I'm responding here to posts in preceding topics on this case. What a mess!Actually, Apple failed to patent the iPod interface because Microsoft got there first! (see here and here). I don't know where Creative think they are coming from with this.
This is surreal. Creative sues Apple for a patent violation, a patent that MS holds. Something smells rotten in Texas, Seattle, Cupertino--in fact all the way to Denmark and on to Singapore and China. The question I'd ask: what's the relationship between Creative and MS. Then, who stands to benefit if Apple falls on its face. Remember, Apple has made Gates look bad. Apple has pissed off Hollywood. Hollywood knows the future is in minature communications devices that can create, transfer and play content (games, videos, photos, music and spoken word. Asia is the world's emerging market. Wall street knows all of this. Despite the illusion, Wall Street hasn't changed. It's still a boys--er mens--club. Follow the money. You may want to sell your Apple stock now. That SC decision
was just too close to call (mind you, I have only read a summation. The fact that patent reform legisltion is deadlocked in congress shows how there's big money lined up on both sides.
PS Mel Gross will know. His wife is a banker.
BTW, I took the liberty of switching the links around. The original post had the AI link first.Besises, Einstein didn't try to file a patent on e = mc^2 either.
That's why he was Einstein. Actually, I suspect he might have filed a copyright. Then again, I'm not a lawyer, so I don't know. This was years ago. Things were different back then.
My understanding is that something like a mathematical equation could be copyrighted. If nothing else as a work of poetry.
If it hasn't been copyrighted, someone's missing out on a whole lot of money. Just rememeber me if you go ahead and do it: 1% of your annual royalties would be fine.Here is John Platt's Home Page. . . at Microsoft.com!
He originally worked at Synaptics, the manufacturer of Apple's Click Wheel. You have to wonder if he patented the idea from knowledge he gained while at Synaptics, or from a previous co-worker depending when he left Synaptics. Something don't smell right!
I was thinking the same thing. MS has a history of stealing other people's ideas. Now it all makes sense, why the industry insiders have never gone with Apple. Gates comes from a powerful Seattle family. I wouldn't be surprised if his roots go back to the American revolution. Wasn't the opposing British general named Gates. That could explain the trek West, AND the schooling at Harvard.
Jobs was an unwanted child. Not only that he's not white; he's a WOG (or worse, a bastard (don't quote me on this) son of a WOG. You're Wall Street, where pedigree is everything. Who you gonna bet on: Jobs or Gates? (Please don't think I'm racist. I'm just calling a spade a spade. It's the way these people think.Anybody that sues Apple (for whatever reason) is a petty idiot no questions asked, but when Apple starts suing random people (websites housing "trade secrets" nonetheless) than it's all well and good.
Gotta love the irony on this one. A patological suer has been slapped with a couple of big ones lately. Ooh, ooh, the horror!
That's the magic of capitalism. The worker sells his time to the company. The company uses that time to make things, which it then sells back to the worker, for more money. The company is owned by shareholders, many of whom never worked a day in their lives. The shareholders use their earnings to buy more companies, to sell more things. Eventually the worker grows old, gets sick and dies. What money he has manage to save is likely used for the expensive care his illness requires. One hundred years ago he was likely to die broke. Today he is likely to die in debt. If he's lucky his descendants will have enough cash left over to bury him. If not, they can take out a loan or charge it.
Becasuse some shareholders do work, all anger is deflected by the statement, "I worked hard. If I did it you can to. If you can't then either there's something wrong with you or you really don't want 'it'." Additonally, because the myth of the self made man still exists (hey, we watch people win the apprenticeship on TV and say, "That can be me"), we all keep playing the game. Well think about this. Donald Trump said last night that the winner of the apprentice came from a pool of 1 million applicants. So, if you really think you have a chance in this system, go for it.
PS I'll give you 5 to one odds that the Bristish guy who won the Apprentice last night knew someone on the inside, or had a friend or family connection. He certainly was better looking. In a world that's become Hollywood, it's all smoke and mirrors!
Oops, I just re-read this post and we're back to the issue of money and power. If I wasn't lazy I'd edit it so it all made sense. I'm going to save it for my blog. I've run out of time.