3297 posts • joined 3 Sep 2007
27 million users and 9 employees?
Color me impressed.
If this keeps going on...
Canada may one day become inhabitable!
Re: Put the patent lawyers in a big tombola,
H6242 — Kill all the lawyers.
Re: Preview pics on an LCD screen has a patent?
Welcome! You must be new on planet Earth.
No market power!
It is quite funny from Apple to claim they had no market power, and so could not have influenced the publishers. A bit like, when the iPhone came out, they clearly did not have any market power, since they were a new entrant and had never sold a phone; so they could not POSSIBLY have forced AT&T to sell the iPhone without carrier branding, and on terms vastly less advantageous than any other phone.
Yet, they clearly did. You have to admire them for that. But I do not think their "we are new entrants without market power" is going to convince anybody.
Re: being pedantic i know
The only problem is that now, we have an iPad which is newer than the iPad 2. They should come up with a generic way to call the iPad from last year, since they still sell it, only cheaper. I would suggest "the old iPad", but I doubt Apple would accept it.
Why 30%? Just because Apple asks for the same?
I would have demanded 20%, if only to claim to be cheaper...
I hope Apple keeps Google maps for directions
Especially for public transport. Having accurate info about which train/bus combination is the best at each time of the day is a life saver.
The industry is basically bumping prices by forcing people to buy a feature they don't want. Well played.
This is the one you are looking for, I think. Seriously, I think that is the idea.
Re: or maybe laying on the chaise longue
Yeah, who's getting laid on the chaise longue?
Yeah, I think he blew it on the last paragraph.
It will never descend...
It will fly away, free and unfettered, discover new worlds, strange dark planets under binary stars, off the shoulder of Orion...
Stallman's definition of "truly free"...
Is the one that puts MORE constraints on the developer than Apache's definition. I have always thought this slightly strange.
They say "Free as in free speech, not as in free beer." Maybe this should be "free as in free love". That would better represent the fact that the code is never really yours.
There are official web sites that are legally mandated to display the information — and Google would be legally mandated to pretend these web sites do not exist.
Re: I don't get it
...Or does it even mean these apps COULD BE doing it, who knows?
If they really found apps that played fast and loose with the user data, I'm sure Google would remove them from their app store, but somehow, Channel 4 have decided not say exactly what the apps do, or even name the apps that they found to be misbehaving. Can we get some DETAILS?
That would be difficult
...considering iRobot is the name of a company that sells vacuum cleaners, and is completely unrelated to Apple...
Hollywood would never allow the US flag to be shredded on camera.
Apple is the biggest company in the world, in case you did not get the memo. Became bigger than Exxon a while ago. They also make more money than any company at the show, AND have more money in the bank than all these companies put together.
Why Google is more criticised
Google is perceived as more powerful. Apart from privacy problems, Facebook still feels mostly harmless in comparison. I think the reason Microsoft used to be so hated was also related to the strength of its monopoly more than the faults of its products.
Placebo != Homeopathy
Placebo is having a sugar pill and charging it the cost of the sugar.
Homeopathy is having a sugar pill and charging it 100 times the cost of sugar.
See why the pharmaceutical industry is pushing for homeopathy?
They do have the money
To buy just about 50% of Google. Though normally, you would need a hefty surcharge to actually buy it. Oh yeah, I'm afraid that'll need approval from regulators...
I don't know how they managed it but...
Telcos are the most hated players in the industry. For instance, I believe consumers would in general prefer their NFC system to be managed by anybody – Apple, Google, Microsoft, Samsung, Visa, even the banks – rather than the telcos.
Correlation... over four years!?
Kill it with fire. This is not a scientific paper, it is bullshit.
Re: Re: They've had years
IIRC, you have to defend trademarks to keep them, but not patents.
In fact, you can look at a new company infringe your patent, wait until they build their whole system on the idea, and then threaten a fully-fledged company that has stakes and high switching costs rather than a small start-up that would just rewrite their code or fold.
Convincing people to give money to telcos rather than Google and Apple? Good luck.
They'll need it. I for one will take some convincing.
Which country is that?
It took me until the very bottom of the article to learn the results were presented in SF. Does this means the study was donein US, in California, in the world?
Apple is not competing with Proview
For the good reason that Proview is not selling anything.
What is the point, then?
Does this not allow Facebook to keep pretty much everything?
You are a lucky married man, or single. Them things are expensive.
Standard Android problem
Every single app asks for every other permission on the book, and there is no way to remove these permissions selectively.
"Secret coded memo from Apple to Foxconn said to discuss characteristics of iPad 4"
The iPad 4 is widely expected to start sales around March 2013. According to people who have seen the memo, the iPad may include new features, such as an additional side button and a Kinect-like function allowing to type using sign language. Possibly. And, lessee, a more efficient battery. And a second version with a smaller form factor.
...Oh yeah, Apple refused to comment on rumors and speculation.
Impressive list of newspapers
...not. Do mainstream newspapers refuse to talk to Wikileaks, or does Wikileaks refuse to talk with mainstream newspapers? I actually like my leaks with some professional journalism in it.
1) Has Google even said anything about Google goggles?
2) Do we really need to give them ideas about how to track even more stuff??
of Olympic swimming pools as a measure of money.
But at least, it is not a software patent.
China wants to keep its manufacturing business
The threat that a lawsuit coming from anywhere could ban the exportation of products built in China is surely hair-raising to any western company. Especially since Chinese courts are not known for their even-handedness when judging between local and foreign companies.
I think the Chinese government knows that, and prefers to lose money on this shaky case, rather than risk its manufacturing sector.
Maybe, like on computers, we could have the option to forbid apps from accessing the internet. Just saying. Access to private information becomes much less of a problem when it cannot be sent anywhere anyway.
Re: damn auto correct
If your autocorrect is replacing "is" with "OS"...
You might be working in the IT business.
That Foxconn prepares for inspections should be no surprise... But the "mandatory internship to graduate" is a new angle. Entirely plausible, and scary: This is as close an example as I can think of to slavery – considering the internships might not even be paid!
Google makes piracy too easy
Also, cars and roads make bank robberies too easy.
I had a 6-digits PIN on my creadit card since 1998
Maybe the British industry should wake up a bit?
He first received the data anonymously; at that point, he could have sent it to the media without checking. He checked that the data was factual by using somebody else's name, then sent it.
If this was a journalist instead of a scientist, hardly anybody would be surprised, let alone shocked. Had this been done by a denialist rather than a warmist, Lewis would be concentrating on the data rather than the leaker.
Why does the Socialist party change their mind, just because the far right agrees? They do not need to disagree on everything...
It can be useful when you have friends...
Return to the roots?
Like a 55-years-old woman after a messy divorce who dresses and makes up as if she was 18?
"US PTO *better f*cking NOT* award apple a patent for this."
You are kidding, right? Of course they will award the patent. In the US, prior art is only checked in patent infringement lawsuits.
Yippee, I'm Swiss!
Shame I never buy Microsoft stuff...
Did not read the article...
But wonderful title!
It did not take until 1987...
The precursor http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Softporn_Adventure was released in 1981. According to Ken Williams, it sold 25,000 copies for the Apple II, when there were only 100,000 Apple II in circulation.