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Apple Vs. Samsung - August 28th 2012, 10:22 AM

http://uk.finance.yahoo.com/news/sam...072410657.html

Apple's not doing itself any favours in my opinion. Do they really think they can rise anywhere near to being the one and only technology company and run a monopoly, even if it's just limited to one country like the US?

Even if they manage to somehow achieve a monopoly in the US, it'l be near impossible to maintain with the internet. Foreign products can be EASILY bought and shipped in from abroad.

Plus Apple is just getting more hatred from a lot of consumers over this. I'm not buying any more I-Pods for sure.


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Re: Apple Vs. Samsung - August 28th 2012, 10:41 AM

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Apple's not doing itself any favours in my opinion. Do they really think they can rise anywhere near to being the one and only technology company and run a monopoly, even if it's just limited to one country like the US?

Even if they manage to somehow achieve a monopoly in the US, it'l be near impossible to maintain with the internet. Foreign products can be EASILY bought and shipped in from abroad.

Plus Apple is just getting more hatred from a lot of consumers over this. I'm not buying any more I-Pods for sure.
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Companies are legally obligated to defend patents and trademarks. If they don't - they can lose that patent or trademark. This is why Ford took Ferrari to court over a proposed new Ferrari model called the F150. The F150 'name' is trademarked by Ford for its pick-up trucks. IF Ford didn't take Ferrari to court - the trademark office could interpret that to mean that Ford no longer cares about the trademark - and take it from them - allowing anyone [Like Ferrari] to assume 'ownership' of the name.

Apple had no choice BUT to take Samsung to court. Companies can not allow so much as one domino to fall when to patents, etc.

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Re: Apple Vs. Samsung - August 28th 2012, 10:57 AM

Who cares. They're rich, fun and innovative. If they want to rule the world then let them, I'd rather witness them running any type of monopoly than say, Google (Skynet for sure). I'm sure Samsung will deal just fine with the Asian market and if they don't then lesson learned; don't copy others. But besides, the Internet isn't a competitor to Apple, if people want to purchase specific goods, they will find a way and make it happen and given that Samsung possibly won't compete in the US market at least after this, what has Apple got to lose?. They have a right to protect their business, Samsung infringed a law, but more than that, they crushed any respect their was between the two companies. I also find it amusing that even though some of Apple's overseas factories have some of the harshest work conditions in the industry, you're only just now deciding to boycott their products? lol. But, then again, why would you need to own 2 iPods?
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Re: Apple Vs. Samsung - August 28th 2012, 03:17 PM

Apple are just an arsehole company.
Apple copy loads of features from other companies but apple puts patents on every single little thing, because they're that scared of the opposition, then trys to sue every company they can. I swear if it's not Samsung they're suing it's HTC...

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Re: Apple Vs. Samsung - August 28th 2012, 04:45 PM

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Hi BDF!

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Companies are legally obligated to defend patents and trademarks. If they don't - they can lose that patent or trademark. This is why Ford took Ferrari to court over a proposed new Ferrari model called the F150. The F150 'name' is trademarked by Ford for its pick-up trucks. IF Ford didn't take Ferrari to court - the trademark office could interpret that to mean that Ford no longer cares about the trademark - and take it from them - allowing anyone [Like Ferrari] to assume 'ownership' of the name.

Apple had no choice BUT to take Samsung to court. Companies can not allow so much as one domino to fall when to patents, etc.

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You are correct insofar as a company needs to take some identifiable form of action to show they are still using the trademark - however, that need not be ligitation. Had they entered into negotiation with Samsung and other such companies and come to a licensing agreement over the use of said patents (as, indeed, the judge in the U.S. case asked them to prior to closing arguments), that would also count as enforcing ownership. The fact that Apple are instead engaging in a form of "forum shopping" seeking to ban all competitor Android-based products in various jurisdictions suggests that their motive is ulterior and somewhat less salubrious - hence why, like others, I disapprove of it entirely and feel it is bordering on anti-competitive practice. Hence, I will not buy any Apple products so long as this course of action is undertaken.

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Who cares. They're rich, fun and innovative. If they want to rule the world then let them, I'd rather witness them running any type of monopoly than say, Google (Skynet for sure). I'm sure Samsung will deal just fine with the Asian market and if they don't then lesson learned; don't copy others. But besides, the Internet isn't a competitor to Apple, if people want to purchase specific goods, they will find a way and make it happen and given that Samsung possibly won't compete in the US market at least after this, what has Apple got to lose?. They have a right to protect their business, Samsung infringed a law, but more than that, they crushed any respect their was between the two companies. I also find it amusing that even though some of Apple's overseas factories have some of the harshest work conditions in the industry, you're only just now deciding to boycott their products? lol. But, then again, why would you need to own 2 iPods?
ANY company having a monopoly position - irrespective of how "fun" they may appear - is a bad deal for consumers. That's why the European Commission took Microsoft to court (twice) over their dominant position with Windows (and won, incidentally), and it's why cases such as these - based on patents of somewhat spurious merit, it should be said - set a worrying precedent. Especially in light of the late Steve Jobs' self-professed "thermonuclear war" against competitors using Android - that suggests consumers' interests are frankly of no interest to Apple, and that is not a position to be advocating. As for what Apple stands to lose, I would say their reputation and sales are two good contenders.


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Re: Apple Vs. Samsung - August 28th 2012, 04:46 PM

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Who cares. They're rich, fun and innovative. If they want to rule the world then let them, I'd rather witness them running any type of monopoly than say, Google (Skynet for sure). I'm sure Samsung will deal just fine with the Asian market and if they don't then lesson learned; don't copy others. But besides, the Internet isn't a competitor to Apple, if people want to purchase specific goods, they will find a way and make it happen and given that Samsung possibly won't compete in the US market at least after this, what has Apple got to lose?. They have a right to protect their business, Samsung infringed a law, but more than that, they crushed any respect their was between the two companies. I also find it amusing that even though some of Apple's overseas factories have some of the harshest work conditions in the industry, you're only just now deciding to boycott their products? lol. But, then again, why would you need to own 2 iPods?
You wouldn't say that if you knew what a "monopoly" means. Nobody should be allowed to run a monopoly in any large-scale industry. You'l see the same products costing twice as much suddenly.

Why would anyone "need" to own even 1 I-Pod???

I happened to get my first I-Pod something like 7 years ago I think. Since then I've bought and sold quite a few at a profit, taking them from the UK to Eastern Europe because where a certain model would cost maybe £160 in the UK in bulk, it could sell fast at £200 overseas. That's why I would own 2 or more I-Pods. Usually a lot more than 2. Just fyi.

And it so happens to be common knowledge that apple has the "harshest working conditions"? What if I didn't know? What if I don't care? What if I do? It's irrelevant.

To be honest most of your post was stupid. Either stupid assumptions or stupid arguments. Perhaps you're trolling but I can't tell.


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Re: Apple Vs. Samsung - August 28th 2012, 06:21 PM

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You are correct insofar as a company needs to take some identifiable form of action to show they are still using the trademark - however, that need not be litigation. Had they entered into negotiation with Samsung and other such companies and come to a licensing agreement over the use of said patents (as, indeed, the judge in the U.S. case asked them to prior to closing arguments), that would also count as enforcing ownership. The fact that Apple are instead engaging in a form of "forum shopping" seeking to ban all competitor Android-based products in various jurisdictions suggests that their motive is ulterior and somewhat less salubrious - hence why, like others, I disapprove of it entirely and feel it is bordering on anti-competitive practice. Hence, I will not buy any Apple products so long as this course of action is undertaken.

ANY company having a monopoly position - irrespective of how "fun" they may appear - is a bad deal for consumers. That's why the European Commission took Microsoft to court (twice) over their dominant position with Windows (and won, incidentally), and it's why cases such as these - based on patents of somewhat spurious merit, it should be said - set a worrying precedent. Especially in light of the late Steve Jobs' self-professed "thermonuclear war" against competitors using Android - that suggests consumers' interests are frankly of no interest to Apple, and that is not a position to be advocating. As for what Apple stands to lose, I would say their reputation and sales are two good contenders.
This, 100%, all of it.

Didn't Steve Jobs say he was more than willing to spend $50 billion to defeat Google/Android? I mean sure, he was probably just bluffing...or not. He died before this question was ever answered, but something tells me that, given Jobs' extreme arrogance and egomania, it definitely would've been incredibly nasty. The market in its current state is choked by patent wars and lack of real innovation from anyone. Everyone is either tied up in lawsuits, or simply cannot compete because their competitors own all the valuable patents that start-ups cannot afford to license, in which case the patent system functions as an iron-clad barrier to entry.

In my opinion, the length and scope of most software patents and patents concerning "universal" design concepts like phones and computers, need to be severely trimmed down or even eliminated altogether. Apple in particular have become far too large and influential for anyone's good.


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Re: Apple Vs. Samsung - August 28th 2012, 07:16 PM

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This, 100%, all of it.

Didn't Steve Jobs say he was more than willing to spend $50 billion to defeat Google/Android? I mean sure, he was probably just bluffing...or not. He died before this question was ever answered, but something tells me that, given Jobs' extreme arrogance and egomania, it definitely would've been incredibly nasty. The market in its current state is choked by patent wars and lack of real innovation from anyone. Everyone is either tied up in lawsuits, or simply cannot compete because their competitors own all the valuable patents that start-ups cannot afford to license, in which case the patent system functions as an iron-clad barrier to entry.

In my opinion, the length and scope of most software patents and patents concerning "universal" design concepts like phones and computers, need to be severely trimmed down or even eliminated altogether. Apple in particular have become far too large and influential for anyone's good.
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Re: Apple Vs. Samsung - August 28th 2012, 07:27 PM

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Get your Cyanide laced Kool-Aid everyone, end of the world's coming.

You and I have officially agreed on something.
Good God, that means I've agreed with you on something as well...


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Re: Apple Vs. Samsung - August 28th 2012, 07:47 PM

The precedent this case sets is what I personally find most interesting.


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Re: Apple Vs. Samsung - August 29th 2012, 08:45 PM

Im not even bothering to read everything thats been said already. Im too lazy
But I will throw in my own opinion:

Apple is a horrible company. I have a passionate hatred towards them and whether or not I have a lot of rational reasons for it, I really do hate them. Im not sure who from Google said this, but it was someone important. His statement went something along the lines of 'anything that is a basic feature of technology shouldnt be allowed to be patented'. Rectangular devices with rounded corners? Seriously? Samsung has to pay $300,000,000-$1bil because theyre devices have ROUNDED CORNERS? *GASP* that is SO copying the iPhone, right? -__- Such bull.
Although I am very frustrated about Apple winning, I read a great article (which I will link in a moment) that says this is more of a win for Samsung. Samsung generates $1 billion in revenue every 2.4 days. So its not that huge of a deal for Samsung to pay this kind of money to Apple. The win for them is publicity. Being dubbed as "copiers of iPhone" isnt that bad because Samsung devices are half the price, and run Android (which as you all should know, is much better than iOS). Now I go and search for iPhones on Google and guess what comes up? A Samsung smartphone. Hmph, this DOES look awfully like an iPhone... and it has great specs... and whoa, its pretty cheap too!
So really this thing is just great publicity for Samsung.
Heres the article: http://gigaom.com/2012/08/25/counter...erge-a-winner/
This "win" for apple just means that we're gonna end up with sharp pointy smartphones that can be used as weapons, or spending ridiculous amounts of money on iPhones
As people from Samsung have been saying since the jury announced Apple the victor, 'We are going to end up with less creative and innovative smartphones, and higher price tags'


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Re: Apple Vs. Samsung - August 29th 2012, 08:51 PM

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I'm not sure who from Google said this, but it was someone important. His statement went something along the lines of 'anything that is a basic feature of technology shouldn't be allowed to be patented'. Rectangular devices with rounded corners? Seriously? Samsung has to pay $300,000,000-$1bil because they're devices have ROUNDED CORNERS? *GASP* that is SO copying the iPhone, right? -__- Such bull.
That's what I was saying in an earlier post. The things they're suing over are so general and universal that they might as well just go all-out and try to claim that any phone, by virtue of being a phone, is a copy of the iPhone.

Adding further irony to the mix: Supposed "copies" of Apple products won't harm Apple's business whatsoever. Apple's popularity and success have nothing to do with rounded corners, or any design element at all. They could slap an Apple logo on a turd, call it "the revolutionary, magical, innovative iTurd", sell it for $2,999 and Apple fanboys would snap it up. Their popularity stems solely from their established brand reputation amongst their consumerist fan base.


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Re: Apple Vs. Samsung - August 29th 2012, 11:43 PM

Well, let's be fair. Apple knows how to make a fine product, and time it well. The iPhone 3GS is currently up to par with the 4S in terms of firmware. How many other companies are supporting phones from 2009? Their laptops and desktops, while much pricier, also have a longer shelf life than their Windows counterparts. I know plenty of people still using pre unibody Macbooks that are just as functional as they were day one.

No one ever affords Apple an objective look. It's either mindless butthurt anti-Apple fanboyism (as exhibited 2 posts up) or senseless adoration.


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Well, let's be fair. Apple knows how to make a fine product, and time it well. The iPhone 3GS is currently up to par with the 4S in terms of firmware. How many other companies are supporting phones from 2009?
Apple is also the master of artificial obsolescence. They might be able to boast that they have this or that OS version number running on an older model, but a closer look reveals that they have purposely limited many features in the hopes of forcing the user to upgrade and give them more money. Users can install these features using a jailbreak method and have them work fine, despite Apple's claims that there was some underlying hardware limitation. See: multitasking, Siri, etc.

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This is an oft-stated claim but I have yet to see any actual evidence that points to Macs being empirically more reliable than PCs. Macs are manufactured in the same Foxconn facilities that are also used by Dell, Lenovo, HP, ASUS, and the rest, so at the very most they should all be equally reliable.

Or, if by "longer shelf life" you are referring to a Mac staying faster for longer, this is also a stretch if not outright false. Speaking in terms of specs, Macs are simply PCs running a different OS. A Mac with an i3-2100 CPU, HD 2000 GPU, 4GB of 1333 DDR3 memory and a 1TB Western Digital hard drive will perform *identically* to a PC with the same specs, and vice versa. There is nothing exclusive to Macs that makes them magically faster or less prone to obsolescence. Take a PC, cram it into a narrow enclosure, put an Apple logo on it, sell it for $1,000 above the cost of the actual components and bam, you've got a Mac.

Apple's design specifications tend to take the route of "form over function." They sacrifice adequate ventilation in their desktops and notebooks in favour of thinness. It's pretty common knowledge that Macs run very hot. My mom's iMac idles between 60 and 70 °C, as did the unibody MacBook Pro that I used to own. When I would do anything resource-intensive like video transcoding, it would quickly jump to 83 °C or even higher. A friend of mine uses several 2011-model iMacs at his church for running the sound and lighting system, and they all hit 85 °C under load frequently.

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I know plenty of people still using pre unibody Macbooks that are just as functional as they were day one.
I fail to see how this is significant or exclusive to Apple. I have a ThinkPad from 2007 (around the same age) and it's also just as functional as it was day one. The keys are a bit worn down and there is the usual wear and tear you'd expect from an older laptop, but it still works great. Hell, I also have a Dell Dimension desktop from 2002 sporting a 2.6 GHz Pentium 4, 2GB of RAM and a 128MB AGP video card that runs Windows 7 great, including Aero desktop.

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No one ever affords Apple an objective look. It's either mindless butthurt anti-Apple fanboyism (as exhibited 2 posts up) or senseless adoration.
I take issue with your summation of my post as "mindless butthurt anti-Apple fanboyism." Might as well call Richard Dawkins a "mindless butthurt anti-Jesus atheist" because he levels criticism at religion.


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Re: Apple Vs. Samsung - August 30th 2012, 11:54 AM

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I take issue with your summation of my post as "mindless butthurt anti-Apple fanboyism." Might as well call Richard Dawkins a "mindless butthurt anti-Jesus atheist" because he levels criticism at religion.
He wasn't actually referring to you. You thinking that he was referring to you however triggered a very informed and useful response so I don't mind. I don't usually spare all these technical things much thought, but it's useful knowing a little bit. I've always picked on the general image of apple... which like you said is entirely based on an "established brand reputation amongst a consumerist fan base". I personally summarize it as "designer label hype" which only fools usually buy into. I do not get the point of paying £2,000 for almost the same thing which you can get for £1,000 in an average store, £500 off the street, and about £150 to £300 from China (although the Chinese "copies" are remarkably less reliable, from personal experience). The only major difference between products being the logo.

Apple's present huge image mostly stems mostly from their creation of the I-Pod about 10 to 12 years ago. I think the first model came out in 2000, but I don't remember very well. Since then it's essentially same products with different looks and otherwise little real innovation. Why? Because there's no need for them to exert the effort into R&D whilst they're still making a lot of money from existing models and technology. Tablet computers and touch screens have been around for a lot longer than Apple would probably like people to think.

As for features being withheld on the pretence that there are underlying hardware issues... it's a typical market strategy that reveals itself in various forms almost everywhere. One example, right now in Poland there's an issue that if you pay maybe £20 worth of minutes on pay-as-you-go, you have a fixed term (usually a year at most) within you have to spend it, or you lose it and even have your number shut down. Competition is fixed between the network providers, some of which (such as Orange) stem from Western economies where these problems don't exist to my knowledge anyway. It's a method of squeezing the last piece of dry shit out of consumers. The economy in Poland is nowhere near as developed as in Western countries, hence why this specific problem exists; the competition hasn't been around for long enough to cut this bullshit practice out and provide an honest service to customers.

The same problem exists with Apple because they're too big and are basically making up their own rules. No problem with being big, but I think they are also being irresponsible. They work for their own private interests, that's understandable from any business. I think it's governments' job to regulate this kind of shit from getting out of control for the sake of the public. It's not that bad yet though. Still plenty of competition from Samsung, Microsoft, Google, HTC, even Linux lol.


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Re: Apple Vs. Samsung - August 30th 2012, 03:28 PM

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Re: Apple Vs. Samsung - August 30th 2012, 03:44 PM

I have to agree with Toz.

Apple makes a good product. I'll compare and contrast. I don't know who here has an android. But I've had nothing but problems with that phone. It froze all the time, glitched, broke, etc. I've had it replaced twice in a year period! I now have an iphone 3GS, and it's already heaps better, despite it being an older model. It never freezes, or glitches. If Apple keeping going that way it is, they'll become more powerful. Practically every person I know owns an iphone. A lot of people are switching over to macs if they don't already have one. And it seems like everyone has a freaking ipod. You see apple products all over.

They be working out of their own interests, and possibly irresponsibly, but they're bigger, making more money, etc. They can AFFORD to do that. And why does it matter if they're working out of their own interest? How does that effect me? I still have a good phone that I like.

Apple is playing hard ball with Samsung because they know they can. Whether or not they take over the US, is beyond me? But if everyone is buying Apple products, and Samsung is slowly going on the back burner, then there isn't much Samsung can do.

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Re: Apple Vs. Samsung - August 30th 2012, 04:32 PM

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I have to agree with Toz.

Apple makes a good product. I'll compare and contrast. I don't know who here has an android. But I've had nothing but problems with that phone. It froze all the time, glitched, broke, etc. I've had it replaced twice in a year period! I now have an iphone 3GS, and it's already heaps better, despite it being an older model. It never freezes, or glitches. If Apple keeping going that way it is, they'll become more powerful. Practically every person I know owns an iphone. A lot of people are switching over to macs if they don't already have one. And it seems like everyone has a freaking ipod. You see apple products all over.

They be working out of their own interests, and possibly irresponsibly, but they're bigger, making more money, etc. They can AFFORD to do that. And why does it matter if they're working out of their own interest? How does that effect me? I still have a good phone that I like.

Apple is playing hard ball with Samsung because they know they can. Whether or not they take over the US, is beyond me? But if everyone is buying Apple products, and Samsung is slowly going on the back burner, then there isn't much Samsung can do.

Or maybe I'm just an idiot who has NO idea what I'm talking about.
If you don't mind, what was this Android phone you had? I've been using android phones for the past three years and I've never had any problems (that weren't easily solvable, but that happens with everything).

What you've got to remember is that the android system runs on hundreds of different phones whereas apple have their system on about three or four different phones so looking at the numbers it's going to be obvious that some android phones have some problems. You also have to look at the fact that android phones start from a cost of <£100 whereas apple phones start from a cost of >£500. That's five times as much. It's a massive problem when people compare a £100 android phone to a £550 because it's obvious that the iPhone will be better. It'd be like comparing a Ford Focus to a Ferrari
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Re: Apple Vs. Samsung - August 30th 2012, 06:26 PM

I read somewhere that like 90% of patent claims are software or tech hardware related. To me, the inadequacy of the patent system seems like an issue that Apple just took advantage of. Even Steve Jobs joked that Apple ripped off previous technologies.

Android still owns the majority of the smartphone market, and I'm pretty sure this will be tied up in appeals for years, so it's not like this is Apple taking over the world. I don't know the demographics, but it seems to me like the largest apple fanboys are upper middle class college age hipsters who just make a louder noise than everyone else.
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Re: Apple Vs. Samsung - August 30th 2012, 06:52 PM

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I'll compare and contrast. I don't know who here has an android. But I've had nothing but problems with that phone. It froze all the time, glitched, broke, etc. I've had it replaced twice in a year period!
For the reasons Boobies mentioned, this is an unfair comparison to make. There is only one model of iPhone with each generation, whereas Android is an operating system that runs on literally hundreds of different devices. Your experience with one specific phone is hardly representative of all the hundreds of Android phones out there. Not to mention, any phone is capable of the problems you described, including iPhones. There was a story in the news not too long ago about a guy whose 4S started smoking in his pocket, and he threw it on the ground right before it started burning. This was captured on a CCTV camera and posted on the Internet. Although this did actually happen, obviously not everyone's iPhone is going to start burning and smoldering, so it would be unfair of me to suggest that because of this one single incident, that iPhones in general must be prone to catching fire.

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I now have an iphone 3GS, and it's already heaps better, despite it being an older model. It never freezes, or glitches.
This is, unfortunately, nothing more than anecdotal evidence. I realise there have been a lot of those in this thread, however, in my previous post I was invoking an anecdote to counter an anecdote by Toz in order to prove a point, which was that everyone's experiences are different and no single personal experience is representative of everyone. I know people whose 3Gs's and even newer 4s's freeze and glitch frequently. See what I'm getting at?

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If Apple keeping going that way it is, they'll become more powerful. Practically every person I know owns an iphone. A lot of people are switching over to macs if they don't already have one. And it seems like everyone has a freaking ipod. You see apple products all over.

They be working out of their own interests, and possibly irresponsibly, but they're bigger, making more money, etc. They can AFFORD to do that. And why does it matter if they're working out of their own interest? How does that effect me? I still have a good phone that I like.

Apple is playing hard ball with Samsung because they know they can. Whether or not they take over the US, is beyond me? But if everyone is buying Apple products, and Samsung is slowly going on the back burner, then there isn't much Samsung can do.
The problem with this is that when one company dominates any given market it becomes a monopoly or near-monopoly, and this has the effect of choking off competition. This is bad for everyone because it severely reduces the number of choices that consumers have when they go shopping for phones or whatever device. I might want an Android phone, you might want an iPhone, but we both should be presented with a wide array of choices when we go looking for a new phone. An Apple monopoly would lead to fewer choices and higher prices. It does affect you, and it's something you should care about.

Another problem with companies or corporations that grow too large and too influential is that they *will* abuse their power and take advantage of consumers, their employees and even start to influence politics to benefit themselves. This is why companies should be regulated so they don't become too large and power-hungry.


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Re: Apple Vs. Samsung - August 30th 2012, 06:54 PM

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I have to agree with Toz.

Apple makes a good product. I'll compare and contrast. I don't know who here has an android. But I've had nothing but problems with that phone. It froze all the time, glitched, broke, etc. I've had it replaced twice in a year period! I now have an iphone 3GS, and it's already heaps better, despite it being an older model. It never freezes, or glitches. If Apple keeping going that way it is, they'll become more powerful. Practically every person I know owns an iphone. A lot of people are switching over to macs if they don't already have one. And it seems like everyone has a freaking ipod. You see apple products all over.

They be working out of their own interests, and possibly irresponsibly, but they're bigger, making more money, etc. They can AFFORD to do that. And why does it matter if they're working out of their own interest? How does that effect me? I still have a good phone that I like.

Apple is playing hard ball with Samsung because they know they can. Whether or not they take over the US, is beyond me? But if everyone is buying Apple products, and Samsung is slowly going on the back burner, then there isn't much Samsung can do.

Or maybe I'm just an idiot who has NO idea what I'm talking about.
I dont know what kind of Android phone you were using but it must have been a really junky one. If you buy smart (Samsung, HTC, i guess some LG phones, etc.) then you will never end up with those problems.

I dont believe Apple will ever take over the US. This past year, Android was the dominant phone and despite Apples cult with iPhones, I think (and hope) it will stay this way and that Android will only grow. Samsung is definitely NOT "going on the back burner", in fact I think that over the past year theyve taken a huge turn. They were falling behind but now that theyve "copied" Apple (cause Apple apparently owns the rights to freaking ROUNDED CORNERS) they are the #2 smartphone company and I dont believe they are going to fall from that position easily.


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Re: Apple Vs. Samsung - August 30th 2012, 07:00 PM

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The problem with this is that when one company dominates any given market it becomes a monopoly or near-monopoly, and this has the effect of choking off competition. This is bad for everyone because it severely reduces the number of choices that consumers have when they go shopping for phones or whatever device. I might want an Android phone, you might want an iPhone, but we both should be presented with a wide array of choices when we go looking for a new phone. An Apple monopoly would lead to fewer choices and higher prices. It does affect you, and it's something you should care about.

Another problem with companies that grow too large and too influential is that they *will* abuse their power and take advantage of consumers, their employees and even influence politics, to benefit themselves. This is why companies should be regulated so they don't become too large and power-hungry.
This is 100% true. The fact that Apple owns the rights to any rectangular device with rounded corners (I know I know, I keep mentioning this same thing) means that no other phone manufacturing company can make a rectangular phone with rounded corners. We're gonna see much less variety in phones, and if you want some basic feature that Apple has a patent for, you have to pay the ridiculous price tag for an iPhone.

Also, despite Googles size and revenue, they arent at all like Apple in terms of being power and money hungry. Every company is out to make money. But Google gives out its Android OS for FREE to phone companies, so Google doesnt really have that same money crazy appearance as Apple who overprices for their products.


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Re: Apple Vs. Samsung - August 30th 2012, 08:16 PM

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Also, despite Googles size and revenue, they arent at all like Apple in terms of being power and money hungry. Every company is out to make money. But Google gives out its Android OS for FREE to phone companies, so Google doesnt really have that same money crazy appearance as Apple who overprices for their products.
I disagree. Although I agree with Google that general concepts shouldn't be allowed to be patented, you have to remember that Google is notorious for gathering personal information on people and going as far as invading privacy in order to mine data on users and their habits. Google's bottom line is primarily the delivery of ads, meaning that they are willing to walk over the privacy of their users in order to garner ad revenue. And they get a ton of ad revenue. So in some ways, Google is every bit as greedy as Apple is, they just go about acquiring their money in different ways.

In 2008, Google bought out another ad-delivery company and competitor called DoubleClick. This is something they shouldn't have been allowed to do, but unfortunately it happens a lot. Corporations often try to eliminate their competition in any way that they can, but for some reason, although scandals like price-fixing and patent trolling are considered anti-competitive, buyouts are generally seen as legitimate. Makes no sense.


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Re: Apple Vs. Samsung - August 30th 2012, 08:25 PM

I dont know much about these buy out things, but they arent FORCED, are they? I mean the people at DoubleClick had the right to decline the deal I assume...

In terms of Google and theyre notorious privacy invasions. Honestly, i couldnt care less. Ok, so they have a bot searching through my emails finding key words so that they can put out personalized ads. I dont mind that. sometimes its even handy for me. Its not like theyre selling this information to creepers and other companies and stuff. Theyre using it for something that benefits everyone.

And yes, Google is out to make money. But as I said, they dont have the same appearance as Apple. And theres rarely a company that isnt out to get money...


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I dont know much about these buy out things, but they arent FORCED, are they? I mean the people at DoubleClick had the right to decline the deal I assume...
Definitely not forced, but that doesn't matter. The point is that corporations shouldn't be allowed to eliminate their competition, because it's bad for the rest of us. A free market cannot exist when there is no competition. And corporations generally don't want competition because they earn less money.

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In terms of Google and theyre notorious privacy invasions. Honestly, i couldnt care less.
But many other people do. Would you care if Apple did it? Something tells me you would.

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Ok, so they have a bot searching through my emails finding key words so that they can put out personalized ads. I dont mind that. sometimes its even handy for me. Its not like theyre selling this information to creepers and other companies and stuff. Theyre using it for something that benefits everyone.
How do you know they aren't doing anything with your data that they shouldn't be? It's a slippery slope that quickly gets ugly. Are you familiar with the scope of the Patriot Act and the powers it gave to government agencies? Google keeping all that data on you is easy pickings for the government if they decide that they want to take a look at it. I hate to sound like a conspiracy theorist, but it's a valid concern. (Side note: I don't know if you live in the US or not, but I'm assuming you do unless you mention otherwise )

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And yes, Google is out to make money. But as I said, they dont have the same appearance as Apple. And theres rarely a company that isnt out to get money...
And what difference does it make what "appearance" they have if they both behave the same in practice?


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Re: Apple Vs. Samsung - August 30th 2012, 10:34 PM

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Another problem with companies or corporations that grow too large and too influential is that they *will* abuse their power and take advantage of consumers, their employees and even start to influence politics to benefit themselves. This is why companies should be regulated so they don't become too large and power-hungry.
That's where I think the roots of the problem with the current recession stem from. At some point in the US a decade or two ago, or maybe even three decades ago, banks were almost entirely deregulated. Whether this was done as a result of a bribe, negligence, connections or ass kissing is unclear. It was almost certainly done for money, as it allowed the banking industry a lot more freedom than was reasonable. Now you regularly hear of some unknown individual with billions upon billions of £ or $. Where did they come from? They're not taking risks with their own money, but other people's money, and if they fuck up they're either insured against small losses, or go bankrupt and get governments to bail them out at the public's expense. They can't loose in a position like that.

Then the disease spread to other countries, naturally, because the USA had the largest economy in the world with which almost every other was connected.

An example of what "too much power" in the wrong hands can escalate to. Personally I think the specific individuals responsible for deregulating the banks should be fucking shot in the kneecaps and left to bleed to death.


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That's where I think the roots of the problem with the current recession stem from. At some point in the US a decade or two ago, or maybe even three decades ago, banks were almost entirely deregulated. Whether this was done as a result of a bribe, negligence, connections or ass kissing is unclear. It was almost certainly done for money, as it allowed the banking industry a lot more freedom than was reasonable. Now you regularly hear of some unknown individual with billions upon billions of £ or $. Where did they come from? They're not taking risks with their own money, but other people's money, and if they fuck up they're either insured against small losses, or go bankrupt and get governments to bail them out at the public's expense. They can't loose in a position like that.

Then the disease spread to other countries, naturally, because the USA had the largest economy in the world with which almost every other was connected.

An example of what "too much power" in the wrong hands can escalate to. Personally I think the specific individuals responsible for deregulating the banks should be fucking shot in the kneecaps and left to bleed to death.
U.S. Banks lately are firing thousands of people in fear of penalties from strict and complicated government regulation. But hey, at least people are being saved from themselves and from accepting mortgage terms they can't afford...

Its not as simple as the typical liberal talking point "more regulations" but the type of system. A survey conducted by the World Economic Forum, concluded that Canada has the best banking system in the world, receiving a score of 6.8 out of possible 7. We have a simplified regulatory system.

We have no Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac promoting "affordable housing" through guarantees or purchases of high-risk loans. The banks own the mortgages instead of selling them off. Mortgage interest is not tax deductible. its harder to qualify for a mortgage, and if a down payment is less than 20% of the value of a home, the mortgage holder must purchase mortgage insurance. So you can't have an idiot buy with a 3% down payment freely like you can in the US. Plus in the US you can walk away from a mortgage...in Canada you are responsible under all circumstances. And yet it's not any more regulated than the US, or more government involvement - it's just a streamlined system with less legislation tying the hands of lenders and more responsibility on the buyers. Efficiency ftw. /end rant

Monopolies and shitty business tactics are another story though...but that's been going on since Tesla and Edison, Beta and VHS, Apple and Microsoft. The world is forced fed a vastly inferior #2 product by muscling the #1 guy out and taking him to court in almost every fucking state in America (in apple and samsungs case, almost every county). I don't know what solves it, but it's a flaw in the free market that's for sure...
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Re: Apple Vs. Samsung - August 31st 2012, 09:22 AM

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U.S. Banks lately are firing thousands of people in fear of penalties from strict and complicated government regulation. But hey, at least people are being saved from themselves and from accepting mortgage terms they can't afford...

Its not as simple as the typical liberal talking point "more regulations" but the type of system. A survey conducted by the World Economic Forum, concluded that Canada has the best banking system in the world, receiving a score of 6.8 out of possible 7. We have a simplified regulatory system.

We have no Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac promoting "affordable housing" through guarantees or purchases of high-risk loans. The banks own the mortgages instead of selling them off. Mortgage interest is not tax deductible. its harder to qualify for a mortgage, and if a down payment is less than 20% of the value of a home, the mortgage holder must purchase mortgage insurance. So you can't have an idiot buy with a 3% down payment freely like you can in the US. Plus in the US you can walk away from a mortgage...in Canada you are responsible under all circumstances. And yet it's not any more regulated than the US, or more government involvement - it's just a streamlined system with less legislation tying the hands of lenders and more responsibility on the buyers. Efficiency ftw.
I think that's more like what I was thinking. I don't remember the details or the source of my previous post. It was some TV documentary. It was explicitly stated that there were specific individuals implicated in some form of "deregulation". It's a shame I don't remember more.

It's obvious that messy and thoughtless regulation is trumped by efficient, well organised regulation.


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Citation needed? I'm curious to know the details surrounding these mysterious "strict and complicated" regulations, what they are in place for, and in what ways it can be unequivocally demonstrated that they are the direct cause of mass layoffs.

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It's far more complex than that.

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Its not as simple as the typical liberal talking point "more regulations" but the type of system.

A survey conducted by the World Economic Forum, concluded that Canada has the best banking system in the world, receiving a score of 6.8 out of possible 7. We have a simplified regulatory system.
But it is nevertheless regulated. You must understand that when we're at a starting point of few if any real, effective regulatory measures, any changes in policy will naturally result in "more regulation" than was present at the beginning. Alternatively, in scenarios where regulation already exists but is said to be in need of reform by policymakers, one should not confuse new regulation with "more" regulation.

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We have no Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac promoting "affordable housing" through guarantees or purchases of high-risk loans. The banks own the mortgages instead of selling them off. Mortgage interest is not tax deductible. its harder to qualify for a mortgage, and if a down payment is less than 20% of the value of a home, the mortgage holder must purchase mortgage insurance. So you can't have an idiot buy with a 3% down payment freely like you can in the US. Plus in the US you can walk away from a mortgage...in Canada you are responsible under all circumstances.
So basically what I'm gathering from your post is that effective regulations are better than ineffective ones. Well, with all due respect, no shit. Nobody's contesting that. But people who want to bring effective regulations to the table are "typical liberals" who scream for "moar gubmint"? I'm confused.

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And yet it's not any more regulated than the US, or more government involvement - it's just a streamlined system with less legislation tying the hands of lenders and more responsibility on the buyers. Efficiency ftw. /end rant
Now wait a minute. You just listed quite a few restrictions on mortgages that Canada has and the US lacks. Those restrictions were put in place by legislation, a.k.a. regulations. So how does Canada's housing market have "less government involvement" again? If anything, there's more "government involvement" and more regulation than the US has. I don't believe for a second that Canada regulates its lenders less than the US does. Could it be that Canada's success is attributable to regulating their lenders so they aren't handing out high-risk loans to anyone who can dot an "I" and cross a "T"?

The subprime mortgage crisis in the US is directly attributable to lack of government oversight and accountability on the part of lenders. It most certainly was not due to "too much government." I for one am quite curious as to how the supposedly overregulated lender Wells Fargo managed to make $49 billion in profit from 2008 to 2010 while paying absolutely no taxes and even receiving a tax rebate of $681,000,000. Yep, obviously too much government tying their hands.


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Re: Apple Vs. Samsung - August 31st 2012, 06:29 PM

I think there's two distinct cases here.

1) It is quite apparent that Samsung deliberately copied Apple. If you've spent any amount of time looking into this you'll realise how clear that much is. In an argument of "Did Samsung copy Apple?" the answer is "Yes"


2) The second thing which I feel is where the debate should be 'held' (so to speak) is "Did Apple copy others previously?" which would also be a "yes" in my opinion, but the argument in this legal case was not "Did Apple copy others first?" which is, in my opinion, why Samsung lost this case, because they were arguing a point of view nobody was questioning.


And, while I'm not quite sure how the thread managed to drift into a discussion in regulation vs deregulation, I think the ideal system is either complete regulation or complete deregulation. If you completely deregulate then you take away the safety net. In my opinion that is why the Wall Street Crash happened. True, they were deregulated, but the businesses are out to make a profit, so when you tell them they can take as many risks as they want and it doesn't matter because the government will just bail them out, of course they'll take loads of stupid risks. Guess what happened? They didn't pay off and they were bailed out. If they were completely deregulated then that would never have happened because the mindset is still the same "How can I make the maximum possible profit?" but without the safety net they'll take a more risk-averse approach, because if they don't pay off then they're definitely screwed.


Or you could just completely regulate them or nationalise them. That would probably do the same thing because you don't allow them the opportunity to practise immoral business practises or take risky bets. The downside is that you risk stagnation and a lack of innovation. Basically I think you just have to have one extreme or the other if you want to get the best results, but which one you pick is up to you because there are advantages and disadvantages to both.

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Re: Apple Vs. Samsung - August 31st 2012, 06:36 PM

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Citation needed? I'm curious to know the details surrounding these mysterious "strict and complicated" regulations, what they are in place for, and in what ways it can be unequivocally demonstrated that they are the direct cause of mass layoffs.
lol so off topic. My feelings mainly stemmed from this article (faux news maaan) but layoffs are pretty much widespread in the financial sector. And considering the Dodd-Frank bill, where every little thing had to be cross checked with the FDIC, how is it not complicated?
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It's far more complex than that.
When you break it down, ensuring strong consumer protection is pretty much that tbh.
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So basically what I'm gathering from your post is that effective regulations are better than ineffective ones. Well, with all due respect, no shit. Nobody's contesting that. But people who want to bring effective regulations to the table are "typical liberals" who scream for "moar gubmint"? I'm confused.
Nice impersonation. I was wrong though. ACORN picketing and suing banks to provide loans to low credit income families and comply with the Community Reinvestment Act is totally liberals bringing more effective regulations to the table. Same with HUD making Housing GSEs issue mortgages to families under the median income.
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Now wait a minute. You just listed quite a few restrictions on mortgages that Canada has and the US lacks. Those restrictions were put in place by legislation, a.k.a. regulations. So how does Canada's housing market have "less government involvement" again? If anything, there's more "government involvement" and more regulation than the US has. I don't believe for a second that Canada regulates its lenders less than the US does. Could it be that Canada's success is attributable to regulating their lenders so they aren't handing out high-risk loans to anyone who can dot an "I" and cross a "T"?
?... Because in Canada the government isn't in the mortgage business...mortgages are tightly regulated yes, but we don't have massive GSE's (which conveniently contribute millions to candidates or you know, are actually being sued by the SEC). We don't have housing sector laws like the US. That's why I brought up Fannie May and Freddie Mac (or even the CRA I mentioned above).
Again, Americans can walk away from a loan, Canadians are held strictly responsible for their home. It's putting the regulations on the buyers. Believe it or not but nothing in Canadas banking regulations bans lender risk taking. They're just smart enough not to do it just to make a quick profit. We don't really have "more regulations", just better.
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The subprime mortgage crisis in the US is directly attributable to lack of government oversight and accountability on the part of lenders. It most certainly was not due to "too much government." I for one am quite curious as to how the supposedly overregulated lender Wells Fargo managed to make $49 billion in profit from 2008 to 2010 while paying absolutely no taxes and even receiving a tax rebate of $681,000,000. Yep, obviously too much government tying their hands.
Not too much government or over regulation, but government incompetence. And any government incompetence is always too much. Strawman much? What exactly do tax breaks from 4 years ago have to do with subprime mortgages? That's hardly the same thing.
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