There are 4 categories of people when it comes to topics of Apple:
1) Those who don't care,
2) People who will protect Apple, because it's Apple,
3) People who despise Apple, because it's Apple,
4) Semi-objective parties who take sides.
Now, let's break this down. There are plenty of people in this thread just shouting how much they hate Apple. Repeating what other people say, and using it as a basis for their argument. There are also those (perhaps not in THIS thread) who will shout for Apple because they are constantly scrutinized on OCN.
What I want to address are those who refuse to see valid points against Apple - even if they are not fanboys by any standard. There are normal patent trolls. Most large corporations can be considered such, especially in the tech world. Yes, large companies sue each other over patents on a daily basis.
The main difference being that for the most part, it is for legitimate reasons, and legitimate patents. Apple has an incredibly amount of arbitrary patents strictly so they can perhaps nail their own competitors
in the future. They do not like to lose market share - Steve Jobs is more or less a crybaby - and the way they retaliate is attempting to rid the competition.
Now I know companies like Google, and Microsoft have incredibly vague patents as well. However, they do this for the sake of intellectual property, and to prevent blatant stealing of such technologies. Rarely do you see them directly attack a competitor, unless hardware tech, or lines of code were legitimate stolen from one another. This is how the tech world should
work. Competition is your friend. Apple has forgotten this.
Apple has now tried to ban Samsung from the U.S., and is currently trying to ban HTC, because of things that are necessities within touchscreen phones. Yet, they haven't attacked the company that creates Android. Reason being is they believed they were bad enough to take down Samsung, forgetting how large the corporation itself is. And they'll head towards HTC, because they're smaller, and maybe they can win. Google would stomp them.
edit: I realize half of this makes no sense and is rambling.
Originally Posted by Steve Jobs
Good artists copy, great artists steal.
But not if it's from him.