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Apple Sues HTC For Patent Infringement

Remember Apple suing Microsoft for “stealing” the Mac’s user interface?  A user interface that Apple actually stole from Xerox?

On 4 March 2010 Apple filed suite against HTC for infringing on some twenty patents for iPhone technology they allegedly used in their Android handsets (but not their Windows Mobile handsets).

It’s pretty obvious to me that HTC manufactured Windows Mobile handsets long before the iPhone, and those handsets used many of the basics of the technology described in the twenty iPhone patents — so who’s stealing from whom?

It’s totally ironic that Steve Jobs is quoted as saying:

We can sit by and watch competitors steal our patented inventions, or we can do something about it. We’ve decided to do something about it. We think competition is healthy, but competitors should create their own original technology, not steal ours.

When in 1996 in the PBS Documentary “Triumph of the Nerds” he said:

Picasso had a saying. He said that ‘Good artists copy; great artists steal.’ And we have always been shameless about stealing great ideas.

I think Eric Von Hipple of MIT’s Sloan School of Management may have hit the nail on the head:

The social value of patents was supposed to be to encourage innovation — that’s what society gets out of it. The net effect is that they decrease innovation, and in the end, the public loses out.

Those who can’t innovate, litigate.

Steve Jobs, 1996 “Triumph of the Nerds”

Windows 7 – Service Pack 1

Beware the ides of March!

No, you really don’t have to with respect to Windows 7 Service Pack 1…

This service pack has been available for a couple weeks now; and there have been no major reports of issues with it; but there are some things you probably want to know.

The first thing is the service pack is huge; so if you are going to install it on more than one computer, consider downloading either the x86, x64, or combined install set.

The second thing is you should make sure you have performed updates… some of them seem to be required for the service pack to install (yes — that seems to breaks with the past, but I have had more than one machine fail to install the service pack when several updates had not yet been applied).

The third thing is you should allocate time; the service pack is huge, and it takes a very long to to install (even if you have downloaded it)… particularly on slow machines.

I haven’t really noticed any significant changes except the preview window now seems to be enabled on the right sidebar of file explorer windows (so now you have a menu ont he top, a tree navigation pane on the left, an information window on the bottom, and a preview window on the right.  You can configure all of that to be the way you want.

I also had some initial issues making network connections to a Linux server (via SMB), but that seemed to right itself with an additional reboot.

I haven’t found anything that’s broken; now have I found anything that’s fixed — all the annoying parts of Windows 7 (including the price tag for those who upgraded to Vista) are still present… so while I encourage you to keep your Windows machines fully patched, and your security software up to date; you’re probably not going to feel particularly rewarded for the time you will invest in this.

Also, applying service pack 1 works via the upgrade system — so if you’re just doing a single machine (or one 64 bit and one 32 bit) you can probably make your life easier and just let the Microsoft magic happen — you will have to approve the installation of service pack 1 (I’m sure at some point in the future it will become required rather than recommended).

Downloading requires validation; and applying it will likely remove any hack you might have to get around activation — so if you’re not “genuine” don’t even thing about it (and maybe you should consider shelling out a little cash for a legitimate license).

One final note; this service pack also applies to Windows Server 2008.

Windows 7 Service Pack 1

No climate change here…

I clipped this from Dr Jeff Masters on Weather Underground

A flash flood emergency has been declared this morning in Pensacola, Florida and Mobile, Alabama. Record daily rainfall amounts were set on Tuesday in both cities, with 11.13” and 11.24”, respectively. Pensacola Airport recorded a remarkable 5.68 inches of rain in just one hour ending at 10 pm Tuesday night. Flood waters closed a 30-mile stretch of I-10 near the Alabama/Florida border Tuesday night, and a 5-mile stretch remained closed this morning.

…full article…

Nearly a foot of rain??? Nearly a half foot of rain in an hour???  The yearly rainfall average for Pensacola is only 61.2″  almost 10% of that occurred in a hour… easy to see that there’s absolutely no supporting evidence that the worlds climate is changing.