Sunday Shortbread

Eight is Enough

  1. AllThingsD: Apple offered to license its patents to

    Samsung for $30 per smartphone, $40 per tablet

  2. Attendly: Linux founder Linus Torvalds delivers a smackdown like no other
  3. Engadget’s Vizio Thin + Light review (14-inch, 2012):

    How do the company’s first laptops measure up?

  4. Engadget: Lenovo reportedly prepping Intel and

    ARM versions of IdeaPad Yoga transforming tablet

  5. eWeek: Microsoft, Adobe plan critical Patch Tuesday security updates
  6. Kinect 2: Alleged first image leaks online – CVG
  7. GMA Network: Ouya Android-powered game console now up for pre-order
  8. GameInformer: Wing Commander and Quake artist Paul Steed passes away


Sunday

  1. Apple patent head: We don’t want to license clones – AllThingsD
  2. Google: Pirate sites forced to walk down the plank

    on search results pages – The Huffington Post

  3. Linux Journal: Open source for the space age

Mobile

  1. Samsung: Our phone design was inspired by ‘a bowl of water‘ – C|Net
  2. TechRadar: Microsoft is already working on Surface 2 tablets
  3. HotHardware: Motorola aiming to launch Razr HD and Razr Maxx HD in October?

Software and gaming

  1. AppleInsider: Apple’s Mac OS X 10.8.1 update

    to address Thunderbolt display noise issue, more

  2. Apple’s original software construction kit: Hypercard

    turns twenty-five years old today – TUAW

  3. BBC News: Open-source project to get gadgets talking via the net
  4. NPD: Xbox 360 ruled a steadily declining video game empire in July

Hardware

  1. KitGuru reviews 128GB AData XPG SX300 mSATA SSD
  2. Legit Reviews on XFX Radeon HD 7870 2GB
  3. Phoronix on the Zero Halliburton S1
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    • Welch
    • 7 years ago

    Attendly: Linux founder Linus Torvalds delivers a smackdown like no other

    I can’t believe I’m wasting my time typing this… I’ll be the first one to admit that I wasn’t really around anywhere near the start of Linux, nor have I dove ultra deep into it. I’ve always thought I wanted to jump deep into it and abandon Windows. But the more and more I read the comments of Linus, the more I realize why Linux never went main stream even if it was better or easy to use (And yes, those of you who feel the need to defend Linux can’t stop right there, I know what your thinking) “Linux isn’t about everyone using it, its about freedom/OpenSource”… which should make sense that you’d want all if not everyone to use it to battle the big evil walled gardens of Microsoft and Apple (how ironic) right?

    I get the nasty feeling down in my gut after reading all of these comments from the “Father of Linux” that Linus is just so much of an ass that people turned their backs on him to avoid giving him any satisfaction. And you know what… I’m starting to agree with that notion.

    Regardless of the MANY stupid (ohh and believe me, this world has more than its fair share of stupid) people that he may have to deal with on a regular basis. Claiming to be the most intelligent of the bunch goes to show a lack of understanding about how the world works.

    Linus Torvalds, you sir are a douche. But somehow I think you already knew that 😉

      • l33t-g4m3r
      • 7 years ago

      Nope. That’s only true if he was wrong. His rants are pretty much spot on, and make sense. The one particular comment about requiring the root password to access the printer was gold, and if you think he’s wrong here, you’re the douche. I can see exactly why linus has his attitude, and it’s because everybody in linux pretty much does whatever. Sometimes you need to bring the fringe back in line, and that’s all he’s doing. Linus is Linus, not Dereck Smart, and he has the responsibility to move linux forward, and you can’t do that being a nice guy 24/7, especially with an open system.

      [quote<]But the more and more I read the comments of Linus, the more I realize why Linux never went main stream[/quote<] His comments have absolutely nothing to do with linux not being mainstream. That's a Microsoft issue, so you realize nothing aside of absurd fantasies. [quote<]Any programmer knows that Linus is king for a reason – he makes calls that need to be made, for the good of the product. There’s no stuffing around, no long-winded explanations; just “this is what we’re going to do.”[/quote<] This basically sums up the truth about Linus, and IMO I like people like that, and wish there were more of them around. Perhaps the world wouldn't be as screwed up.

        • tay
        • 7 years ago

        +1 for derek smart phd reference

        • Welch
        • 7 years ago

        I gave my opinion, and like I said, its an “outsiders” one since I’m not a big Linux person. No need to get overly rude or defensive about it. I’m all about straight to the damn point, but the excessive personal stroking of ones ego in the public light seems more than over the top to me, that’s my point and reason for even mentioning it.

      • Kurotetsu
      • 7 years ago

      I’m not a Linux proponent (or opponent) by any means, but even I could see that Mr. Torvalds was purposely being tongue in cheek with the asshole routine. On top of what l33t-g4m3r already said, public displays like what he puts on are necessary for getting people to pay attention to issues that really shouldn’t be issues. Note that alot of his complaints are issues with usability for non-technical people. His rants seem tailored to reflect how an average (read: non-technical) person would react to basic crap like not being able to print anything. Note that BILL GATES has also put on similar displays in the past, for example:

      [url<]http://blog.seattlepi.com/microsoft/2008/06/24/full-text-an-epic-bill-gates-e-mail-rant/[/url<] Does his behavior also sour your opinion of Windows? No? Then it shouldn't for Linux either. Its a necessary "evil". Sometimes you need to put on the douchebag asshole routine, especially when being nice doesn't get anything done (its easier to ignore nice people).

    • Coyote_ar
    • 7 years ago

    The Samsung F700, which was filed in way before the iphone was presented, has clearly the same design and “family style” as the Galaxy family of phones. Even the interface that predates the first iOS has the same distribution.

    The phone had a slide keyboard and was way smaller … technology limitations and taste of the market back then, but that aside its clearly not an iphone based design.

    There will be similarities between the iphone and other smartphones? sure they will, what people wants is a MAJOR component on the design of any consumer product.

    I really cant understand how this trial is still going on, apple should stop spending money in layers and get more engineers instead.

      • deathBOB
      • 7 years ago

      Then you don’t understand the trial. The claims are about wholesale copying of the look and feel of the software and hardware, not mere similarities prompted by hardware limitations.

        • Coyote_ar
        • 7 years ago

        The look of the F700 and the Galaxy S is WAAAAAY more similar than the Galaxy S and the Iphone 3G.

        Just remove the slide keyboard, increase screen size, and the look of the phone is basically a Galaxy S.

        So the look wasnt copied at all from the iphone.

        And the layout and look of the menu … well its basically the same as it was on the F700. Just changed the colors of the icons, and apple has no patent on that.

          • heinsj24
          • 7 years ago

          The F700 was first shown one month after Jobs unveiled the iPhone.

          This is what the trial is about:

          Samsung, being a major Apple supplier, may have been privy to Apple’s iPhone design well before it was unveiled in January 2007. Apple believes that Samsung took advantage of their relationship.

          Let them try to prove it in court.

    • lilbuddhaman
    • 7 years ago

    Before we jump on the Apple bashing, lets all least acknowledge Paul Steed’s passing…. (and no, I had no idea who the guy was either, but his accomplishments are part of what shaped my youth)

    RIP Paul, best wishes to his family.

    • albundy
    • 7 years ago

    AllThingsD: Apple offered to license its patents toSamsung for $30 per smartphone, $40 per tablet

    patents for what? Apple doesn’t make anything. They only design layouts and market their name. Samsung is a semiconductor company. they make stuff and lots of it. Apple is illogical.

      • BobbinThreadbare
      • 7 years ago

      That isn’t exactly fair.

      Yes, Apple doesn’t own factories in which they build their own products, but there is very little difference to designing 90% of it and contracting someone else to do the physical task of constructing it.

      Apple is guilty of plenty of patent trolling, no doubt, but this is mis-characterizing what they do which isn’t helpful to the conversation either.

        • sweatshopking
        • 7 years ago

        between MS and apple, it’s going to cost 55$ for an android license, nm the fees to google for gapps. that puts it firmly as the most expensive OS on the market.

      • codedivine
      • 7 years ago

      Well Apple now does the chip design itself inhouse. But hardware is less than half the story. You are forgetting about software.

      Apple makes its own OS, its own compilers, many applications and some services. Samsung mostly licenses OSes (Android, WP) and their inhouse software efforts (Bada) have all failed.

      I do think that the lawsuits are not healthy, but it is not correct to call Apple only a design/marketing company. They are a solid software technology firm as well.

        • Ushio01
        • 7 years ago

        I can’t call Apple a chip designer when all it does is licences from ARM and Imagination Technologies.with the integrated RAM from Samsung.

          • sweatshopking
          • 7 years ago

          that’s why they bought chip designer PA Semi for $278 million! so they could do nothing to the chip! well done sir!

            • codedivine
            • 7 years ago

            And Intrinsity for $121m.

            • destroy.all.monsters
            • 7 years ago

            It’s just as likely they bought them in order to make sure no one else did.

            • sweatshopking
            • 7 years ago

            that’s fair.

          • codedivine
          • 7 years ago

          Well despite the fact that I said that hardware is not the story here, somehow ALL the replies are about hardware.

          By chip design I meant SoC design. SoC design is not as easy as people think. The CPU and GPU cores come as configurable IP blocks. Selecting and laying out the exact configuration for a desired performance/power objective does require careful design work.
          Implementations of the same IP blocks can vary in both power and performance achieved.

          Samsung, TI, ST-E and a bunch of others ALL license their CPU and GPU cores so I am not sure why that is an issue. Even Intel licenses their GPU cores and Nvidia licenses CPU cores. Only Qualcomm does both CPU and GPU design by themselves.

          But again, that is totally besides the point. Care to say anything about software.

            • sweatshopking
            • 7 years ago

            [quote<] Care to say anything about software [/quote<] No, for two reasons 1. many people here think software patents are stupid 2. it doesn't help the anti apple position when you look at actual software changes made by apple that android has copied.

            • codedivine
            • 7 years ago

            Well I don’t care about patents either. But I do think that calling Apple only a design/marketing firm is deluded.

            • I.S.T.
            • 7 years ago

            Thank you for the dose of sanity, codedivine. This is why I follow you on twitter(Under a different account name).

            • MadManOriginal
            • 7 years ago

            If we want to put Apple into an existing category, calling them a System Integrator is probably the closest name.

            • codedivine
            • 7 years ago

            On the hardware side, sure. On the software side, what system integrator writes their own OS?

            • MadManOriginal
            • 7 years ago

            There are also things Apple has copied from Android, of course Apple wouldn’t ever say that and Google isn’t suing them over software patents sooo..

            • sweatshopking
            • 7 years ago

            I don’t disagree. I do think to pretend company doesn’t innovate is dumb. That being said, do we REALLY care if it bounces up? isn’t that a little petty?

            • Goty
            • 7 years ago

            “WAAAAAAAH, IT’S NOT ABOUT HARDWARE!”

            *ignores releases by both companies during the lawsuit that compare nothing but the designs of the devices themselves*

      • rrr
      • 7 years ago

      That’s called being a patent troll.

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