Linked by Thom Holwerda on Tue 28th Aug 2012 18:18 UTC
Windows "Windows 8 changes a lot of things about how the operating system works, but one of the features Windows traditionalists will find jarring is the lack of a Start button. Although the button's functions are still present in various places, users may miss its easy click-and-start-typing familiarity. Well, Samsung's bringing it back. The all-in-one PCs Samsung unveiled this morning are the first Windows machines to sport the S Launcher, a simple widget that acts just like the old start button." This is not from The Onion. I repeat, this is not from The Onion.
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RE[6]: Oh dear
by Morgan on Wed 29th Aug 2012 19:12 UTC in reply to "RE[5]: Oh dear"
Morgan
Member since:
2005-06-29

My point was that the concept of a dock goes much further back than Samsung/Apple. Apple inherited the dock concept and code when they absorbed NeXT, and as Mellin pointed out, it existed before NeXT too.

To put it another way, electric guitars have had magnetic coil pickups since the 1930s, but you don't see Yamaha suing Fender because they both use them. That's because the concept has been around longer than either company has been making them.

And the reason I replied to you in that tone was because you are incorrect in the first place; Apple had a dock in the very first version of OS X, which was a few years before Project Glass.

Edited 2012-08-29 19:14 UTC

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RE[7]: Oh dear
by MOS6510 on Wed 29th Aug 2012 19:32 in reply to "RE[6]: Oh dear"
MOS6510 Member since:
2011-05-12

Docks there are many, shapes and sizes, but the Samsung one looks like the Apple one, not like the Acorn one.

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RE[8]: Oh dear
by Morgan on Wed 29th Aug 2012 19:40 in reply to "RE[7]: Oh dear"
Morgan Member since:
2005-06-29

And? How is that remotely significant? A dock is a dock is a dock, and no matter how it's dressed up, the functionality is the same. You could put an image of a cat chasing a mouse down the surface of it and it would still be a freaking dock. As others have said, the design is the same since at least the 80s; just because Apple, Sun and Samsung all put a 3D effect on it doesn't make it patentable or worth suing over.

But who am I kidding, Apple will soon be suing us for humming or singing along to the songs we download from iTunes, if they can patent a way to monitor it. I'm so sick to death of that fucking company.

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