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Submission + - The Apple Tax Hypocrisy (mondaynote.com)

EMB Numbers writes: Apple's victorious $1B patent verdict against Samsung has the potential to raise prices of competing phones when makers must pay a royalty (tax) to Apple. Yet, Apple pays the Nokia tax: Apple paid Nokia more than $600M plus an estimated $11.50 per iPhone sold. Nokia has made more money from these IP arrangements than from selling its own Lumia smartphones.

Last year, about half of all Android handset makers paid a Microsoft Tax bill of $27 per phone. Samsung pays Microsoft “between $10 and $15 – for each Android smartphone or tablet computer it sells.”

  Jean-Louis Gassée identifies hypocrisy in the media and nerd outrage : http://www.mondaynote.com/2012/08/26/the-apple-tax-part-ii/

Submission + - Aswering EFF: Apple defends iOS devs (macworld.com)

EMB Numbers writes: Patent troll Lodsys sent a letter to several Apple iOS developers on May 13, 2011 claiming that iOS developers infringed Lodsys patents and needed to license the company’s technology.
The EFF asked Apple to defend the independent devs. http://www.engadget.com/2011/05/17/lodsys-vs-apple-devs-eff-helps-us-dig-deeper/
Today, Apple rallied with a smack-down legal response backing independent Devs with the full Apple's full might.

Submission + - Social Intelligence: Why be an Enginerd? 4

EMB Numbers writes: Social Intelligence: Engineers design things that salesmen sell. Salesmen sell to each other in clubs, on golf courses, and over drinks. Engineers value competence in design. Salesmen value competence in clubs, golf courses, and drinking. College fraternities are surely the best possible training ground for salesmen. I should have joined a frat and studied clubs, golf, and beer :( Why does anybody study engineering? Why do engineers always end up working for salesmen? Is it because salesmen bring in the money and engineers are just a regrettably necessary cost of product development?

Submission + - Sony adopts Objective-C and GNUstep frameworks (sonydeveloper.com) 1

EMB Numbers writes: Sony has revealed that the new SNAP development environment for "consumer electronics" is based on Objective-C and the open source GNUstep implementation of Apple's Openstep spec. While Apple has continued to update their specification in the form of Cocoa and Mac OS X, GNUstep has preserved the original standard. Anyone familiar with Cocoa Touch and iOS will feel right at home developing for Sony. There may even be some source code compatibility between the platforms. The world continues to chase apple — probably for the better.

Submission + - 7th Graders Find Large Cave on Mars (cnet.com)

EMB Numbers writes: Cnet news http://news.cnet.com/8301-17938_105-20008507-1.html?part=rss&subj=news&tag=2547-1_3-0-20 reports that "the science class from Evergreen Middle School in Cottonwood, Calif. found the opening while working on a research project with the Mars Space Flight Facility run out of Arizona State University in Tempe." "The students examined more than 200 images of Mars taken with the Thermal Emission Imaging System (Themis), an instrument on NASA's Mars Odyssey orbiter."

The only other similar opening near the volcano was found in 2007, when Glen Cushing, a scientist with the U.S. Geological Survey, published a research paper on the surface anomalies.

The opening is estimated to be 620 feet by 520 feet and the hole to be at least 380 feet deep.

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