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Comment Re:Lol (Score 1) 288

Yep, it's so funny they are laughing all the way to the bank.

I wonder what I would do if I made the most popular tablet on the market by a HUGE margin and then decided to come out with a smaller version. Hmm, would I worry about what a few cheapskate android using slashdotters thought, or would I would maintain my previously successful pricing strategy...what to do, what to do.

Comment Re:No matter what the outcome actually is.... (Score 0, Troll) 1184

The entire point of the patent system is to grant an exclusive monopoly on an invention for a limited time to the inventor in exchange for divulging how it was done. Too bad if others can't compete due to this. If they can't compete because of this, that is further proof of the novelty of the invention and thus the inventing entity deserves the spoils all the more.

Comment Re:So they look alike. It's called "form factor." (Score 1) 251

I think the patent has run out on the coffee tureen by now. However, I can see your point about similar products having a similar design, but Samsung took this to the extreme. Apple hasn't sued Motorola over the the Xoom's appearance because while similar in form factor, it didn't take practically every major design cue from Apple like the Galaxy did.... hell, even the packaging and power brick look the same. If you think that there should be no such thing as design patents, fine, argue that, but it's plain that Samsung copied Apple in this case.

Comment Re:Standard connectors? LOL you wish! (Score 1) 427

It requires that any hardware manufacturers jump through the "Made for iPod/iPhone/iPad" process and licensing before their product can be marketed at being compatible. Yes, there are some costs incurred for the manufacturer that are paid to Apple, along with licensing royalties, but it also ensures that the device being connected behaves the way Apple needs it to behave (i.e., not drawing too much current, etc). Because their cable is proprietary, they can enforce this whereas if it were a micro-usb, they couldn't. This does have a lock-in effect though that I think you are overlooking. Think of all the iPod docks out there, or iPhone car mounts... Lets say you have entire home theatre tricked out and part of that system includes a nice, beautiful dock that only works with Apple's devices... If your iPod dies, what kind of device will you buy to ensure continued compatibility. Yes, this new dock port will force some to reconsider an apple product since their old docks won't work any more, but for those that do choose to buy into the new port, Apple has just locked in a large percentage of those users who might otherwise buy a samsung galaxy if not for the investment they already made.

Comment Re:No *official* port. (Score 2) 333

Hardly. Do you think Apple just magically shat out an OS and hardware a few weeks before the iPhone was released? All of that took quite a bit of time to write and develop before being released to the masses and since Apple didn't buy an already existing product to do it, I would say they started on it before Google purchased Android.

Comment Re:all the better to rebuild plantation economies (Score 1) 2247

Yes, they should suck it up as your alternative traps everyone in a shitty system instead only the poor. Like it or not, life isn't fair and no amount of federal bureaucracy will fix that. Getting rid of the DOE and other federal departments that truly offer little or no value add for our way of life is a good first step.

Yes, being poor sucks... tell us something we don't know.

Comment Re:Insulting people is a great way to influence th (Score 1) 326

I guess that would depend on whether my private fork would somehow give me a competitive advantage or not. Would the iPad sell as well if anyone could have iOS running on any old tablet. I guess it just depends on what you are trying to do. Apple gives back to open source in many ways, but they certainly don't give back everything as that would negate their efforts in setting themselves apart.

Comment Re:The in-depth analysis (Score 1) 312

I think you are mostly right. Amazon is really the only company currently capable of taking on Apple. If they were to do as you suggest and pretty much sell the Kindroids at cost, they could probably make a bit of coin on the content, but I think they would have to resort to a walled garden similar to Apple's for it to work. Yeah, you could probably the geek community side load apps and music (they would find a way around it anyway) but I wouldn't make it easy for the less savvy users. They will simply open up their app store app or music app and buy from amazon just like the Apple users do en mass. One thing they definitely would have to do though is make the process as seamless as possible because that is why the app store and iTMS took off.

Comment Re:Just go away Apple! (Score 0) 316

Google owns dick. iPhone is the single most sold smartphone brand presently and Apple makes more than 50% of all smartphone profit and probably 80% to 90% of tablet profit. Google is giving Android away for free. Now if you were to say Samsung or HTC, then your comparison might be valid but Google only makes the OS, not the phones themselves. If you are going to throw in the whole of Android then it would more honest of you to at least count all iOS based devices too when talking about which mobile OS is reigning supreme at the moment.

Comment Re:anti-competition (Score 1, Interesting) 98

What do you think these patent lawsuits are if not competing on innovation? I know it's not popular slashdot groupthink but patents are a way of staking claim to your innovations and preventing others from taking advantage of it in hopes that the resulting product will be better than the competition's. Apple is not your run of the mill patent troll. They actually make products incorporating these patentable inventions and I can't fault them for wanting to prevent other competing products from using those inventions.

Now I agree that software patents are a "bad idea," but not every patent lawsuit is about software patents. We all remember that Nokia managed to get a licensing out of Apple, so why shouldn't Apple be able to do the same for things they invented?

Comment Re:Bittersweet indeed (Score 1) 205

Therein lies the rub. Self-enrichment is a powerful motivator which often times spurs creativity which can not only reduce costs, but can also produce a superior product. It's a rare thing when the government actually does something well or efficiently, so I say lets give private enterprise a try and see what happens. Granted, it's not a sure thing... especially when the government starts messing with requirements and regulations and various inefficient procurement rules (ie, parts must be made in Alabama, assembled in North Dakota, and 47% of the parts must be from minority women owned businesses), but if they can mostly keep their hands off, it might just work.

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