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Comment: Re:Apple and their lawyers were lucky (Score 5, Informative) 217

by FromWithin (#41943739) Attached to: UK Court Sanctions Apple For Non-Compliance

Did you even read the on this, Mr. Ignorance?

Apple lied. I shall quote the ruling here:

21. I turn to the last paragraph. I do not think the order as made precluded any addition to the required notice if that addition had been true and did not undermine the effect of the required notice. But I do consider that adding false and misleading material was illegitimate. For by adding such material the context of the required notice is altered so that it will be understood differently.

22. Here what Apple added was false and misleading. I turn to analyse it. The first sentence reads:

However, in a case tried in Germany regarding the same patent, the court found that Samsung engaged in unfair competition by copying the iPad design.

That is false in the following ways:

(a) "Regarding the same patent." No patent of any kind has been involved in Germany or here, still less "the same patent."

(b) As regards the Community Registered Design, the German Courts held that neither the Galaxy 10.1 nor the 8.9 infringed it. As to the 7.7 there was for a short while a German provisional order holding that it infringed. Whether there was a jurisdiction to make that order is very doubtful for the reasons given in my earlier judgment but in any event the order had been (or should have been) discharged by the time the Contested Notice was published.

(c) There is a finding and injunction, limited to Germany alone, that the 10.1 and 8.9 infringe German unfair competition law. But the statement is likely to be read as of more general application.

23. The second sentence reads:

A U.S. jury also found Samsung guilty of infringing on Apple's design and utility patents, awarding over one billion U.S. dollars in damages to Apple Inc.

That is misleading by omission. For the US jury specifically rejected Apple's claim that the US design patent corresponding to the Community Design in issue here was infringed. The average reader would think that the UK decision was at odds with that in the US. Far from that being so, it was in accordance with it.

24. The third sentence reads:

So while the U.K. court did not find Samsung guilty of infringement, other courts have recognized that in the course of creating its Galaxy tablet, Samsung wilfully copied Apple's far more popular iPad.

This is calculated to produce huge confusion. The false innuendo is that the UK court came to a different conclusion about copying, which is not true for the UK court did not form any view about copying. There is a further false innuendo that the UK court's decision is at odds with decisions in other countries whereas that is simply not true.

25. The reality is that wherever Apple has sued on this registered design or its counterpart, it has ultimately failed. It may or may not have other intellectual property rights which are infringed. Indeed the same may be true the other way round for in some countries Samsung are suing Apple. But none of that has got anything to do with the registered design asserted by Apple in Europe. Apple's additions to the ordered notice clearly muddied the water and the message obviously intended to be conveyed by it.

Comment: Re:The main issue is monitors. (Score 1) 133

by FromWithin (#41458019) Attached to: Why One Person Thinks Raspberry Pi Is Unsuitable For Education

The role it fills is:

  1. Plug in.
  2. Switch on.
  3. Learn to program.

Find something else (that came out after the 80s) that makes it as easy to get started in programming.

For the perfect example of what the Pi is intended for, see the games that this 7 year old has made:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iIHKM8_F4RA
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cwyao6eYW-Y
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=usrL4L3-ErI

Comment: Very disappointing (Score 2) 109

by FromWithin (#35208344) Attached to: <em>Mirror's Edge</em> Sequel On Hold
This is very disappointing news. Mirror's Edge is one of my all-time favourite games. According to vgchartz.com, it sold over 2 million copies between the PS3 and x360 versions and probably a lot more since those number were last updated. That's pretty close to Dead Space's figures (2.6 million), and EA was also disappointed with the results of that project. Yet, Dead Space 2 has arrived complete with a ton of marketing. I don't see how anyone can claim that Mirror's Edge wasn't a success, even if EA's expectations were wildly optimistic. I hope that it doesn't get resubmitted and released in future as a terrible multi-player game, but I do hope that there is a sequel eventually.

Comment: EyeToy was no failure (Score 2, Insightful) 135

by FromWithin (#34155084) Attached to: Failed Controller-Free Gaming Devices of the Past

From the article: "Sony dabbled twice with console-based webcams over the last two generations, and it only got any success after it introduced the Move."
From Wikipedia: "As of November 6, 2008, the EyeToy has sold 10.5 million units worldwide.".

10.5 million sales is most definitely a success by any definition.

The whole article strikes me as a Kinect advert: "Despite the occasional misinterpreted gesture, Microsoft's Kinect offers impressively immersive game controls and voice commands, all without needing to lay your finger on a single button."

Comment: Re:Right (Score 1) 375

by FromWithin (#31747870) Attached to: Game Devs On the Future of PC Gaming

I mean, how much would it cost to just put out Burnout Paradise 2? Just do some new textures, design a new town, some new races and a few new skins for cars and people like me would be happy to have it.

The naivety contained within the above two sentences is staggering. At a guess off the top of my head, I would say that it would cost probably in the region of $5 million.

You obviously weren't happy enough with Big Surf Island.

"Design a new town", involves a ludicrous amount of work for artists, designers and testers, with multiple passes and iterations. I can't even begin to tell you how much is involved in it. Definitely more than a year's work, possibly approaching two. Just the testing alone would cost hundreds of thousands even if there was no online play.

Displays

Console Makers Scaling Back Their Push For HD 221

Posted by Soulskill
from the this-is-not-hard dept.
The big news about game consoles of late are the recent price drops and hardware changes. However, an editorial at GamesIndustry looks into one of the side effects of those updates: decisions by both Microsoft and Sony not to include HDMI cables with their HD-capable consoles, despite the companies' long-standing interest in high-definition gaming. "From the perspectives of these companies, they want to include the cable which will be of most utility to the largest group of consumers possible, and it's clear that whatever research they have done suggests that the majority of consumers don't need — or rather, can't use — an HDMI cable. Neither firm wants to put an assortment of cables in the box 'just in case' — each additional cable erodes millions from the firm's profitability, after all. ... Supporting evidence that all is not well with the HD transition comes from Epic Games' Mark Rein, who told Eurogamer earlier this summer that 'over half the users who played Gears of War 2 so far do not have HDTVs.' Gears of War is a core gamer franchise, beloved of early adopters and the [so-called] hardcore. If less than half of those users are playing on HDTVs, what must the percentages be like for games like FIFA and Pro Evolution Soccer — let alone Singstar and Buzz, or popular movie tie-in titles?"

The meat is rotten, but the booze is holding out. Computer translation of "The spirit is willing, but the flesh is weak."

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