Linked by Thom Holwerda on Tue 24th Sep 2013 22:49 UTC, submitted by Radio
Apple I missed this one:

The 2012 patent trial that grabbed the most headlines was Apple's $1 billion win (since reduced) against Samsung. But Apple also suffered a major patent setback of its own last year when a patent-holding company called VirnetX won a $368 million verdict against the tech giant.

The consequences of Apple's loss are now starting to become clear. This month, testimony in a court hearing showed that not only is Apple facing royalty payments that could cost it many millions more, but it has already made changes to one of its premiere products, FaceTime - changes that reportedly have degraded the service's quality.

While I won't shed a tear for Apple losing a patent lawsuit, this does illustrate once more why the system is broken.

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Comment by Drumhellar
by Drumhellar on Tue 24th Sep 2013 23:59 UTC
Drumhellar
Member since:
2005-07-12

I forgot Facetime was a thing.

I remember when it came out, and Apple promised to make it an open protocol.

Oh, well, I guess I'll just have to keep Skyping...

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RE: Comment by Drumhellar
by PLan on Wed 25th Sep 2013 00:12 in reply to "Comment by Drumhellar"
PLan Member since:
2006-01-10

Aren't the cool kids moving to WebRTC?

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RE[2]: Comment by Drumhellar
by dragos.pop on Wed 25th Sep 2013 06:41 in reply to "RE: Comment by Drumhellar"
dragos.pop Member since:
2010-01-08

Aren't the cool kids moving to WebRTC?


No, cool kids stay with closed protocols/codecs. Smart ones switch to open web API.

Edited 2013-09-25 06:42 UTC

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RE: Comment by Drumhellar
by leos on Wed 25th Sep 2013 04:52 in reply to "Comment by Drumhellar"
leos Member since:
2005-09-21

I forgot Facetime was a thing.

I remember when it came out, and Apple promised to make it an open protocol.

Oh, well, I guess I'll just have to keep Skyping...


Because Skype is an open protocol?

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RE[2]: Comment by Drumhellar
by Drumhellar on Wed 25th Sep 2013 04:57 in reply to "RE: Comment by Drumhellar"
Drumhellar Member since:
2005-07-12

Because Skype is an open protocol?


No, because Skype is available for pretty much every platform. Facetime is not.

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RE[2]: Comment by Drumhellar
by deathshadow on Wed 25th Sep 2013 07:08 in reply to "RE: Comment by Drumhellar"
deathshadow Member since:
2005-07-12

Who apart from career lecturers, career educators and students ACTUALLY give a flying purple fish if it's open sores or not!?!

People who don't subscribe to the floss-tard bull (bascially anyone over the age of 24 who isn't wearing socks with sandals) REALLY don't care. They want something that actually works, is available on just about everything, and we don't care if it costs money either.

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RE[2]: Comment by Drumhellar
by Lennie on Wed 25th Sep 2013 18:59 in reply to "RE: Comment by Drumhellar"
Lennie Member since:
2007-09-22

Skype/Microsoft also changed it's model in the same way Facetime did. It's a centralized model where all the traffic used to be handled P2P now all traffic flows through central servers.

Personally I wouldn't be surprised if NSA is involved, because the company where the patent originated was some kind of security company that developed the 'patented technology' when it was a subcontractor for the NSA.

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RE: Comment by Drumhellar
by Soulbender on Wed 25th Sep 2013 05:00 in reply to "Comment by Drumhellar"
Soulbender Member since:
2005-08-18

I forgot Facetime was a thing


Nothing to be ashamed of. No-one remembers Facetime.
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