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Max The Magnificent
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Re: Software patents is the reason for misery
Max The Magnificent   4/15/2014 10:44:03 AM
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@C VanDorne: You've got to read that book

I agree -- the Jobs biograph (and the film "Jobs") are both well worth it. I also read Steve Wozniak's "iWoz" and Paul Allan's sort of autobiography "Idea Man" and also the biography "Gates" by Stephen Manes and Paul Andrews. The combination of all of these really gives you an idea as to what was going on -- apart from anything else I now have a much deeper respect for Microsoft BASIC LOL

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Sheetal.Pandey   4/10/2014 1:47:33 PM
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Apple always remains in media scrutiny sometimes for doing so much and sometimes for not doing enough. Apple is a class cant be compared to Samsung or Google.

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rick merritt   4/9/2014 10:43:54 AM
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@PhilMac and Navelpluis: You two both have excellent and opposing points!

You should do a point/counterpoint!

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rick merritt   4/9/2014 10:40:47 AM
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@C Van Dorne: Yeah, Walter Issacson is a wonderful biographer and did even better books on Ben Franklin and Albert Einstein. That Jobs courted him to write the book is another sign of his ego.

I'd love to see anything about how Jobs' experience with the PC look-and-feel case colored his preparations for the iPhone patents.

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Max The Magnificent   4/9/2014 10:39:30 AM
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@betajet: Well, no one except maybe this University of Maryland researcher...

Wow --  I learn something new every day -- and it's ironic that she was on Microsoft's payroll at the time LOL

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betajet   4/9/2014 9:50:24 AM
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Max wrote: ... on the other hand no one else was doing this before Apple...

Well, no one except maybe this University of Maryland researcher in 1991: Microsoft researcher's 1991 video could torpedo Apple's key 'slide to unlock' patent

Truly novel inventions are very, very rare IMO.  In most cases it's just that nobody remembers the prior art since they didn't see it on TV last week.

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Max The Magnificent   4/9/2014 8:09:10 AM
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@Navelpluis: It is utter silly to patent 'look and feel'...

I'm in two minds about this (I'm intwo minds about just about everything). I keep thinking about the "Slide to Turn On" widget on the touchscreen of an iPhone or iPad. On the one hand this is relatively simple (but then so is a beer can ring pull) -- on the other hand no one else was doing this before Apple -- should they be able to capitalize on their inventiveness or not? (Is this "look and feel" or does it count as something else?

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Navelpluis   4/9/2014 3:57:11 AM
@ elctrnx_lyf,

That's exactly what I mean... It is utter silly to patent 'look and feel', or to patent software anyhow. Ya all have compilers, don't ya? You don't throw your code on the streets !  That is what I believe is protecting you enough from competition. With good programming efforts, compact optimized programming and a good "all going ahead" strategy we (as a small company) always have survived.

However we see -due to all of the legal stuff, regulations and fiscal difficulties- that the big world is trying to diverse us away from what we really are good at. That NEVER is going to happen as long as I am the CEO of this company. But the amount of money swept away from us to lawyers, fiscal adivisors and auditors will only grow, I am affraid... pity... harder to survive... 

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vijay1111   4/8/2014 3:04:08 PM
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I think what they need is a visionary CTO who can think like Steve and get Tim and his team to execute on technology and operations.

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elctrnx_lyf   4/8/2014 2:26:32 PM
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Everyone wants to patent the look and feel. What if some one thinks about the ideas little later than some one.

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