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(Salon)   Salon forgets who their readers are, completely shiats all over Steve Jobs. Hilarity most definitely ensued   (salon.com) divider line 76
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2013-07-20 12:24:04 PM
All software patents should be abolished, but for things like pharmaceuticals patents are an absolute necessity.
 
2013-07-20 12:31:13 PM
For some reason the milquetoast liberalism sites favored by Apple users all have godawful design.  I'm looking at you, Salon, Slate, Rawstory, etc.  It is 2013; it is safe to retire the blink tag, bold monochrome rectangles, and over 9000 ad networks running slow JavaScript.
 
2013-07-20 12:45:35 PM
When I read headlines like this, I'm reminded that people hold stereotypes that I've never even heard of.   Like I don't make the connection between Salon and Apple.  I didn't know that was a thing I could stereotype.  What do Samsung users read?  Are they really into Newsmax or something?  Is that a thing?
 
2013-07-20 01:32:04 PM
Ah, yes, patents.  Climb to the shoulders of the nearest giant, then kick the ladder away.
 
2013-07-20 01:53:18 PM

jake_lex: Baron Harkonnen: Steve Jobs was a great American entrepreneur who also thought that drinking more fruit juice would cure his pancreatic cancer holistically; cancer that was almost certainly caused by decades of a fruit and nut diet that pushed his pancreas past the breaking point.

There's a fine line between genius and insanity.  It's interesting how many great innovators stand on both sides.

Reading Walter Isaacson's bio of Steve Jobs makes it sound like they succeeded as much despite him as because of him.  Take the iPhone 4, for example: Jobs insisted on having a metal band around its edges, which the engineers (rightfully) told him was a bad idea, because it would block radio signals.  He only budged enough to allow some openings to be put in that metal band, which then led to a problem where you could easily block that opening with your finger as you hold it and lose signal strength, sometimes enough to drop calls.  and then when that was questioned later, he gave his infamous "You're holding it wrong" response, which would have gotten any frontline iPhone support agent fired.  And there's much more like that, like the way his design demands made the original Macintosh far more expensive and underpowered (even by the standards of the day) than it should have been.

It's kind of interesting to think about, with all the "Apple is doooooooooooooooooooooomed without Steve Jobs!" trolls that seem to infest the tech press these days.


I thought they the metal band around the outside *was* the antenna. Was more than one antenna, in fact. And that the whole 'you're holding it wrong' was because you could bridge the gap between those two antenna's with your fingers.
 
2013-07-20 02:06:07 PM
"Thus Columbus is portrayed as "discovering" that the Earth was round, even though most intelligent people of his day knew it."
-=-
How does this sound familiar with some people today?

/Glad the story wasn't about Steve Jobs.
 
2013-07-20 02:25:23 PM
FTFA: Gar Alperovitz writes in "Unjust Deserts,"

Other unjust deserts: the Sahara, damned unjust; the Mohave, somewhat unjust; the Gobi, the go to unjust.

Oh you meant "Unjust Desserts"
 
2013-07-20 02:27:00 PM

HeartBurnKid: Raging Whore Moans: Skyrmion: Our IP laws suck and so did that article.

Our patent system is royally farked but it's unfair to lump good faith businesses (™) and artists (©) in with the patent trolls.

True, those IP laws suck in an entirely different way

/Trademarks are a blunt cudgel, overly used to crush competition
//Copyright has become perpetual, spelling the end of common culture


Physical property does not expire; why should intellectual property? If I inherit a house, I can charge rent on it indefinitely, as can my heirs. It does not become public property 50 (or however many years) after the original builder dies.

Capitalism. Don't you love it?
 
2013-07-20 02:30:56 PM
Has anyone seen the new cylinder shaped desktop Mac.  Looks beautiful and is as close to art as a PC straight out of a factory will get.

It also looks perfectly impossible to upgrade, and it belongs in a museum.  Surely not in a working office where clutter is a reality.

/I know upgradeable Mac PC is an oxymoron.
 
2013-07-20 02:44:50 PM
They are crazy like a fox. Give the pot a stir before you go on vacation and it'll still be bubbling when you get back.

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Yeah, we know who we are, so it's not technically a con, like Fox News or Rush Limbaugh.
 
2013-07-20 03:45:03 PM
No, they lost most of those readers when they went apeshiat on a Patton Oswalt joke last week.
 
2013-07-20 04:11:44 PM

NutWrench: The American patent system is based on what Gar Alperovitz calls "the hero inventor" ideology, the belief that one man or woman working diligently and independently on a project drives innovation by upending the status quo.

I don't think it's that at all. I think the problem is a deliberately overworked and underfunded Patent Office that doesn't have the time to read patent applications that are deliberately written in a confusing, complicated way and so they end up granting overly broad patents. The intent is to stifle competition but every once in a while, one of these overly-broad patents comes back to bite a big company in the ass.


That's a problem with every federal bureau though. Our natl gov is grossly underfunded practically everywhere you look outside of the Military, Intelligence, and the FBI.
 
2013-07-20 04:14:05 PM
FTA [Comments]: So focused is this commie author on describing all innovation as collective that he misses the real problem with US intellectual property law: it currently puts all the IP power in the hands of middlemen who don't produce anything. To fix it, we need to give the power back to the actual artists and inventors, not transfer it from middlemen to bureaucrats.

This... THIS, America, is why you cannot have nice things.

You fear communism[or at least you think you do], but you have absolutely no grasp or concept of what communism actually is.
 
2013-07-20 04:26:36 PM

Mach10: FTA [Comments]: So focused is this commie author on describing all innovation as collective that he misses the real problem with US intellectual property law: it currently puts all the IP power in the hands of middlemen who don't produce anything. To fix it, we need to give the power back to the actual artists and inventors, not transfer it from middlemen to bureaucrats.

This... THIS, America, is why you cannot have nice things.

You fear communism[or at least you think you do], but you have absolutely no grasp or concept of what communism actually is.


And all communist countries are heavenly, with no hunger, no repression, no militarism, all citizen wants satisfied, all needs fulfilled, no disease, no discord, and no crime.

America has a great deal of nice things. What communist country do you actually live in?

Let me guess, you're one of those armchair "communists" who indulges in the "no true Scotsman" fallacy whenever someone points out the reality of communism in application. That works both ways. If one can claim that there are no "truly communist countries" upon which to base a conclusion, one can equally as validly argue that there are "no true capitalist countries", either. This is because, even in the USA, there has always been some level of government regulation and taxation. Likewise, government in the USA has been in charge of postal services, roads, police, defense, etc., In a purely capitalist country, these would all be run by privately-owned companies.
 
2013-07-20 06:53:32 PM
Suicide Nets.

That is all.
 
2013-07-20 06:55:11 PM

Mach10: FTA [Comments]: So focused is this commie author on describing all innovation as collective that he misses the real problem with US intellectual property law: it currently puts all the IP power in the hands of middlemen who don't produce anything. To fix it, we need to give the power back to the actual artists and inventors, not transfer it from middlemen to bureaucrats.

This... THIS, America, is why you cannot have nice things.

You fear communism[or at least you think you do], but you have absolutely no grasp or concept of what communism actually is.


Oh, look everyone, it's THAT guy again.  What do we say to that guy? That's right - go eat a bowl of dicks, bootlicker!
 
2013-07-20 09:10:59 PM
Rosseau, Zizek, and Foucault? I feel like TFA should be part of a drinking game.


jake_lex
It's kind of interesting to think about, with all the "Apple is doooooooooooooooooooooomed without Steve Jobs!" trolls that seem to infest the tech press these days.

It's because Apple is a cult.
 
2013-07-20 09:46:08 PM
Wow. Quoting Foucault like that makes you right like a sophomore philosophy student. This is the left-wing version of Ayn Rand.
 
2013-07-20 09:46:48 PM
(BTW, I meant "right," not "write")
 
2013-07-20 10:06:42 PM

digistil: Abe Vigoda's Ghost: Bashar and Asma's Infinite Playlist: jake_lex: It's kind of interesting to think about, with all the "Apple is doooooooooooooooooooooomed without Steve Jobs!" trolls that seem to infest the tech press these days

Well they've moved from a phone where your hand can block calls to a phone where your hand can bend the aluminum casing through normal use, so I'm not sure if they're moving in the right direction.

This is the first time I've heard that the aluminum casing having a bending problem.
Citation please?

I'm surprised you ask this after publicly acknowledging you work full time for Samsung as a threadshiater.

/I guess that easy six figure salary keeps you busy with the toys that daddy refuses to buy, like that chrome-painted BMW.


I guess Samsung is gonna be pissed when they find out I have an iPhone 5.
Just because someone does not think Apple is infallible, does not mean they shill for another company.

And I drive a Mercedes that is not chrome plated.
 
2013-07-21 01:55:10 AM
Steve Jobs was a waffle.
 
2013-07-21 03:23:37 AM

ZeroCorpse: Steve Jobs was a waffle.


Steve Jobs was GREAT!!!

a GREAT... waffle. God, I've always loved ordering 2 Steve Jobs topped with blueberry syrup and heavily slathered in butter. But that's just me.

No really. Steve Jobs was great, and really helped develop Apple into a powerhouse. He didn't do it alone, but he directed it to that greatness. And he was a designer, and an idiosyncratic OCD tyrannical nutjob, but that doesn't preclude greatness. Most of all, beyond designing the products, he designed the audience. That was his true genius. A whole generation raised on Apple products in their schools. A culture that defines Apple products as "smart" and "hip" by name and look alone. I've will admit that they were a step ahead in the touchscreen department of their phones... it was head and shoulders above other touchscreens in responsiveness at the time. However, having had to help develop third party products for iPhones, lemme tell ya... the genius is definitely in cornering the rules... cornering the branding... cornering the consumer.
 
2013-07-21 06:22:49 AM
Steve Jobs is to invention and innovation as China is to... invention and innovation.
 
2013-07-21 08:54:39 AM

orbister: HeartBurnKid: Raging Whore Moans: Skyrmion: Our IP laws suck and so did that article.

Our patent system is royally farked but it's unfair to lump good faith businesses (™) and artists (©) in with the patent trolls.

True, those IP laws suck in an entirely different way

/Trademarks are a blunt cudgel, overly used to crush competition
//Copyright has become perpetual, spelling the end of common culture

Physical property does not expire; why should intellectual property? If I inherit a house, I can charge rent on it indefinitely, as can my heirs. It does not become public property 50 (or however many years) after the original builder dies.

Capitalism. Don't you love it?


I like your house, so I will buy the lot next door, tear down the existing structure, and build my house to the exact specs yours was built to, copying it as close as I can possibly come.  I can have the house I want, without having to pay the actual owner a single penny!
 
2013-07-21 02:29:12 PM

orbister: HeartBurnKid: Raging Whore Moans: Skyrmion: Our IP laws suck and so did that article.

Our patent system is royally farked but it's unfair to lump good faith businesses (™) and artists (©) in with the patent trolls.

True, those IP laws suck in an entirely different way

/Trademarks are a blunt cudgel, overly used to crush competition
//Copyright has become perpetual, spelling the end of common culture

Physical property does not expire; why should intellectual property? If I inherit a house, I can charge rent on it indefinitely, as can my heirs. It does not become public property 50 (or however many years) after the original builder dies.

Capitalism. Don't you love it?


Physical property and "intellectual property" are two entirely different things.  For example, if I own a house, I can't sue you because your house looks too similar to mine, or even if you deliberately set out to copy my house.

And copyright isn't capitalism.  Capitalism involves the trading of money for goods and services, with values fluctuating based upon the scarcity of the good or service.  Copyright is the creation of a monopoly on a non-scarce good by government fiat.
 
2013-07-21 09:35:19 PM
SO why are they using a cut out schematic of a Hydril GK style Annular that at least 3 other companies make?
 
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