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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RE[2]: Comment by Drumhellar
by deathshadow on Wed 25th Sep 2013 07:08 UTC 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[3]: Comment by Drumhellar
by Radio on Wed 25th Sep 2013 08:22 in reply to "RE[2]: Comment by Drumhellar"
Radio Member since:
2009-06-20

"I smiled and introduced myself as I sat down beside her. She handed me her MacBook silently and the look on her face said it all. Fix my computer, geek, and hurry up about it. I’ve been mistaken for a technician enough times to recognise the expression.

‘I’ll need to be quick. I’ve got a lesson to teach in 5 minutes,’ I said. ‘You teach?’
‘That’s my job, I just happen to manage the network team as well.’

She reevaluated her categorisation of me. Rather than being some faceless, keyboard tapping, socially inept, sexually inexperienced network monkey, she now saw me as a colleague. To people like her, technicians are a necessary annoyance. She’d be quite happy to ignore them all, joke about them behind their backs and snigger at them to their faces, but she knows that when she can’t display her PowerPoint on the IWB she’ll need a technician, and so she maintains a facade of politeness around them, while inwardly dismissing them as too geeky to interact with.
"

http://coding2learn.org/blog/2013/07/29/kids-cant-use-computers/

Fuck off, asshole.

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RE[4]: Comment by Drumhellar
by darknexus on Wed 25th Sep 2013 12:12 in reply to "RE[3]: Comment by Drumhellar"
darknexus Member since:
2008-07-15

Fuck off, asshole.

Typical intelligent response from an open source fandroid. Thanks for confirming everything the OP said.

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RE[3]: Comment by Drumhellar
by darknexus on Wed 25th Sep 2013 12:10 in reply to "RE[2]: Comment by Drumhellar"
darknexus Member since:
2008-07-15

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.

While I basically agree with you, in this one case your anger is misdirected. The OP mentioned Apple's promise to make FaceTime an "open" protocol. Not an open *source* protocol, an open protocol as in allowing FaceTime to be available on other platforms perhaps by licensing said protocol. He then mentioned Skype in the same post, and made a flawed comparison. Skype is not an open protocol, however Skype themselves make apps for all their supported platforms. The end result is the same, but is achieved in a different way. The OP made a flawed comparison, was called on it and then you jumped in with a knee-jerk response. Open and open source are not synonymous, no matter what some zealots would like you to believe.

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RE[3]: Comment by Drumhellar
by Neolander on Wed 25th Sep 2013 15:45 in reply to "RE[2]: Comment by Drumhellar"
Neolander Member since:
2010-03-08

Wait a minute, here we are talking about open protocols, which is a different issue from open source entirely.

To illustrate the difference : only geeks care about whether their TV set runs open-source software, but pretty much every sane person likes to be sure that when they buy a new TV, they will be able to plug video devices from any manufacturer into it, no matter what their relationship with the TV manufacturer is.

Open protocols may or may not help open-source software depending on their redistribution conditions : anything whose licence does not feature a "spec may be used freely for non-commercial use" clause is as good as a closed protocol as far as open-source software development is concerned.

Edited 2013-09-25 15:51 UTC

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