Better, but I still don't get what you are attacking me for. I haven't even expressed my opinion on the subject, let alone implied that I regard my opinion as important, so what's with your aggressive last paragraph when all I did was ask for your opinion on a couple of specific questions? Are you just assuming that I will disagree with you? Or are you offended that I suggested that you don't engage much - is that the "belittling and denigrating" that you referred to? Or just over-sensitive because you think everyone is against you here? You claim to be open-minded - owning and appreciating Apple products, but I can't recall a single pro-Apple post of yours. Can you? It's hard to maintain that credibility if your posts are uniformly one-sided. And anyway - given your very low opinion of the inhabitants of this site, why are you even posting here? A little introspection might help.
Anyway - I had read the entire thread before I posted, and no, you had not addressed those questions in my opinion, which is why I posed them. The content of nearly all your posts comprised (as usual) photos or references to products or concepts that you think constitute prior art or design separation on quite specific aspects of the copying debate, or complaints about the granting of over-broad rights. That's fine. I understand your position on the legal/rights issues. What I had never seen you post, here, or before for that matter, was an actual simple opinion on whether you thought Samsung/Google had in any way copied Apple, legally addressable or not. Whether the hardware or hardware/software combination was too close or not. Basically whether you think there is any merit in the accusations of copying (as opposed to the lawsuits and patent disputes). I view those as questions as distinctly different questions.
So now you have answered half the question, sort of. You think there are similarities. No surprise there. But the basic question remains - "do you think Samsung copied Apple"? - not "should Apple have been granted those rights"? I'm still curious, but coming to the realization that you don't want to answer that one. No problem.
I'm with you to some extent on the over-broadness of the rights. However, if Apple believe, as obviously they do, that Samsung copied Apple's products to an unreasonable degree in order to try to capitalize on some of Apple's success, it would probably be foolish of them, if not downright negligent, as a publicly traded company, not to use the legal avenues that are open to them to protect their product identities. Different issue.
Originally Posted by DaHarder
Given that I'd essentially addressed your various inquiries throughout this thread/article, I simply felt no need to reiterate every single point simply because you failed to do your own research.
Of anyone on AI, I am likely the least 'closed minded' of them all as I do own/use/appreciate dozens-upon-dozens of Apple products but in no, way, shape or form conform the the 'Cult of Apple' mentality so pervasive on Apple sites which dictates that no unkind word be spoken of their 'beloved' Apple - even when warranted.
My answer is what it is, and I stand behind it 100%... e.g. Yes, there are similarities between all of these touch-screen devices, and NO - Apple should never have been granted rights to such general/generic design elements in the first place.
If those responses are not to your liking... TOUGH! The world does not revolve around your every thought, and belief on these matters - No matter how much you (subtly) try to denigrate and belittle said responses.