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Comment: queue the patent troll comments... (Score -1, Troll) 43

by DevilM (#42404713) Attached to: Samsung Retaliates Against Ericsson With Patent Complaint

If you replace the word Samsung with Apple then it would be easy to predict the resulting comments. They would be called patent trolls and should be boycotted. Anyone using a phone from the company would be part of the problem and a fanboy.

Now let's see what happens when it is Samsung doing what Apple does. Or it excuse me, doing what any multinational company with a vast patent portfolio would do...

Comment: Re:Who started it? (Score 1) 292

by DevilM (#41656031) Attached to: US Suspects Iran Was Behind a Wave of Cyberattacks

Those are all valid questions. Many of which are asked by American citizens. The problem with such questions is that they are moot. The world has provided no other way to deal with dictators, rouge nations, and terrorist. We are stuck with the whims of the president of the only country with the capabilities to handle all this.

We'd gladly stop sending troops into harms way and cut our defense spending if the rest of the world would take over.

Comment: Re:But are we really trying? (Score 1) 209

by DevilM (#41424861) Attached to: Has Plant Life Reached Its Limits?

Yea for yield increases! However, you failed to mention that ~80% of all arable land is currently in use. Grain productivity peaked years ago. And, depending on whether you like conservative or liberal estimates, we are going to need anywhere from a 40%-60% increase in productivity to mean the demands of the population in just a few decades.

Did I mention the amount of arable land is also on the decline?

Comment: Re:Huh? (Score 5, Informative) 221

by DevilM (#41189483) Attached to: Samsung Beats Apple In Tokyo, Itching To Sue Over LTE Patents

It must be fun just to make things up. Of course, the rest of us who like real information spend the time reading from credible sources. Unfortunately, there is no information available on the situation with Samsung and LTE. However, when looking at court records from Nokia v. Apple on 3G FRAND issues, the record is quite clear. Nokia didn't want more money than Apple was willing to pay. They wanted a cross-license on Apple patents that Apple was unwilling to provide. According to Nokia, Apple was the only phone vendor unwilling to cross-license.

It was all eventually settled with Apple paying Nokia and not licensing their patents. Same thing is likely to happen to Samsung. Apple will not allow anyone to use their patents in a competing product for better or worse. But, Apple doesn't mind paying for standards essential patents.

"Be *excellent* to each other." -- Bill, or Ted, in Bill and Ted's Excellent Adventure