Linked by Thom Holwerda on Tue 4th Jun 2013 12:45 UTC
Legal Ah, patents - the never-ending scourge of the technology industry. Whether wielded by companies who don't actually make any products, or large corporations who abuse them because they can't compete in the market place or because they're simply jerks, they do the industry a huge disservice and are simply plain dangerous. According to The Wall Street Journal (circumvention link), president Obama is about to take several executive actions to address patent trolls - which may seem like a good idea, but I am very worried that all this will do is strengthen the positions of notorious patent system abusers such as Apple and Microsoft.
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RE[7]: Comment by MOS6510
by Kivada on Wed 5th Jun 2013 10:03 UTC in reply to "RE[6]: Comment by MOS6510"
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My favorite was always that early Chinese knockoff of the iPod, where they cloned it completely but also improved upon it by adding support for every codec the hardware supported and adding an FM tuner. They even cloned the silhouette ads for their product.

I never did get one though, but it was very tempting since without comparing audio and build quality, the knockoff was the better buy.

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RE[8]: Comment by MOS6510
by MOS6510 on Wed 5th Jun 2013 10:09 in reply to "RE[7]: Comment by MOS6510"
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A lot of Chinese rip-off stuff is crap, but if they really want to they can build great stuff. Well, they build all the real stuff also.

It would be cool if these cheap rip-off companies were allowed to build old Apple products and add their own improvements. I'd buy new fake iPod Mini if it was well build and I'd love to have extra features just for the fun of it.

BTW my iPod Mini still works. My faithful companion during my train traveling time.

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