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).


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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RE[3]: Speak with your wallet
by Tony Swash on Mon 5th Aug 2013 12:58 UTC in reply to "RE[2]: Speak with your wallet"
Tony Swash
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"Apple products have a well known reputation for being designed for ease of use".

Simpleton Friendly

What crass and insecure posturing.

I presume you consider yourself a non-simpleton and thus prefer technology that is designed to be difficult to use. That makes sense

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mistersoft Member since:

I had the dubious pleasure of updating my parents iPhones(4 and 4S) and iPad yesterday. Updating them from a ranging of older IOii to current and syncing them with/to what that actually wanted rather than the mish-mash as was.

....and I'm not saying it's a wholly dreadful experience.. android is certainly no better (in the simplicity stakes)

but I find IOS and Apple PARTICULARLY, nay EXTREMELY annoying for having this veneer of seeming simple and easy.. but (a)it's hard than it looks to actually do all the things you want to -- and (b)you often can't(!) actually do what you want to.

I'd much rather have more control, a finer level of control, and have less constrictions on me than apple's approach of this Fake Simplicity.. and concomitant sneering hand-holding.

Yes, I hate to say it Apple, that's what it comes across like to me. Sneering, condescending..

.Give me the device, allow me full or near full control (Document the what, wheres, whens and whys properly!) and now: 'Let go of my hand please, you're not my Dad or my Mum!'

or maybe that's just my feeling

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kristoph Member since:

You must have been updating from a really old version because all my updates have basically involved clicking the update button on my phone.

The new versions of stock Android are the same so it's really not a huge deal either way.

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