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Comment: Re:and they paved the way for spotify (Score 1, Interesting) 143

by idobi (#42637279) Attached to: How Apple Killed an iTunes Competitor
This isn't even a fair comparison. For every track sold on iTunes, the "label" (by label, it could apply to an actual label, or the artist themselves if they self published) gets $.70. For every track played on spotify, the "label" gets $.0017. Buying through iTunes is vastly more beneficial to content producers.

Comment: Re:Automation and unemployment (Score 1) 602

by idobi (#42237659) Attached to: A US Apple Factory May Be Robot City
Robotic factories don't exist in a vacuum. They need to buy boxes to package the product, drivers and railcars to ship things to customers. Not to mention the short term employment to build the factories. Even a fully automated factory will need at least 15 full time employees to maintain the factory. That's not including the part time security and cleaning staff. That's a minimum of 50 jobs that didn't exist before, and for the Apple factory would probably be closer to 200.

Comment: Re:How is it even possible to innovate these days? (Score 2, Informative) 286

by idobi (#41169121) Attached to: In Wake of Samsung Verdict, HTC Does Not Intend To Settle

A patent is, by definition, not secret. The fundamental requirement for getting a patent is disclosure of the invention.

Who is the genius who modded you informative?

Invention Secrecy Act allows the patent office to classify defense-relatd patents secret:

Comment: Re:The big difference here is (Score 1) 679

by idobi (#40277387) Attached to: History Will Revere Bill Gates and Forget Steve Jobs, Says Author

The money he spends on Charity work is less than the interest he makes on his fortunes. Its hard for me to find it impressive.

That's how sustainable foundations work. You donate portions of your interest and grow your principal so that you can do so again the next year, and the year after that, and the year after that.. theoretically into perpetuity and at least long after the founder is dead.

Comment: Re:It's the business model (Score 4, Insightful) 192

by idobi (#38516632) Attached to: Samsung Reconsidering Android 4.0 On the Galaxy S
Nothing requires you to update your 3gs to iOS5 - but you can if you want to. As opposed to an update not being available at all... Aside from providing an upgrade path, is Apple also suppose to hold back features that highlight their new models in an effort to prevent performance issues in older models?

Comment: What patents comes with the purchase? (Score 1) 578

by idobi (#37095820) Attached to: Google To Acquire Motorola Mobility For $12.5 Bill
It occurs to me that Motorola Inc. owns the patent, not Motorola Mobility. In the purchase of Motorola Mobility, it's not clear what patents are included in the deal. I doubt Motorola just handed Google their entire patent portfolio. Did Motorola just trick Google into buying an empty bag?

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