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Samsung Employees Conspired To Sell AMOLED Tech; 11 Arrested

timothy posted more than 2 years ago | from the theft-is-intellectual-property dept.

Crime 93

zacharye writes with this snippet from BGR: "Nearly a dozen suspects have been arrested and charged with crimes related to the theft and sale of AMOLED display technology under development at Samsung. Yonhap News Agency on Thursday reported that 11 suspects either currently or formerly employed by Samsung Mobile Display have been arrested. One 46-year-old researcher at Samsung is believed to have accepted a payment of nearly $170,000 from an unnamed 'local rival firm' in exchange for trade secrets pertaining to proprietary Samsung technology used in the company's AMOLED panels..."

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aMOLEd did it (5, Funny)

fotoguzzi (230256) | more than 2 years ago | (#39590523)

Sure of it.

Re:aMOLEd did it (-1)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#39590749)

no it was Steve Jobs who stole it

guess samsung didn't pay their employee well. (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#39590557)

guess samsung didn't pay their employee well.

Re:guess samsung didn't pay their employee well. (1, Insightful)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#39591033)

Also means it's time to invest into Samsung as the competition is placing bounties on their tech.

Re:guess samsung didn't pay their employee well. (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#39593465)

It's not publically traded.

Re:guess samsung didn't pay their employee well. (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#39596639)

I think it's pretty clear at this time that this was a Google and Motorola orchestrated operation. Wouldn't surprise me the least bit if David Drummond and Andy Rubin were directly responsible for this.

--
The Strong Jas!

Re:guess samsung didn't pay their employee well. (2)

Sir_Sri (199544) | more than 2 years ago | (#39591875)

Define "well". 170 grand cash, tax free, is like 4 -5 years salary for a PhD level researcher in south korea (who are about 20-30% lower paid than their US counterparts on a nominal, if not PPP basis).

Even by US standards 170 grand is a lot up front. Remember that they're paying someone to steal it, not paying someone to develop it. It could have been a 500 person job to develop the technology, they're just paying someone who has admin access on the files to make a copy, not even necessarily senior employees.

You would think, with 11 arrests it was a bigger job than one person, but still, 10 people who each work with 50 others can steal a LOT of valuable information.

Who benefits the most? (-1)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#39590631)

Apple have enormous interest in wrenching their over reliance of repackaged tech from Samsung. A local firm, fab'ing up to make Apple screens, memory and storage. Neveeerrrrr!

Re:Who benefits the most? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#39590839)

LG supplies screens to Apple, Samsung supplies processors, I wouldn't be surprised if it was LG that was responsible for this espionage.

Re:Who benefits the most? (1)

Rasperin (1034758) | more than 2 years ago | (#39591079)

Rasperin you're a liar (-1)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#39612765)

Re:Rasperin you're a liar (1)

Rasperin (1034758) | more than 2 years ago | (#39619853)

Anyone's free 2 read these 2 links (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#39622199)

Who's cryin now? What's this -> http://news.slashdot.org/comments.pl?sid=2772023&cid=39621993 [slashdot.org]

and

More importantly, this one (where u 'suddenly' changed stories on where you worked 4 hilton ALLEGEDLY w/ no real proof either):

http://news.slashdot.org/comments.pl?sid=2772023&cid=39621921 [slashdot.org]

* Have fun, good luck, you need it.

---

Oh, lastly?

See this -> http://uptime.netcraft.com/up/graph?site=hilton.com [netcraft.com]

It's definitely a domain HILTON owns (TLD no less) that shows HILTON DOES INDEED UTILIZE Windows!

As does this from MS "get the facts" program + EWeek magazine:

HILTON HOTELS: Manages 1.4 Billion records a day for customers in 1000's of their hotels worldwide - for 370,000 rooms & catering services forecasts (switching from 6 *NIX systems to 1 Windows Server 2003 + SQLServer 2005 clustered failover system using a data warehouse with 7 million rows & 99.998% uptime).

* I'll be waiting... this is going to be amusing I think!

Rasperin, who's crying now? U FAILED! (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#39625641)

So, per my subject? Who's crying now? -> http://news.slashdot.org/comments.pl?sid=2772023&cid=39624889 [slashdot.org] U FAIL, troll, badly... Big mistake trying to 'take on' & troll your BETTERS, boy.

Rasperin, did YOU say THIS? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#39625663)

"Accepted that I was wrong that Hilton.com IS using Windows." - by Rasperin (1034758) on Monday April 09, @06:25PM (#39624293)

Yes, YOU DID: So, Who's cryin' now, BOY? U F'D UP BIG...

Rasperin, modding down posts? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#39625567)

Doesn't hide them: Especially since YOU ADMIT ERROR -> http://news.slashdot.org/comments.pl?sid=2772023&cid=39624889 [slashdot.org] U FAIL, troll, badly... admitting you failed.

Result of trollin 4 Rasperin (LOL) (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#39626113)

"Accepted that I was wrong that Hilton.com IS using Windows." - by Rasperin (1034758) on Monday April 09, @06:25PM (#39624293) Don't come in here calling others shit, shill, or troll again (or you'll get the SAME result, again). You've been fairly warned.

Re:Who benefits the most? (4, Interesting)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#39590847)

I'm no fan of apple, but your barking up the wrong tree. Apple doesn't use AMOLED screens because AMOLED screens don't offer the high resolution that apple wants. Samsung does manufacture the apple 'retina' displays but they are not based on AMOLED technology. No need to call them in as the bad guy here.

Re:Who benefits the most? (2)

dan828 (753380) | more than 2 years ago | (#39591705)

Actually, Apple doesn't use AMOLED because Samsung wouldn't supply them with enough screens for the iPhone, because they were tied up in Samsung's own smart phone offerings.

Re:Who benefits the most? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#39592503)

Come on, admit it. You're just making this up

Re:Who benefits the most? (1)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#39593359)

Actually he is not ... Apple tried to the get AMOLEAD in the iPhone. And that's from someone working for Samsung in Korea.

Re:Who benefits the most? (1)

P-niiice (1703362) | more than 2 years ago | (#39597229)

A superamoled screen doesn't have the retina's resolution, but it looks much, much better on non-text viewing. Pure contrast and saturation of colors vs. text and higher-res applications. It ends up being a tossup.

Re:Who benefits the most? (4, Informative)

shutdown -p now (807394) | more than 2 years ago | (#39592791)

Apple doesn't use AMOLED screens because AMOLED screens don't offer the high resolution that apple wants.

It used to be true, but I'm not so sure now. Galaxy Nexus has a 720p AMOLED screen - but that's PenTile. If you count subpixels rather than pixels, though, it's actually exactly the same pixel count as iPhone 4. Granted, physical resolution is still lower - iPhone screen is 3.5", Galaxy Nexus is 4.5". Still, that's about 250 DPI. Given that they are talking about some ongoing developments here, I wouldn't be surprised if Samsung is actually planning to roll out "retina" (300+ DPI) OLED displays soon.

Re:Who benefits the most? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#39595199)

Hey, listen A/C. If we want to dump on Apple without evidence or rational reason, we'll do it, ok?

Re:Who benefits the most? (1)

roman_mir (125474) | more than 2 years ago | (#39590977)

Consumers benefit the most if all of a sudden there are many competitors in this market even if the original development is stolen.

Re:Who benefits the most? (3, Insightful)

cos(0) (455098) | more than 2 years ago | (#39591383)

Is that a way to justify theft?

Some people also benefit from armored money trucks spilling their cargo over a highway.

But it raises the cost of doing business, and ultimately society pays a price for that.

Re:Who benefits the most? (0)

roman_mir (125474) | more than 2 years ago | (#39591465)

No, I am not talking about 'justifying theft' at all. The question was: "who benefits the most?"

My answer is: consumer benefits the most. I am giving an answer without talking about morality etc., whatever. No, it's not moral or just that this got stolen.

Yes, it is true that consumer will benefit the most.

The socialists here will say: bullshit, those who'll make money from this stolen tech will benefit the most, and if they are only talking about relative value that the company gets compared to any one or a small group of consumers, well, they have a point.

However from point of view of the market it's just more competition in the market and when you take into account millions of people who'll be able to buy cheaper AMOLED displays, whatever they are - TVs, phones, computer screens, etc., then you can understand that the real wealth that was created is not money, it's these very screens. It's supply of something that didn't exist before.

This will cause problems to the original developer company (Samsung) in that they will not be able to follow normal market pricing curve, it will be offset to the negative side by some amount, but they will still be in the black, just not as much. Of-course they will probably sue the other companies that will benefit from this theft.

However again: I am always against patents and copyrights, but I am for the trade secrets for reasons similar to this development - the competitors cannot lock anybody out of the market but they are welcome to develop their own competing technologies or they can try and steal, and at the end it is consumer who gains.

And really, given how socialist this place is, shouldn't you be on the side of the consumer at all times, especially when the other side is a big company? Why the double standard this time?

Re:Who benefits the most? (1)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#39591669)

You assume that stolen tech will introduce more competition, which will drive the prices down and increase selection for consumers.
I will assume that stolen tech will result in lawsuits, possibly shutdown of the company that was "stealing" and all the resulting costs passed over to the consumer.

Have a nice day.

Re:Who benefits the most? (-1)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#39591851)

And really, given how socialist this place is, shouldn't you be on the side of the consumer at all times, especially when the other side is a big company? Why the double standard this time?

God you're a retard. Every fucking thing you say so badly misses the point that one wonders if you're actually a very cleverly crafted Poe.

Re:Who benefits the most? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#39592163)

its not missing the point, its trying to deliberately stretch the point to make false connections in order to support the position.

It is true that when you remove all morality from the subject, the availability of a single product type from a large number of manufacturers does increase competition and thus drive prices down.
it is also true that stolen tech will ultimately result in stupidly high dollar lawsuits which ultimately are passed on to the consumer who then has to bear the weight of those costs.

inclusion of the term 'socialist' is not only incindiary, but serves only to purposefully steer the conversation in a desired direction and has nothing to do with the actual topics being covered. also, trying to push only one side of the conversation (in this case the pro-consumer aspects) while completely ignoring the anti-consumer realities that would result was done on purpose.

its actually a damn good trolling.... im going to give a 7/10 on that one.

And who will fund the next generation of invention (1)

backslashdot (95548) | more than 2 years ago | (#39592367)

Consumers might benefit in the short term, but in the long term as investors refuse to risk their capital in high tech .. nobody will benefit. Also without an accumulation of capital (since nobody will be able to make a large profit margin due to competition), there won't be anyone with the capital to fund new research.

Re:Who benefits the most? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#39597993)

Is that a way to justify theft?

What theft? This was a violation of trade secrets laws. Not theft.

Consumers don't always benefit (1)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#39591425)

Hmmm... like the Nichicon electrolytic capacitor theft? Exploding capacitors for a decade. The consumer doesn't always win.

Re:Who benefits the most? (1, Insightful)

hairyfeet (841228) | more than 2 years ago | (#39592215)

Sadly not, don't forget that all those blown caps in the early 00s was due to corporate espionage, they stole only part of the formula and tried to "fill in the blank" and got it wrong, causing untold losses from prematurely blown boards.

Also what you are advocating is basically a form of "race to the bottom" which as we have seen really only gets you garbage. There is a reason why a PC I build for a customer lasts so long it gets passed down to several family members while that $300 Dell special gets shitcanned 3 weeks after the warranty is gone, and that is because of quality parts. I make sure i have the best parts, from solid caps to high quality fans, whereas the Dell uses the cheapest shit they can get their hands on.

If a company can't make any money from their tech because it'll be stolen they just won't invest in any R&D that costs any real money which gets you a race to the bottom where everyone is making the same shit, just using shittier and shittier parts. See all the cheap ass Android tablets for an example and i'm sure most would agree that the vast majority are absolute garbage, totally designed for the dump, and are just a complete waste.

Re:Who benefits the most? (1)

tirefire (724526) | more than 2 years ago | (#39596505)

There is a reason why a PC I build for a customer lasts so long it gets passed down to several family members while that $300 Dell special gets shitcanned 3 weeks after the warranty is gone, and that is because of quality parts. I make sure i have the best parts, from solid caps to high quality fans, whereas the Dell uses the cheapest shit they can get their hands on.

How do you tell which parts are built to last? Most reviews I see on Newegg, Anandtech, etc. focus on initial quality, performance, and price:performance, not durability.

I built a gaming PC in early 2007 with mid-range parts, like a motherboard with solid caps, and nothing has failed so far (using it now). But beyond that, I'd have no idea how to build a durable computer. What's your secret?

Re:Who benefits the most? (0)

hairyfeet (841228) | more than 2 years ago | (#39599853)

It doesn't take long to find out who makes the quality parts, especially if you eat your own dog food. For example do NOT buy ECS if you are ever wanting to upgrade the CPU, as only what is out at the time will be supported PERIOD. oh they'll update their lists but they won't update their BIOS/UEFI and without the update you'll find the chips won't run correctly. For fans ALWAYS use bearings, never sleeves as the sleeves wear out and get noisy as hell quickly, Also it doesn't hurt to have a couple of gamer customers that turn everything to 11, if a company's products survive them then they are pretty good.

For boards i use Asrock or Gigabyte, but you have to know that the secret of Asrock is that they usually have the defaults too OCed so drop them or at least know the specs of the parts you are using. RAM Kingston or Corsair, although I've found some of the better built (look for the heat spreader) RAM by Patriot is pretty good although it won't OC, I use AMD chips because I don't like the whole Intel OEM bribery bit although that will soon probably change as they don't have a product that can compete with Thuban (I've seen insane OCing with Thuban on air, whereas the BD line is just another P4 netburst mess) and for HDDs I preferred Samsung, especially their EcoDrives as those things would take INSANE amounts of abuse, we are talking construction trailers and warehouses, and keep going but now that its just SG and WD its really just a coin flip as they both have bad batches. Oh and for graphics I prefer ATI/AMD and usually go Sapphire or Gigabyte, both have great warranties and make great boards.

So there you go, a little luck, a LOT of dogfooding, and having some customers that can kill a Sherman tank with a toothbrush have helped me come up with what so far has been a pretty damned solid build.

Re:Who benefits the most? (1)

tirefire (724526) | more than 2 years ago | (#39617361)

Wow! That's more info than I could ask for. I just checked and my 2007 pc has sleeve bearing fans - no wonder it is so loud now. I'm confused about your assessment of ASRock - you say they OC their motherboards by default? What does that mean, exactly?

Also, do you have a website or anything set up for your pc building business? I may want to refer friends/acquaintances to you if they want a pc built and I'm too busy/lazy to do it for them.

ARG (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#39590637)

It wasn't stolen! It's not theft! It's corporate espionage! Samsung still had the technology!

(Ironically, it might also be copyright infringement, depending on the circumstances, which is what this rant about using the proper terminology is usually levied against)

Re:ARG (-1)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#39590943)

I take it you're a pirate? Because only pirates are so intent on changing the language so that their favorite activity doesn't have such a negative connotation.

Many, if not all, of the definitions of 'stealing' and 'theft' do NOT require depriving someone of something, only that the person doing the stealing is doing something without permission.

And don't bring up some BS about it being a 'legal' definition. This is not a courtroom. Common English is spoken here. And even if it was a courtroom, 'theft' would not be used to mean depriving someone of their property, they would use the word 'larceny'.

OMGWTFLOLBBQ head apslode (1)

Thud457 (234763) | more than 2 years ago | (#39591031)

only pirates are so intent on changing the language

ahhhhh, the ironing is delicious. Thanks, AC!

Re:OMGWTFLOLBBQ head apslode (2)

dan828 (753380) | more than 2 years ago | (#39591721)

careful that you don't burn your tongue.

Re:ARG (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#39591135)

Not necessarily. I was unfortunate to live in the same house as a thief. He stole someone's laptop, and since it was in the living room when they raided our place, and since I knew that he didn't buy it, I was charged and convicted same as him - Felony Theft. Even though he is documented saying that his roommate (me) had no part in the theft itself.

"unnamed local rival" (1)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#39590675)

Any chance the first letter of the rival's name is L and the second letter is G? I didn't know they were that desperate for organic LED tech.

This is what happens (0, Redundant)

Intrepid imaginaut (1970940) | more than 2 years ago | (#39590783)

When you let bloggers masquerade as real journalists. For those like me who weren't aware, AMOLED:

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/AMOLED#Comparison_to_other_technologies [wikipedia.org]

AMOLED displays provide higher refresh rates than their passive-matrix OLED counterparts, improving response time often to under a millisecond, and they consume significantly less power. This advantage makes active-matrix OLEDs well suited for portable electronics, where power consumption is critical to battery life.

Re:This is what happens (4, Insightful)

AikonMGB (1013995) | more than 2 years ago | (#39590825)

Consider the readership demographic: either you already know what AMOLED is (it is fairly well known in mobile tech circles), or you are sufficiently cognizant to look it up yourself.

Re:This is what happens (2, Insightful)

Intrepid imaginaut (1970940) | more than 2 years ago | (#39590905)

I haven't the time to look up every acronym and backronym on the entire internet. I strongly suspect very few people do. As a basic standard any news reporter should clarify at a minimum the more eldritch terms. And this isn't being particularly picky, it is a literal journalistic standard.

Re:This is what happens (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#39590949)

"I haven't the time to look up every acronym and backronym on the entire internet"

You've posted hundreds of comments on slashdot... you have more free time than you think you do.

Re:This is what happens (1)

CanHasDIY (1672858) | more than 2 years ago | (#39590969)

I haven't the time to look up every acronym and backronym on the entire internet. I strongly suspect very few people do.

Then I would recommend the same thing I do to people in meatspace who blather on about topics they know nothing about: tell them to shut their pie-holes and learn something.

As a basic standard any news reporter should clarify at a minimum the more eldritch terms. And this isn't being particularly picky, it is a literal journalistic standard.

This is 1000% correct; I myself get rather pissed when I'm reading an article and they refer to a person by their surname without spelling out the whole thing first...

Lowther? What the fuck is a Lowther????

Re:This is what happens (2)

Intrepid imaginaut (1970940) | more than 2 years ago | (#39591015)

Then I would recommend the same thing I do to people in meatspace who blather on about topics they know nothing about: tell them to shut their pie-holes and learn something.

If you were simultaneously representing yourself as a news outlet, I'd say you were therefore a piss poor news outlet. :D Honestly, you have people whining about verbatim copy pasta newsfeeds on here all the time, someone points out the same thing and its bad cos blog.

Re:This is what happens (1)

CanHasDIY (1672858) | more than 2 years ago | (#39591481)

If you were simultaneously representing yourself as a news outlet, I'd say you were therefore a piss poor news outlet. :D

So.. Fox? Or perhaps MSNBC? I won't bother mentioning CNN, as they're more of a playground than a news organization these days (whose day is it to play with the "Magic Wall?")

Honestly, you have people whining about verbatim copy pasta newsfeeds on here all the time, someone points out the same thing and its bad cos blog.

I bitch, but I have to admit the summaries here are still far more grammatically and factually correct than, say, every article on Yahoo. I hate Yahoo News for their piss-poor reporting and total lack of proofreading... yet I keep going back...

it's positively masochistic...

Re:This is what happens (1)

Intrepid imaginaut (1970940) | more than 2 years ago | (#39591511)

So.. Fox? Or perhaps MSNBC? I won't bother mentioning CNN, as they're more of a playground than a news organization these days (whose day is it to play with the "Magic Wall?")

Oh yeah I'll definetely be going back to that website for all my news needs. After all, its better than Fox. Seriously, you aren't striking a blow for the popularity of anyone here.

Re:This is what happens (1)

amRadioHed (463061) | more than 2 years ago | (#39591025)

You would have a point of AMOLED was an eldritch term. It's not.

Re:This is what happens (1)

tlhIngan (30335) | more than 2 years ago | (#39591061)

I haven't the time to look up every acronym and backronym on the entire internet. I strongly suspect very few people do. As a basic standard any news reporter should clarify at a minimum the more eldritch terms. And this isn't being particularly picky, it is a literal journalistic standard.

True. However, if you're the /. crowd, you'd know it was something related to display technology already. Hell, the public knows it's something about display technology because the term AMOLED has been plastered all over the place. You can hardly go a day without someone saying something like "Super AMOLED" this and "AMOLED+" that.

Samsung plasters it everywhere since it seems all their phones use it. And it appears a large number of Android phones have an AMOLED screen as well.

Two years ago, you'd be correct. These days, it's a technology and used in marketing materials everywhere. (Hell, Samsung has Super AMOLED, Super AMOLED+ (RGB instead of Pentile), Super AMOLED HD, ... blah blah blah).

Re:This is what happens (1)

Intrepid imaginaut (1970940) | more than 2 years ago | (#39591101)

Hell, the public knows it's something about display technology because the term AMOLED has been plastered all over the place.

Bullshit.

That is all.

Re:This is what happens (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#39592141)

And here I thought that cavemen lived under rocks only. You learn something new every day!

Re:This is what happens (1)

Intrepid imaginaut (1970940) | more than 2 years ago | (#39592295)

I'm in the grip of a rare spasm of nerd rage here, stand well back. The Slaine-like warp paroxysms have already resulted in me demolishing my F5 key in an attempt to slashdot slashdot singlehanded. Roll me round in snow quick for gods' sake!

Re:This is what happens (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#39594105)

It sucks to be called out on being wrong? That's not a rhetorical question, BTW. The only difference between me and you is not necessarily amount of knowledge, but simply the fact I don't feel compelled to act like an asshat everytime I say something that is not quite correct. Also, if you wasted much time looking up AMOLED, you really need to get a fucking better browser or computer or something. I mean this constructively, unless you live in Kenya or have some other worthy excuse, you really suck at life. I would love to see how you survived 25 years ago when you would have actually had to walk over to a bookshelf to look something up... and if you didn't own the correct reference book... *call* the library. Ironically, they probably put up with far worse than you.

Re:This is what happens (1)

Intrepid imaginaut (1970940) | more than 2 years ago | (#39595535)

It sucks to be called out on being wrong? That's not a rhetorical question, BTW. The only difference between me and you is not necessarily amount of knowledge, but simply the fact I don't feel compelled to act like an asshat everytime I say something that is not quite correct.

a) there is nothing incorrect in anything I said and b) its usually people who are badly wrong, such as yourself, who then start getting all personal when they have noplace else to run.

Re:This is what happens (1)

tlhIngan (30335) | more than 2 years ago | (#39594761)

Hell, the public knows it's something about display technology because the term AMOLED has been plastered all over the place.

Bullshit.

That is all.

I went to a cellphone provider's webiste and looked at their phones. Like this one [rogers.com] . Of which "AMOLED" is plastered on at least 6 phones.

It's a technology, and it's a marketing spec plastered all over the place. I just saw an ad for some Samsung Android phone, and it claimed a Super AMOLED screen. A radio ad for the Galaxy Nexus (heard of that phone? It came with Ice Cream Sandwich since day 1) praises its AMOLED HD screen.

The only way you might not know about it is if you lock yourself in the basement, never step outside (oh look, a billboard for an Android phone with AMOLED screen!), use any media like radio, TV, or step inside any store or mall (thus skipping all the cellphone displays), it's plastered everywhere I go.

Hell, the term is so popular, I bet some of the very same will mistakenly say the iPhone or iPad has an AMOLED screen.

Sure, they won't know what makes it special or advanced, but they know what it is.

Re:This is what happens (1)

phorm (591458) | more than 2 years ago | (#39591141)

The time taken to post the complaint exceeds the time spent to do this [lmgtfy.com]

Re:This is what happens (1)

Intrepid imaginaut (1970940) | more than 2 years ago | (#39591205)

While you're there could you google "basic journalistic standards if you are purporting to be reporting news, and presumably trying to make money in said endeavour".

I'll never visit that site again, and I'd be surprised if many others did either. The bloglords flexing their sarcasm on /. isn't really much of a persuader either.

Re:This is what happens (1)

phorm (591458) | more than 2 years ago | (#39591947)

Well, one thing is for sure, I'm impressed with the speed at which google [lmgtfy.com] crawls slashdot.

As for the exact function/definition of AMOLED, do you really need it to know the basic gist of the story (employees of Samsung were nabbed trying to sell trade secrets for display technology). If the article were about a new AMOLED screen, it might be more useful, but the story in this case was more about the bust than the actual tech.

Re:This is what happens (1)

Intrepid imaginaut (1970940) | more than 2 years ago | (#39592115)

AMOLED SECRETS STOLEN! wtf is an amoled, probably some sort of oled, lets look that up and see whats what. Oh right, well I'll just post that on slash with a tut tut for the poor journalism that wasted my time searching for it. Cue bloggers up in arms over disparagement of blogs, cue comments saying it would have been easier to just look it up than to complain about it missing the behaviour modification benefits of complaints in terms of those offering a service, and we are done.

Any questions.

Re:This is what happens (1)

Khyber (864651) | more than 2 years ago | (#39595361)

See you're really new here.

The original purpose of this site was some guy's personal BLOG.

Ain't *SHIT* for journalistic standards in a blog format, and that same format EXISTS TO THIS DAY.

7-digit UIDs, so brainless and late to the party, as always.

If you're this far behind in technology, you'll never get anywhere any time soon,

Re:This is what happens (1)

Intrepid imaginaut (1970940) | more than 2 years ago | (#39595571)

Slashdot was around before "blogs" gained any currency in the mainstream, and its a news feed with discussion forum attached, boyo. I guess you could call that a "Newsog" or something.

Re:This is what happens (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#39591145)

Perhaps work on getting rid of your ignorance then. You can learn something everyday by just performing a quick web search instead of complaining.

Re:This is what happens (1)

Intrepid imaginaut (1970940) | more than 2 years ago | (#39591605)

I did, champ. And then I came back and posted it to slashdot for all to admire, thus saving others the ongoing bother of having to search for it themselves, a courtesy I'd expect in advance from any site claiming to present the news to me. And who knows how many future shoddy performances I've prevented merely by complaining, since as everyone is aware, you don't improve things unless you open your mouth.

Got it?

Great.

Re:This is what happens (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#39593171)

champ? really - champ? are you in some kind of a vh1 80's dissasson, coach? what a fucking idiot. and yeah - your rant was simply stupid. you're likely a bit strung up with your nerves and all, and are picking at every little thing. you spend most of your awake time doing it, stressing and getting pissed off at the stupidest little shit, and you can't escape it. that sucks for you. Great.

Re:This is what happens (1)

Khyber (864651) | more than 2 years ago | (#39595363)

"And then I came back and posted it to slashdot for all to admire"

All while avoiding your own vaunted 'basic journalistic integrity' and never posting a detailed explanation in the comments, all the while ranting. So much for your 'integrity.'

Please, child. Detach yourself from mummy's PC, reattach to her tit.

Re:This is what happens (1)

Intrepid imaginaut (1970940) | more than 2 years ago | (#39595557)

Eh the wikipedia link and explanation are in the very first post there khyb, and it's your mummy's tit I'll be detaching from.

Re:This is what happens (1)

Khyber (864651) | more than 2 years ago | (#39595709)

Your explanation didn't even come close to anything resembling journalism. Very short on detail.

Re:This is what happens (1)

Khyber (864651) | more than 2 years ago | (#39595711)

"it's your mummy's tit I'll be detaching from"

Seems I was right to label you a child, with such unimaginative repetition spewing from your keyboard.

Re:This is what happens (1)

FunkDup (995643) | more than 2 years ago | (#39591663)

I haven't the time to look up every acronym and backronym on the entire internet.

According to this quick search [google.com.au] "AMOLED" has been mentioned 4910 times on this site. I'd say this term has moved into the realm of assumed knowledge, and that you've moved into the realm of assumed stupidity.

Re:This is what happens (0)

Intrepid imaginaut (1970940) | more than 2 years ago | (#39592043)

As its coming from an Aussie, I'll file that under "standard issue social malformation" to be honest.

Re:This is what happens (1)

skine (1524819) | more than 2 years ago | (#39591847)

While I'll agree with you that it's ridiculous to be expected to know every acronym that is currently in use, you aren't being required to look up every single one. The article mentions ONE specific acronym.

I'm assuming that since you are posting to /., you probably have internet access. Even on a slow connection, it should take less time to pull up a new tab, type in "www.google.com," type in "AMOLED," and click search, than to make multiple comments here on /.. Or, if you have Firefox, you can simply highlight any word, right click, then click "Search Google."

Re:This is what happens (1)

Intrepid imaginaut (1970940) | more than 2 years ago | (#39595549)

And after doing that I might decide to you know post it on slashdot. Which I did. I know RTFA is somewhat frowned upon in these parts, but at least try to RTFC like a good lad.

Re:This is what happens (1)

DamnStupidElf (649844) | more than 2 years ago | (#39592157)

It is, after all, news media's job to include an elementary education in each news broadcast so that you can understand it.

Re:This is what happens (1)

couchslug (175151) | more than 2 years ago | (#39593805)

"As a basic standard any news reporter should clarify at a minimum the more eldritch terms."

Nowadays, "eldritch" IS eldritch.

Re:This is what happens (1)

Khyber (864651) | more than 2 years ago | (#39595341)

"I haven't the time to look up every acronym and backronym on the entire internet"

Judging by your comment history, you're lying.

Re:This is what happens (1)

Eponymous Hero (2090636) | more than 2 years ago | (#39591077)

QED

Re:This is what happens (1)

cpu6502 (1960974) | more than 2 years ago | (#39591193)

I figured it was some kind of Organic LED but didn't really care what the AM part meant. It shows pictures == I'm happy.

Aside - Why do DVDs look like crap on LED flat panels, but greats on my CRT? I've never been able to figure that out. Maybe it's poor scaling in the LED.

Re:This is what happens (1)

shutdown -p now (807394) | more than 2 years ago | (#39592827)

OLED doesn't have anything in common with "LED" TVs. The latter refer to the use of LED for backlight, but screen itself is still the usual TFT LCD, and picture quality is by and large the same.

In OLED, individual pixels are organic LEDs, and there's no backlight (which is why its black is really black).

Re:This is what happens (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#39593979)

Well, I was in the same boat as you, but decided to look it up after seeing this thread. You didn't miss much: Apparently the AM part means "Active Matrix". I don't think anyone has seriously sold a passive matrix screen this millennium.

Re:This is what happens (1)

Khyber (864651) | more than 2 years ago | (#39595381)

DVDs look like crap on LCD vs CRT because most are recorded in an interlaced format. LCD isn't an interlaced display device, CRTs are.

You need to deinterlace the image.

Re:This is what happens (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#39590881)

Oh please. You see retard-grade scientific articles from "real journalists" all the time here on Slashdot. Or were you born yesterday?

Re:This is what happens (1)

Intrepid imaginaut (1970940) | more than 2 years ago | (#39590931)

I'm just lolling at the "redundant" downmod from an emotionally wounded blogger, myself.

Re:This is what happens (1)

eclectro (227083) | more than 2 years ago | (#39591217)

Thanks for posting. Sorry you got modded down.

We need more AMOLED manufacturers (1)

gygy (1182865) | more than 2 years ago | (#39590817)

Too bad that they fail. Another AMOLED manufacturer is a must !

Re:We need more AMOLED manufacturers (2)

ScentCone (795499) | more than 2 years ago | (#39593059)

Too bad that they fail. Another AMOLED manufacturer is a must !

Really? Your preferred way to get more of the stuff you want made is to encourage theft from the people who are risking giant piles of money to develop it in the first place? What are you, 8 years old?

Re:We need more AMOLED manufacturers (1)

rtb61 (674572) | more than 2 years ago | (#39594233)

Governments have already done that with first to patent laws. Seriously what did you think would be the outcome of laws like that.

"Business" as usual (3, Interesting)

Dutchmaan (442553) | more than 2 years ago | (#39590879)

"According to authorities, the man unsuccessfully attempted to sell the information to a Chinese display manufacturer at that time."

Call me biased or whatever, but I already knew the word Chinese was gonna be in there before I even read the story.

I wonder how often they dont get caught (1)

Life2Death (801594) | more than 2 years ago | (#39595931)

If this happens often and the people stealing the technology aren't getting caught, that's a pretty cheap way to "research" new technologies

But what about Patents? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#39610807)

"in exchange for trade secrets"

While Samsung has been pretty good about not suing others for patent infringement (unless they are counter suing), isn't the point of patents supposed to be to encourage companies to publicly reveal their trade secrets? Yet these companies still benefit from trade secret laws that protect them? Shouldn't all of the information needed to copy this technology be publicly available for others to see publicly?

Where is the patent that tells me how to build my TI Graphing calculator, my cell phone, my monitor, my micro processor, my television, etc...? The companies that make these things, including Samsung, have many patents, yet none of those patents are any useful and their true useful technological information is kept secret. What's the point of patents again?

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