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The Galaxy Tab 10.1 (right) is currently banned from sales in Australia, pending the result of Apple's lawsuit against Samsung. No reports of the iPad being banned have arrived yet.  (Source: Daily Mobile)

Apple CEO Steve Jobs has proudly admitted to "stealing" ideas from competitors, but argues that Android "steals" from his company's ideas and shouldn't be allowed to, legally.  (Source: Jim Wilson/The New York Times)
Company will repay Samsung for lost revenue if it loses the case

Apple, Inc. (AAPL) has scored a major victory in latest round of lawsuits [1][2] courtesy of a ban on Samsung Electronics Comp., Ltd.'s (SEO:005930) Australian Android tablet sales.  

Google Inc.'s (GOOG) Android platform is outselling the iPhone 2 to 1 and is growing at a faster pace than Apple.  So Apple is now trying to stifle its competitor with lawsuits.  It is currently suing all three [1][2][3] of the world's largest Android handset makers.

This week, Samsung agreed to cease sales and advertising of its Galaxy Tab 10.1 in Australia, pending the outcome of a suit Apple filed against it in Australian court.  The suit is one of many that Apple has filed against Samsung in international courts.  

Like the other suits, in this one Apple contends that Samsung "slavishly" worked to steal its intellectual property, including its patented iPad design -- a thin rectangular tablet with a glass screen and black bezel.  Apple also claims Samsung stole its touchscreen technology.  In all 10 of Apple's patents are cited as being infringed.

Steven Burley, a lawyer for Apple, says the ban on sales was necessary as Samsung made "announcements of an imminent launch of the Galaxy Tab 10.1 device ongoing since July 20."

So far Samsung has not made similar agreements in the North America, Europe, or Asia.  However, Apple is pursuing a preliminary injunction banning sales in these regions.

Samsung is countersuing Apple.  The company has one of the world's largest patent portfolios and holds more U.S. patents than Apple.  Thus some legal experts believe Apple may have picked an intellectual property fight with the wrong company.

Apple chief executive and co-founder, Steven P. Jobs has bragged about his mastery of stealing ideas from others, stating [video], "Picasso had a saying - 'Good artists copy, great artists steal.' And we have always been shameless about stealing great ideas." 

Mr. Jobs contends Android handset makers like Samsung, HTC, and Motorola should not be allowed to "steal" the iPad and iPhone's copyrighted look and designs.  

Critics have contended that Apple's patents are so broad that they cover every smart phone and tablet in existence today, as well as non-mobile devices like personal computers.

Apple has agreed to pay Samsung unspecified damages for lost sales, if it loses the case.  It is unclear if this agreement would cover lost sales in the case of a "draw" -- a scenario, which could occur if both companies win their respective lawsuits, forcing a cross-licensing agreement. 

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RE: cool
By Dirk88 on 8/1/2011 8:45:10 PM , Rating: -1
Part II:

This is a fact. Please take the time to look up some facts about benchmark comparisons between Macs and Windows PCs before you shart yourself...

Then there's the fact that all of the hardware works together, whereas most PC makers constantly change the hardware, even within the same model, to put in cheaper parts. Not better parts, but cheaper ones.

Then there's the fact that Apple developed the drivers for the hardware, which is a finite set of hardware that they can test, unlike the hardware bazaar that PC makers draw their parts from. So it works flawlessly, not like the box full of mismatched crap that most PCs are.

There are also three ways to run Windows on a Mac. You can dual boot with Boot Camp, run it in a virtual machine like VMware, OR you can run something like Parallels, which integrates Windows apps into the OS X UI.

With windows, you are stuck with Windows. Even if you get something like MKS tools or CygWin to simulate Unix, all the directories are wrong, and many of the standard POSIX services and utilities are absent...

Tomcat on windows is a completely different binary. Tomcat for Mac OS x, Linux, and unix is the SAME EXACT BINARY. This is important. You want the same dev env as production, or as close as possible. Don't give me this bullshit that MKS tools or something that lets you run a shell script is Unix. I've been there, done that... I have forgotten more about Windows than you will ever know...

As far as native apps, you don't own a Mac. There has been an explosion in app development since Apple put the App Store in OS X. Sure you can find Windows stuff that doesn't exist on a Mac, and now you can find tons of Mac stuff that doesn't exist on Windows. TONS of apps now.

Here's the bottom line -- with a Mac you can run Mac, Windows and Unix apps. With a Windows PC, you can only run Windows. OK, you can do VMware and try to run Linux, but I did this and it worked like crap on my Windows machine. I don't need Linux on my Mac, because I just need a POSIX complaint environment. See, Windows is not POSIX compliant. They decided the standards set up by the government and most other operating systems, didn't apply to them...

What do you mean x.11 isn't needed on a PC? It is if you want to run X.11 unix applications. It's not an emulator, dude. OS X is a Unix machine. x.11 runs in a different environment, not in an emulator.

As for benchmarking an OS X app vs. Windows, there is a variety of benchmarking software that does this. Off the top of my head, Cinemark is one. They measure basic computing operations, video operations, as well as batch processes, like converting audio files. These are comparable tasks across operating systems.

One can also do things such as start the same application, say Photoshop, and see how long it takes to load and do various processes. Popular Mechanics and CNET have done such studies, based on devices with similar hardware, down to the frontside bus throughput. Do you even know what a frontside bus is? Doesn't seem like you know much about computers, software, or engineering process. Or debate, for that matter... 

What you do admit is that Windows is a hodge lodge of different hardware, so who knows how anything will perform on one system or another? Probably doesn't matter to shit slobs... It is, however, well established that with a Mac and Windows PC, having the same hardware, the Mac will outperform the Windows computer on THE SAME APPS like Photoshop, eclipse, or anything... These are comparable. I don't need to take this "I don't understand computing" crap from some hacky douche who doesn't even know what a frontside bus is... Yeah, most PC makers hope you won't know about the finer points of hardware, like bus speeds and caches. Just look at CPU and memory. Duh!

1980s SDLC? Sorry, but process engineering has been increasing in prominence since I started developing. 1980s was more about sharting out code, which seems to be where you are stuck... Process is much more important. Only shitty companies like Google expect people to pay to beta test products... If you think SDLC is a 1980s concept, you are a shit developer working at a shit company. This is why I stay away from the semi-pro software on iOS, which is pretty much all that Android has... Semi-pro developers know just enough to be dangerous... What's next? QAT is 1960s hippy crap? Your comment on SDLC is mind numbing. The product I work on is a medical product. We don't shart out hacky shit that ends up killing people, ok?

Google will live up to their word with Google TV? Wow, because they didn't live up to their word the first time. Google TV shipped with half of the content links on the menu going to blocked content, because their content "partners" blocked them. If you look at the reviews on Amazon, many users complain that it is an alpha product, not even beta quality.

Google has back down on everything. Android is not open. They are threatening to sue handset makers over fragmentation clauses, but the handset makers HAD TO innovate and create UI enhancements, because stock Android is not consumer friendly... I am starting to see companies like Motorola and Logitech getting fed up with Google. They may very well decide to put more effort into Microsoft technologies, or develop their own from Android source and cut Google out of the process... Motorola, in particular, is not too happy that 70% of their returned phones are due to SOFTWARE that the user installed and it screwed up their phone... Ooops, Google didn't treat you like babies and force you to back up your device, so you got a brick...

I don't buy that an iOS update "bricked" you phone. They always back everything up, and you can easily revert...

Look, if you want to enable Google to make crap, and you want to buy it, go for it. You're like the person who buys a jug of wine for the alcoholic, and happily mops up their puke in the morning...

I can only imagine what crappy software you develop... You expect people to pay to beta test? That may be fine for some hacky low end b2b stuff, but for a consumer product like a phone, tablet, or tv system? It's deplorable... For a health care product, you'll kill someone... We would never hire a hack like you... Ever...

Google's reputation is taking repeated blows. People know this stuff is junk.

Yeah, I said I still wait a while to see if the OS updates are OK. None of my Apple devices have had problems with updates. The only problems I have are on patch Tuesday, when my ISP upgrades their crappy Windows Server systems, and my Internet connection goes off and on for 3 hours... One can never truly escape the crappyness of Windows.

Sorry, but if you think SDLC and process are these old 1980s concepts, you are mistaken. That's one major way we avoid hiring hacks. If they don't know basic engineering process and worked at some small company or consulting firm where they just shart out code, we don't hire them... We wouldn't hire you. Writing code is much different than being a software engineer. You are a coder, not an engineer... Now go learn some basics about hardware, chump...

Have a nice day!

RE: cool
By karlostomy on 8/1/2011 9:33:41 PM , Rating: 1
@ dirk88

Cripes, dude!
You wrote 1285 words in that blathering wall of macfanboy text.


RE: cool
By 225commander on 8/2/2011 9:37:13 AM , Rating: 2
Haha, why are all of you attempting to reply and correct this guy?

Me thinks 'Dirks88' = 'Pirks'

now go back and read the comments and tell me you don't see the similarities, right down to the long diatribe 'explaining' Apple superiority in the face of reality,

RE: cool
By Cheesew1z69 on 8/2/2011 11:21:52 AM , Rating: 2
Def sounds Pirkish...

RE: cool
By Pirks on 8/2/2011 4:27:56 PM , Rating: 2
And you sound just like yourself - a clumsy autistic clown, can't even entertain me well. What a loser... try harder maybe? ;)

RE: cool
By Cheesew1z69 on 8/6/2011 3:36:56 PM , Rating: 2
Entertain you? I am not here for your entertainment moron. The only loser here, is as usual, you.

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