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[3]: Comment by Drumhellar
by Radio on Wed 25th Sep 2013 08:22 UTC in reply to "RE[2]: Comment by Drumhellar"
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"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.

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"
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Fuck off, asshole.

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

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RE[5]: Comment by Drumhellar
by BushLin on Wed 25th Sep 2013 22:01 in reply to "RE[4]: Comment by Drumhellar"
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None of this makes any sense.

One person goes on a totally irrelevant, inaccurate and hate filled rant about OSS.

This is replied to with an anecdote from the IT offices, punctuated with an expletive which strangely was the only bit of the text which seems related to it's parent.

What does this confirm?

The only thing I can confirm is that:
• I'm confused
• People shouldn't be so emotional about their technology choices
• We should at least try to think about the audience before leaving a permanent mark on the net.

PS: I'm not perfect.

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