnome 3 ... at least they are attempting to do something different.

Metro? White handset icon in a solid (green in some manufacturers default settings) color square. Total rip-off!

More seriously, where are you coming from? Gnome has been berated for years for being a bad knock-off of OSX (and KDE for being a cheap Windows rip-off), and Unity is a mix of OSX and Win7 (the latter already "copying" the former) with the bar on the side.

Tiling WM are the only UX concept really adopted and expanded by non-corporate entities (even if, like everything else, it may have been invented at Xerox) which, if it were one day adopted by the general public, could not be said to have been "ripped off a successful commercial product" (even if the usual fanbois will try to rewrite history).

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lucas_maximus Member since:
2009-08-18

I get tired of this thinking that is similar to saying "Because a Van and a Car have 4 wheels they are exactly the same thing".

It akin to saying that OSX and Windows 7 have exactly the same UI because they generally follow the WIMP paradigm ... it is far too high leve.

If someone can point out where the UI is soo similar the only difference is that it looks like it been themed then it is a rip-off.

I don't really care much for the patent rubbish, but it does point out that they were trying to clone the their biggest rival.

As I said, while Metro, Unity and Gnome 3 share elements with other environments, they generally unique enough.

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zima Member since:
2005-07-06

Tiling WM are the only UX concept really adopted and expanded by non-corporate entities (even if, like everything else, it may have been invented at Xerox) which, if it were one day adopted by the general public, could not be said to have been "ripped off a successful commercial product" (even if the usual fanbois will try to rewrite history).

Well, Metro is sort of tiling, in the ~tablet/PC variant. The first version of Windows or later GEM definitely are, nobody will need to "rewrite history" (...for some values of "successful" at least)

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devnet Member since:
2007-01-16

If that's the case, take a peek at a Samsung phone from 2001 that has a green handset icon on it about 6 years before the iphone came out.

https://plus.google.com/photos/114809694981451178696/albums/57741286...

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lucas_maximus Member since:
2009-08-18

I really wish there was a :facepalm: emote for this website.

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smashIt Member since:
2005-07-06

white handset on green or red background has been used by skype for many years

here is a picture from 2005:
http://www.hanselman.com/blog/ImDiggingSkypeMoreAndMoreTheImTiredOf...

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