gatorguy wrote: »
The patent system is a mess but it is the system that is in place to protect people/companies that innovate. Unfortunately, it also protects some who really haven't and needs upgrading to cover things that take place in the modern economy.
That being said, if Apple has truly innovated and others have copied, Apple deserves to be able to call them on it. If you are really being honest and not being beholden to a platform, you would have to admit that Apple with its iOS really came out with a lot of innovations and that is what has been patented in many cases. If others unfairly copy Apple, Apple deserves some sort of remedy.
On the other side, if Apple has copied others that have patented things, then they need to pay as well. If Apple has truly copied something patented in notifications from Android, I would expect the lawsuits to follow.
But it is disingenuous to denigrate the things that Apple has done in the mobile world because it is not your platform of choice or you just don't like Apple.
Not hardly. . .
Nor working for Google.
Nor owning Google stock.
Nor deriving any income from Google directly or indirectly.
Nor having any Google contacts.
Nor having any source of "inside" information about Google.
If there's anything I missed just ask.
Hiding a GUI element to free up screen real estate isn't some new invention.
And yet nobody has ever done it with the scrollbar until Apple came along with the iPhone.
Does anybody know when this feature has been introduced in iOS? Just watched a vide of the iPhone introduction and didn't see those scroll bars.
The earliest version where I've seen it is iOS 2.0, introduced mid 2008.
yes. you've pretty much encapsulated what some people do; this includes enthusiasts from a variety of groups including Apple fans.
in regard to the patent, i agree it's silly but it's been granted (for good or bad). if the situation ever arises, the onus is on Apple to prove a given implementation, at the software level, is a copy in the event of alleged patent infringement.
You're just wrong.
"But the reason patents are especially bad for software is that software isn’t some single invention where you can point to a single new idea. Not at all. All relevant software is a hugely complex set of very detailed rules, and there are millions of small and mostly trivial ideas rather than some single clever idea that can be patented. The worth of the software is not in any of those single small decisions, but in the whole. It’s also distressing to see that people patent ‘ideas’. It’s not even a working “thing”; it’s just a small way of doing things that you try to patent, just to have a weapon in an economic fight. Sad. Patents have lost all redeeming value, if they ever had any. ‘" - Linus Torvalds src http://techledger.wordpress.com/2011/04/05/linus-torvalds-on-patents/
You are quite the critical thinker. Posting other people's words because you have no capacity to develop your own earns you an A+ on the Internet.
Or maybe you wish to imply that because Linus Torvalds is a person of importance in the tech industry that I should just bow to his viewpoint without having one of my own?
But on Android phones, I've seen that you can actually drag the scrollbars before they disappear. This makes it easier to scroll through long pages without endlessly flicking around. Why hasn't Apple made it easier to scroll through long pages on iOS devices?
Bill Gates was a much larger human in the old days. No one can escape the effects of 'shrinkage' due to aging.
Now someone just needs to patent the idea of using a round or square (or rounded square) button to turn on a computer or handheld device.
Or the use of a round hole in the side of a telephone to insert a headphone cable.