Linked by Thom Holwerda on Fri 24th Aug 2012 23:54 UTC
Legal And just like that, within a matter of days, the jury has reached a verdict in Apple vs. Samsung. The basic gist is simple: Apple's software patents are valid, and many Samsung devices infringe upon them. Apple's iPhone 3G trade dress is valid, and Samsung's Galaxy S line infringes, but other devices did not. Samsung did not infringe Apple's iPad design patent. Apple did not infringe any of Samsung's patents. Apple is awarded a little over $1 billion in damages. Competition lost today, and developers in the United States should really start to get worried - software patents got validated big time today.
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RE[2]: Comment by Morgan
by Morgan on Sat 25th Aug 2012 01:29 UTC in reply to "RE: Comment by Morgan"
Morgan
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2005-06-29

Oh there's no question that this decision sucks balls for the industry as a whole, and especially for the consumer (though they won't notice for a while).

The intellectual side of me wants to crawl into a 3D-printed hole with an old AMD laptop running GNU/Hurd and a picture of RMS hanging on the wall, connected to the local AMPRNet via my home-built TNC and 2-meter radio.

The practical side just kicked the hell out of the intellectual side and will continue to use Windows 7, a Samsung Nexus S and an HTC Arrive, an Xbox 360 and an iPod shuffle. ;)

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RE[3]: Comment by Morgan
by orfanum on Sat 25th Aug 2012 01:45 in reply to "RE[2]: Comment by Morgan"
orfanum Member since:
2006-06-02

I am with you there; having only signalled my disgruntlement with certain aspects of Linux this week, what with this debacle and also having come into some adandoned SSF desktop tech, I feel a bit of an anti-consumerist, anti-commercial wave coming on...

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RE[3]: Comment by Morgan
by Lennie on Sun 26th Aug 2012 11:55 in reply to "RE[2]: Comment by Morgan"
Lennie Member since:
2007-09-22

I think the real problem is, even if all people who understand the industry a bit and think the same would stop buying from these manufacturers the impact for the manufacturers would be hardly significant.

But, I do think it would be a significant amount of buying power which could be used to fund other companies/project which do want to do the right thing.

Just look at what the FreedomBox Foundation adchieved:

"The fundraising drive was set up on February 17, with the goal of getting $60,000 in donations in 30 days, but it has exceeded that—and quickly. As of this writing, there are more than 650 supporters who have donated over $64,000 in just five or six days."

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