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2012-11-09 12:35:07 AM
"I don't understand how you could be so obtuse."
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ZAZ [TotalFark]
2012-11-09 09:55:43 AM
The two small circles are not part of the patented design because they are drawn with broken instead of solid lines. (See text of patent linked from article.) However, the inner sharp-cornered rectangle is part of the design. Apple has patented a rectangle with square corners inside a rectangle with rounded corners.
 
2012-11-09 10:06:08 AM
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2012-11-09 10:45:10 AM

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That slate is in violation of Apple's patent, the manufacturer will be hearing from Apple's lawyers.
 
2012-11-09 12:31:24 PM
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2012-11-09 01:29:52 PM

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Apple's plan (with full steps!):
1) Set Mac Time Machine to 1800s.
2) Sue school teachers for using Apple's original design. Burn them at the stake just to be sure.
3) Profit (and steak)!
 
2012-11-09 04:23:27 PM

xaveth: I_Am_Weasel: [i.ebayimg.com image 300x241]

Apple's plan (with full steps!):
1) Set Mac Time Machine to 1800s.
2) Sue school teachers for using Apple's original design. Burn them at the stake just to be sure.
3) Profit (and steak)!


They'd have to go back quite a bit further since you can theoretically show prior art using cuneiform tablets from eons ago. However I doubt this would deter their attempts in the slightest.
 
2012-11-09 04:23:47 PM
Once again...no measurements, no ratios provided (and ratios apparently don't matter to them anyway given prior legal actions). My f*cking computer monitor violates this...
 
2012-11-09 07:30:20 PM

SacriliciousBeerSwiller: Once again...no measurements, no ratios provided (and ratios apparently don't matter to them anyway given prior legal actions). My f*cking computer monitor violates this...


Don't you know? Apple can do no wrong, and all their patents are obviously based on only ORIGINAL ideas that NO ONE has EVER thought of before them! To think anything else is HERESY!
 
2012-11-10 01:19:47 AM
Waiting for the Fark patent defenders to explain to all of us how this is 100% justified and necessary in 3...2...1...
 
2012-11-10 06:12:13 AM
I'm not sure if I'm for or against these patents. They make a much needed point. Sure, they're exploiting a dumb system, but they're also demonstrating that the system is dumb to a wider audience (no, I'm not calling you fat).

People say that patents protect inventors, but anyone with enough creativity to really make that title meaningful isn't held back by lack of patents. It's really to protect manufacturers and distributors. The tragic part is that a little competition does more to help the economy than idea protection ever did.
 
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