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This reminds me of that one patent "Touching the screen to influence the behaviour of the device". It proves what a useless concept patents are these days in their current form with people who don't know a thing about technology issuing them.

Yup. Do you know why a lawsuit was brought against Seagate and WD and they lost? They falsely advertised the capacity of their hard drives. Actually, they didn't. A 1TB drive from WD or Seagate does have one trillion bytes of storage. Windows, however, display measurements using base 2 prefixes, not base 10, so 1TB = 931GiB < 1TiB. That's right, because of how an operating system displays drive capacities, something drive makers have no control over, they had to pay out a settlement to their consumers.

Then we have politicians who think they know about how computers work. Recently in Ireland, some guy spent hours upon hours each day gaming. He got a blood clot and died. Irish senator basically said that a microchip should turn off the console after 2 hours. This is something that could be patched with a simple software update. I guess there could be hacks to get around that, and it's all video games' fault for killing that guy, right?

And it's because of stuff like this that Apple and Samsung have such stupid, petty patent wars that do nothing more than stifle innovation. Touchscreens are a pretty obvious device, as are most methods of interacting with them. Rounded corners on your phone is nothing new. Digitally distributing music is a quite obvious use of the medium... And so on and so forth.
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Android has gone beyond the now boring "slide to unlock". This is moot.

not moot in getting rid of apple and their icrap
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Yup. Do you know why a lawsuit was brought against Seagate and WD and they lost? They falsely advertised the capacity of their hard drives. Actually, they didn't. A 1TB drive from WD or Seagate does have one trillion bytes of storage. Windows, however, display measurements using base 2 prefixes, not base 10, so 1TB = 931GiB < 1TiB. That's right, because of how an operating system displays drive capacities, something drive makers have no control over, they had to pay out a settlement to their consumers.

Then we have politicians who think they know about how computers work. Recently in Ireland, some guy spent hours upon hours each day gaming. He got a blood clot and died. Irish senator basically said that a microchip should turn off the console after 2 hours. This is something that could be patched with a simple software update. I guess there could be hacks to get around that, and it's all video games' fault for killing that guy, right?

And it's because of stuff like this that Apple and Samsung have such stupid, petty patent wars that do nothing more than stifle innovation. Touchscreens are a pretty obvious device, as are most methods of interacting with them. Rounded corners on your phone is nothing new. Digitally distributing music is a quite obvious use of the medium... And so on and so forth.

Ah yes, good times tongue.gif I haven't heard about the Irish man and his bloodcloth. I guess I should sue my college for allowing me to study this long, heck, I'm at risk of a bloodcloth wink.gif
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These patent wars are honestly getting so far fetched and ridiculous at this point...
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Never cared for Apple or their absolutely crappy products.
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Never cared for Apple or their absolutely crappy products.

They are actually really high quality but they are ridiculously overpriced for what they are.
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They are actually really high quality but they are ridiculously overpriced for what they are.

Except for the glass that they put on every single device they make then ? Or any other part that if tested objectively could turn out to be not-so high quality compared to their main competitor.
Edited by MoGTy - 4/13/14 at 6:23am
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They are actually really high quality but they are ridiculously overpriced for what they are.

Not at all. This statement is totally wrong. If you englobe ALL Apple product, including their MACs, you'll see that they use relatively low quality hardware, like low end Kingston memory modules.
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Lucy Koh and the US Patent system.

Apple patents everything. Then everyone infringes and gives them money, or gets sued and Lucy Koh makes sure Apple gets truckloads of money.


Laughable if you think only Apple does this. All companies patent. Google, Microsoft, Samsung, Apple, et all, own more patents than you could ever imagine. Either way, It is doubtful that the linked video will have any impact on the case at all.

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And it's because of stuff like this that Apple and Samsung have such stupid, petty patent wars that do nothing more than stifle innovation. Touchscreens are a pretty obvious device, as are most methods of interacting with them. Rounded corners on your phone is nothing new. Digitally distributing music is a quite obvious use of the medium... And so on and so forth.

It doesn't stifle innovation at all. Both companies continue to create and if anything, it forces a company to innovate more because they are - rightfully - not allowed to implement the same features as a competing device. Two similar products =/= innovation. Two different products = finding entirely different ways to complete a given task = innovation.
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It doesn't stifle innovation at all. Both companies continue to create and if anything, it forces a company to innovate more because they are - rightfully - not allowed to implement the same features as a competing device. Two similar products =/= innovation. Two different products = finding entirely different ways to complete a given task = innovation.

Oh, no. You think I mean patents that are actually good things, right? No, I mean Apple suing Samsung because their phones have rounded corners. That's stifling innovation because, even though the patent is a load of crap, any competing company will have to go up against Apple's billions upon billions of dollars legal team to fight it. Now, if Apple were to patent a phone with a specially designed low-power screen, then that would be different. Patenting touchscreens in general however is idiotic at best.
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