Linked by Thom Holwerda on Sat 3rd May 2014 00:28 UTC
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An eight-person jury on Friday handed back a mixed verdict in the Apple v. Samsung patent-infringement case.

The jury found Samsung's gadgets infringed Apple's '647 patent, but not the '959 patent or '414 patent. Results were mixed for the '721 patent, with some Samsung devices, such as the Galaxy Nexus, found to infringe, and others not.

The jury awarded Apple only $119.6 million for the infringement.

Apple wanted more than $2 billion. The verdict is still being read, and the jury has also ruled that Apple infringed on one of Samsung's patents, awarding Samsung $158000 for it.

So, pocket change both ways. A total waste of money, public resources, the jury members' time, and the court system. Well done you, patent system.

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RE[7]: Comment by Nelson
by TechGeek on Sun 4th May 2014 20:59 UTC in reply to "RE[6]: Comment by Nelson"
TechGeek
Member since:
2006-01-14

Nelson:

You've piqued my curiosity. How do you lock someone into an open platform?

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RE[8]: Comment by Nelson
by Nelson on Mon 5th May 2014 00:45 in reply to "RE[7]: Comment by Nelson"
Nelson Member since:
2005-11-29

Because there's a potential for a proprietary layer to manifest itself elsewhere. For example, platforms built on open technologies which seek to lock you in to an API or file format. You can have the wool pulled over your eyes quite simply.

You deal with this a lot in the cloud. Everybody talks Node but there are always platform specific APIs (even AWS vs Azure with their storage APIs) to contend with. There's a degree of lock in that exists there because of existing code investments.

Why do you think Android exists? Owning a platform, even an open one has its perks. You dictate direction and technology adoption. Google has their Play Services front and center. That's an API lock in.

Their various bylaws for their OEMs, discouraging forks (or rather making it an extremely unpleasant endeavor) are another form of lock in.

Do you think Apple would have as many ObjC devs if their iOS platform didn't dictate it?

The end goal here is to own a platform so that you can move the ball forward with the adoption of your other technologies or products. Open does nothing to change that, except put some of you here at ease.

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RE[9]: Comment by Nelson
by leech on Mon 5th May 2014 04:21 in reply to "RE[8]: Comment by Nelson"
leech Member since:
2006-01-10

None of the above examples would be classified as 'Open Platforms' for the very reason that they are restricted by API. If you use an open API, there is nothing that prevents you from forking that API, or even converting your program to use a different platform API, since the source is all there and Open. The same can't be said of Android, or AWS, where you are given as much of the API as they want. Granted Android has a fairly open SDK, and if you wanted a bare minimum android setup you could they even have F-Droid an open source 'app store'. The problem with Android is that in many many ways, it's useless without Google's proprietary crap melted into it. It also wasn't very open in the past because you were stuck working through Dalvik, but now I believe you can use most any language to develop on it, so that's something to make it at least a little more 'open.'

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RE[8]: Comment by Nelson
by Soulbender on Mon 5th May 2014 12:23 in reply to "RE[7]: Comment by Nelson"
Soulbender Member since:
2005-08-18

There's a difference between an "open platform" and a platform built on open source technologies.
When you say "open platform" most people think of a platform that is just that, open.
A platform built on open source technologies on the other hand does not need to be open.

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RE[9]: Comment by Nelson
by Nelson on Mon 5th May 2014 15:01 in reply to "RE[8]: Comment by Nelson"
Nelson Member since:
2005-11-29

Amazing. Someone gets it.

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