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In the World of Big Stuff, the US Still Rules

FromWithin Re:surely, you're joking (184 comments)

> but you can also pay lots of money for crap ;-)
Cough! Bose. Cough!

about 2 years ago

UK Court Sanctions Apple For Non-Compliance

FromWithin Re:Apple and their lawyers were lucky (217 comments)

Did you even read the on this, Mr. Ignorance?

Apple lied. I shall quote the ruling here:

21. I turn to the last paragraph. I do not think the order as made precluded any addition to the required notice if that addition had been true and did not undermine the effect of the required notice. But I do consider that adding false and misleading material was illegitimate. For by adding such material the context of the required notice is altered so that it will be understood differently.

22. Here what Apple added was false and misleading. I turn to analyse it. The first sentence reads:

However, in a case tried in Germany regarding the same patent, the court found that Samsung engaged in unfair competition by copying the iPad design.

That is false in the following ways:

(a) "Regarding the same patent." No patent of any kind has been involved in Germany or here, still less "the same patent."

(b) As regards the Community Registered Design, the German Courts held that neither the Galaxy 10.1 nor the 8.9 infringed it. As to the 7.7 there was for a short while a German provisional order holding that it infringed. Whether there was a jurisdiction to make that order is very doubtful for the reasons given in my earlier judgment but in any event the order had been (or should have been) discharged by the time the Contested Notice was published.

(c) There is a finding and injunction, limited to Germany alone, that the 10.1 and 8.9 infringe German unfair competition law. But the statement is likely to be read as of more general application.

23. The second sentence reads:

A U.S. jury also found Samsung guilty of infringing on Apple's design and utility patents, awarding over one billion U.S. dollars in damages to Apple Inc.

That is misleading by omission. For the US jury specifically rejected Apple's claim that the US design patent corresponding to the Community Design in issue here was infringed. The average reader would think that the UK decision was at odds with that in the US. Far from that being so, it was in accordance with it.

24. The third sentence reads:

So while the U.K. court did not find Samsung guilty of infringement, other courts have recognized that in the course of creating its Galaxy tablet, Samsung wilfully copied Apple's far more popular iPad.

This is calculated to produce huge confusion. The false innuendo is that the UK court came to a different conclusion about copying, which is not true for the UK court did not form any view about copying. There is a further false innuendo that the UK court's decision is at odds with decisions in other countries whereas that is simply not true.

25. The reality is that wherever Apple has sued on this registered design or its counterpart, it has ultimately failed. It may or may not have other intellectual property rights which are infringed. Indeed the same may be true the other way round for in some countries Samsung are suing Apple. But none of that has got anything to do with the registered design asserted by Apple in Europe. Apple's additions to the ordered notice clearly muddied the water and the message obviously intended to be conveyed by it.

more than 2 years ago

Why One Person Thinks Raspberry Pi Is Unsuitable For Education

FromWithin Re:The main issue is monitors. (133 comments)

The role it fills is:

  1. Plug in.
  2. Switch on.
  3. Learn to program.

Find something else (that came out after the 80s) that makes it as easy to get started in programming.

For the perfect example of what the Pi is intended for, see the games that this 7 year old has made:


more than 2 years ago

New, More Autonomous Asimo Robot Unveiled By Honda

FromWithin Karl's review (62 comments)

I can't help but recall the immortal words of Karl Pilkington on seeing the Asimo: "It walks like it's shit itself.".

more than 3 years ago

Opera Proposes Switching Browser Scrolling For 'Pages'

FromWithin Re:standard resolution? (320 comments)

That's a big rant against attempts at innovation for something so minor, Mr. Anti-Opera.

"'Doing pages on a screen I think will be very important, especially for tablets,' he said."
"Opera said users will be able to switch back to scroll bars if they prefer."

more than 3 years ago

More Photoshopped Evidence In Apple v. Samsung

FromWithin Re:Dear Apple (345 comments)

I know you were being sarcastic, but I needed somewhere to put this: From 1993.

more than 3 years ago

Review: Rise of the Planet of the Apes

FromWithin Re:Previews and review... (239 comments)

You haven't even seen it.

I have and I thought that it was excellent. It was exciting, well acted, well handled, and just generally very good.

I give it 8/10.

more than 3 years ago

Police Raid PS3 Hacker's House, Hacker Releases PS3 'Hypervisor Bible'

FromWithin Re:My PS3 - I can do what I want with it (448 comments)

> The PS1 and 2 were my favorite consoles. 10 years of great gameplaying (1995-2005) so I'm hardly anti-sony.

How many games did you buy?

more than 3 years ago

Mirror's Edge Sequel On Hold

FromWithin Very disappointing (109 comments)

This is very disappointing news. Mirror's Edge is one of my all-time favourite games. According to vgchartz.com, it sold over 2 million copies between the PS3 and x360 versions and probably a lot more since those number were last updated. That's pretty close to Dead Space's figures (2.6 million), and EA was also disappointed with the results of that project. Yet, Dead Space 2 has arrived complete with a ton of marketing. I don't see how anyone can claim that Mirror's Edge wasn't a success, even if EA's expectations were wildly optimistic. I hope that it doesn't get resubmitted and released in future as a terrible multi-player game, but I do hope that there is a sequel eventually.

more than 3 years ago

Failed Controller-Free Gaming Devices of the Past

FromWithin EyeToy was no failure (135 comments)

From the article: "Sony dabbled twice with console-based webcams over the last two generations, and it only got any success after it introduced the Move."
From Wikipedia: "As of November 6, 2008, the EyeToy has sold 10.5 million units worldwide.".

10.5 million sales is most definitely a success by any definition.

The whole article strikes me as a Kinect advert: "Despite the occasional misinterpreted gesture, Microsoft's Kinect offers impressively immersive game controls and voice commands, all without needing to lay your finger on a single button."

more than 4 years ago

Game Devs On the Future of PC Gaming

FromWithin Re:Right (375 comments)

I mean, how much would it cost to just put out Burnout Paradise 2? Just do some new textures, design a new town, some new races and a few new skins for cars and people like me would be happy to have it.

The naivety contained within the above two sentences is staggering. At a guess off the top of my head, I would say that it would cost probably in the region of $5 million.

You obviously weren't happy enough with Big Surf Island.

"Design a new town", involves a ludicrous amount of work for artists, designers and testers, with multiple passes and iterations. I can't even begin to tell you how much is involved in it. Definitely more than a year's work, possibly approaching two. Just the testing alone would cost hundreds of thousands even if there was no online play.

more than 4 years ago


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