Pondlife

As serious as it seems?

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matt101101 / MOD  Apr. 17, 2012 at 01:47

Unlikely, in reality.

Pondlife  Apr. 17, 2012 at 01:54

Yeah I guess the beeb do overegg these things.

matt101101 / MOD  Apr. 17, 2012 at 08:05

I'm not saying Google won't lose, I'm saying that even if they do they'll just pay Oracle to STFU about whatever they're whining about.

jaybear88  Apr. 17, 2012 at 08:37

It would be a nightmare for the open source community if Oracle won this shambles. Java is my language of preference when writing small apps for just about any purpose but this really puts me off.....

matt101101 / MOD  Apr. 17, 2012 at 08:43

I'm sure the Big G's money will make this all go away (if they lose).

jaybear88  Apr. 17, 2012 at 08:48

Google can handle the cash, it's the legal precedent it sets that will be the real issue. Imagine spending years developing a program using an "open" platform then being told that you owe the company that owns the API?!?

matt101101 / MOD  Apr. 17, 2012 at 08:51

Google can handle the cash, it's the legal precedent it sets that will be the real issue. Imagine spending years developing a program using an "open" platform then being told that you owe the company that owns the API?!?
That would be a b*tch...

From what I've read (which obviously doesn't include any kind of legal documents, so it's hard to have a firm opinion), I don't think Google should lose the case, it seems to be Oracle trying to make a quick buck off the success of Android, in all honesty.

jaybear88  Apr. 17, 2012 at 09:06

I honestly think you're right but I really don't have any faith in the American justice system :P The idea of intellectual property, while I can see the purpose, still sickens me. If patents were around since the birth of man, we would still be huddled around in a cave trying to keep warm.

JanSt / MOD  Apr. 17, 2012 at 11:19

I honestly think you're right but I really don't have any faith in the American justice system :P The idea of intellectual property, while I can see the purpose, still sickens me. If patents were around since the birth of man, we would still be huddled around in a cave trying to keep warm.
+1

another problem is created by - erm - mobile phone blogs, who claim in the phone specs=sheets that android phones are java-compatible. Check it out if you don't believe me.
For average consumers who grew up on java dumbphones, that means, Android phones run Java apps. They don't.

Other than that, I don't care about corporations cannibalising one another. The only problem is that, all too often, we are left to pick up the bones.

Also: DDOS attacks are a big theme at the moment - thanks to Anonymous, TeamPoison etc... In real life the closest thing to a distributed denial of service attack is the legal profession flooding the legal system with frivolous motions. Bringing it to a standstill, and incurring costs way beyond the scope of the original trial or threatened suit.

While I disagree that Trick's phonebombing MI6 constitutes "terror" (the balance of power is wrong"), the very professions that are meant to uphold the law using legal "DDOS" to "terrorise" competitors and consumers ...that is a different matter.

jaybear88  Apr. 17, 2012 at 16:44

I really like this interpretation of DDOS Jan ;)

To really draw some real attention to the damage this "poo flinging" is causing, we just have to look at the figures between two companies; a South Korean and a Fruit based one.

In their little court room squabble, they have shelled out $400 million in legal fees. Now that is $400 million that they will be taking out of our pockets when we have to buy their new products. Can you imagine what they could have done with that cash?

When the next iPhone/S3 is released, look at it and think... they could have hired an extra 1500 staff each and used the $50 million left over for materials, leaving us with something special. Then, with whatever pennies are remaining after all that, build around 60 thousand wells (providing water for at least 300 people each) and supply the entire population of North Africa.

http://www.insidesamsung.com/2012/03/30/400-million-legal-fees-apple-samsung-reportedly-discussing-patent-settlement/

JanSt / MOD  Apr. 17, 2012 at 16:48

very interesting

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