Linked by Thom Holwerda on Sat 3rd Aug 2013 20:34 UTC
Legal The Obama administration:

After extensive consultations with the agencies of the Trade Policy Staff Committee and the Trade Policy Review Group, as well as other interested agencies and persons, I have decided to disapprove the USITC's determination to issue an exclusion order and cease and desist order in this investigation.

Lots of talk about SEPs and FRAND in Obama's decree, which means that the Obama administration contradicts everything the ITC has said. To freshen your memory, the ITC ruled that not only was the patent in question not a standard essential patent, but Samsung's offer was actually proper FRAND:

Additionally, the Commission found that there were still disputed issues concerning the patent at issue was even actually essential to the standard (and therefore whether a FRAND or disclosure obligation applied at all).

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The Commission analyzed the history of negotiations between Apple and Samsung (this portion is heavily redacted) to see if Apple showed that Samsung failed to negotiate “in good faith,” and found that Apple failed to do so. Notably, the Commission dismissed Apple’s arguments that (1) Samsung’s initial offer was so high as to show bad faith, and (2) Samsung’s attempts to get a cross-license to Apple’s non-SEPs violated its FRAND commitments.

In other words, the Obama administration threw out virtually everything the ITC has said in order to protect Apple. This effectively means that American companies can infringe on non-American companies' (standard essential) patents all they want, because the president will simply step in if they try to fight back.

So, I was wrong. I expected the Obama administration to be impartial and not give such a huge slap in the face of the ITC - as cynical as I usually am, I can still be naive. Protectionism is more important to the POTUS.

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Speak with your wallet
by cmost on Sun 4th Aug 2013 16:07 UTC
cmost
Member since:
2006-07-16

I don't like Apple the company mostly because of its corporate bullying practices and the way it tightly controls how buyers use its products. Moreover I find Apple products to be technically inferior to its competition's products (slower processors, less RAM and no SD expansion ports for example) while also being overtly overpriced compared to competing, higher spec products. Why Apple's cult of followers wait in line for hours to buy this junk simply defies logic. I don't buy iAnything from Apple and never will! Every time I use my ASUS Android tablet or my Samsung Galaxy Nexus or my simple generic $20.00 mp3 player or even my Linux powered desktop or netbook I give the proverbial finger to Apple and it's highfalutin crap.

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RE: Speak with your wallet
by MOS6510 on Sun 4th Aug 2013 16:18 in reply to "Speak with your wallet"
MOS6510 Member since:
2011-05-12

Maybe you need to buy and/or use some Apple devices to understand.

Having the best specifications doesn't automatically make something the best device or provide the best experience.

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RE[2]: Speak with your wallet
by Kochise on Mon 5th Aug 2013 06:40 in reply to "RE: Speak with your wallet"
Kochise Member since:
2006-03-03

Crippled experience may I say. Developers are conforming to the strict and limiting Apple rules to be allowed to release their application on the AppStore. And when an application obviously makes money, Apple copy it, "improve its own offering" then ditch the original Application because it creates a duplicate functionality. How smart for the users' experience POV.

But I agree, the specs are not everything. That's why I stick to my aging yet comfortable HTC Evo 3D. It just provides my with what I need. And have a replaceable battery and a microSD slot.

Kochise

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RE: Speak with your wallet
by shotsman on Sun 4th Aug 2013 16:54 in reply to "Speak with your wallet"
shotsman Member since:
2005-07-22

Hmmm. Interesting

you slate Apple for NOT having a removable SD Card and then go onto praise 'Samsung Galaxy Nexus' which according to this --> http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Galaxy_Nexus

states that it has no removable storage.

Am I correct or is this a case of 'white man speak with forked tongue?'

Please correct me if I am wrong. I will accept a slap on the wrist.

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RE[2]: Speak with your wallet
by cmost on Sun 4th Aug 2013 20:02 in reply to "RE: Speak with your wallet"
cmost Member since:
2006-07-16

Hmmm. Interesting

you slate Apple for NOT having a removable SD Card and then go onto praise 'Samsung Galaxy Nexus' which according to this --> http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Galaxy_Nexus

states that it has no removable storage.

Am I correct or is this a case of 'white man speak with forked tongue?'

Please correct me if I am wrong. I will accept a slap on the wrist.


Yes I am aware of that obviously but I chose to forgo the SD expansion slot on my Nexus phone because I felt that having a Google phone without carrier garbage and one that gets instant updates to Android far outweighed the lack of expansion. By the way, the reason why Nexus devices lack expansion is because Google refuses to pay a licensing fee to Microsoft for exFAT which it finagled as the default file system for SD specification. The only Nexus device that had an expansion card was the original Nexus One.

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RE: Speak with your wallet
by Tony Swash on Sun 4th Aug 2013 17:10 in reply to "Speak with your wallet"
Tony Swash Member since:
2009-08-22

Why Apple's cult of followers wait in line for hours to buy this junk simply defies logic.


No it doesn't. You cannot see anything attractive about Apple products but if you made a very small intellectual effort you could work what other people see in them. Here are some clues.

Apple products have a well known reputation for being designed for ease of use.

Because Apple offers a complete service and product stack Apple product users don't have to be system integrators, the amount of troubleshooting required to get Apple products and services to work together is small compared to market norms.

Apple has the best content stack attached to it's products (the totality of apps, music, films, TV, ebooks, educational materials, etc).

Apple products retain their value very well compared to market averages.

Apple has a premium brand reputation

Apple products are well designed and attractive.

Apple comes at the top or near the top of most surveys of customer satisfaction and customer support. Any discerning consumer will see this early in their product research.

Apple's retail outlets have a very high standard of customer support and if anything goes wrong are generally very helpful. The level of support and help available in an Apple retail store is an order of magnitude better than the market average.

Apple's product range is simple and easy understand, for example compare this:
http://www.gsmarena.com/samsung-phones-9.php
to this
http://store.apple.com/uk/iphone/family/iphone/compare

This not to argue that you or anyone else should buy Apple products, merely it is showing that the reason so many people do, and indeed get quite enthusiastic about Apple products, is not illogical. None of the things I listed have happened by chance, they were all deliberately designed and implemented to make customers enthusiastic about Apple products.

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RE[2]: Speak with your wallet
by novad on Sun 4th Aug 2013 19:06 in reply to "RE: Speak with your wallet"
novad Member since:
2010-06-10

@Tony

I very often disagree with what you say but this time I have to admit that most of your arguments make sense Give my just the possibility to add my 2 cents on a few points you didn't mention.

All what you described explains why people buy Apple products, not why they stay in line for hours in the rain to buy the last iWhatever sometimes even without knowing what in detail it is.

To all the rational points you gave you must add the fanaticism of a non negligible part of these followers.

Their Brand fidelity is sometimes close to a cult. I've never seen that in other domains (Except some HI-FI nerds).

There's another reason than satisfaction why some people continue to buy Apple products once they started.

It's anecdotal but it happened to not so few people I personally know.

The closed and fully integrated Apple ecosystem you praise is at the same time a great comfort when you use it but a big problem when you want to move to something else. Those people don't want to lose all they had to pay for, especially their multimedia files. They simply don't know how to transfer it to a more open system and stay prisoners with Apple.

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RE[2]: Speak with your wallet
by theinonen on Sun 4th Aug 2013 19:34 in reply to "RE: Speak with your wallet"
theinonen Member since:
2009-10-06



Apple comes at the top or near the top of most surveys of customer satisfaction and customer support. Any discerning consumer will see this early in their product research.


It only shows Apple users have more problems with their products than users of other brands and they have more dealings with support than others.

I see no reason why anyone would even take part on these surveys if they never have had any dealings with customer support at first place. Apple users also like to promote their systems more than others and it gives false impression of how things are in real life.

For computers that just work people seem to have lots of problems with them. I only need to take quick look at local Apple forum to see that those are very problematic systems indeed. (Or then it says something about the users...)

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RE[2]: Speak with your wallet
by Lorin on Mon 5th Aug 2013 05:56 in reply to "RE: Speak with your wallet"
Lorin Member since:
2010-04-06

"Apple products have a well known reputation for being designed for ease of use".

Simpleton Friendly

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RE: Speak with your wallet
by brichpmr on Sun 4th Aug 2013 22:53 in reply to "Speak with your wallet"
brichpmr Member since:
2006-04-22

I don't like Apple the company mostly because of its corporate bullying practices and the way it tightly controls how buyers use its products. Moreover I find Apple products to be technically inferior to its competition's products (slower processors, less RAM and no SD expansion ports for example) while also being overtly overpriced compared to competing, higher spec products. Why Apple's cult of followers wait in line for hours to buy this junk simply defies logic. I don't buy iAnything from Apple and never will! Every time I use my ASUS Android tablet or my Samsung Galaxy Nexus or my simple generic $20.00 mp3 player or even my Linux powered desktop or netbook I give the proverbial finger to Apple and it's highfalutin crap.


No, you merely show that you are making 'crap' personal decisions.

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RE[2]: Speak with your wallet
by Soulbender on Mon 5th Aug 2013 08:57 in reply to "RE: Speak with your wallet"
Soulbender Member since:
2005-08-18

No, you merely show that you are making 'crap' personal decisions.


Only in the RDF could not choosing Apple be a 'crap' personal decision.

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