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  • Apple's (AAPL) California battle with Samsung (SSNLF.PK) is turning up reams of data about the companies' U.S. sales. An Apple document states 19M iPhones were solid in the U.S. in 1H (31% of total sales), along with 10.2M iPads (35% of total). Meanwhile, 1H U.S. sales of Samsung smartphones deemed by Apple to be infringing its IP amounted to 4.5M. Also: Samsung claims to have sold just 37K Galaxy Tab units in the U.S. in Q2. (Galaxy S document[View news story]
    @gensearch2

    My comment has a world to do with it. If Xerox fought as hard as Apple does in court, there would be no Windows, Mac, iPhone, Amiga, etc, etc.

    The commenter I was responding to was arguing that without strong patents Apple wouldn't be encouraged to innovate.

    Certainly everyone Apple has stolen tech from felt encouraged to develop their innovations regardless.

    Imagine multi-touch, scrollbars, GUIs, the computer mouse, the design of the LG Prada, etc, all being as heavily patented and defended in court the way Apple does. There would be no iPhone, period.

    So how can we say that without patents and aggressive litigation there is no innovation, because the lack of this is what allowed for this "innovation" in the first place.
    Aug 15 04:57 PM | Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Apple's (AAPL) California battle with Samsung (SSNLF.PK) is turning up reams of data about the companies' U.S. sales. An Apple document states 19M iPhones were solid in the U.S. in 1H (31% of total sales), along with 10.2M iPads (35% of total). Meanwhile, 1H U.S. sales of Samsung smartphones deemed by Apple to be infringing its IP amounted to 4.5M. Also: Samsung claims to have sold just 37K Galaxy Tab units in the U.S. in Q2. (Galaxy S document[View news story]
    And more to the point, how do you feel about Apple stealing the GUI from Xerox, their touch interaction paradigm from Jeff Han, their OS having code from BSD in it, etc.

    These are all "innovations" I'm sure you credit them for which would not exist if they did not copy from those works.

    The only thing Apple deserves a patent on is stealing the work of others while convincing people they're innovators and not thieves.

    They've always been a marketing and PR company first, products second. The marketing and PR are what convince you otherwise.
    Aug 11 10:08 PM | Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Apple's (AAPL) California battle with Samsung (SSNLF.PK) is turning up reams of data about the companies' U.S. sales. An Apple document states 19M iPhones were solid in the U.S. in 1H (31% of total sales), along with 10.2M iPads (35% of total). Meanwhile, 1H U.S. sales of Samsung smartphones deemed by Apple to be infringing its IP amounted to 4.5M. Also: Samsung claims to have sold just 37K Galaxy Tab units in the U.S. in Q2. (Galaxy S document[View news story]
    Is this a feeling you have or do you have some data to present?

    From what I understand there's been plenty of innovation in fields without patents, and that the economic impact of patents in all fields outside of medicine is overall negative.
    Aug 11 02:36 PM | Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Is It Time To Short Gold? [View article]
    Gold already has 500% future inflation baked in, it'll take a lot more printing to catch up, nevermind justify higher gold prices.
    Jun 26 01:16 PM | 1 Like Like |Link to Comment
  • Is It Time To Short Gold? [View article]
    I know a lot of people who sold silverware they weren't using when silver was 50% higher just last year...

    Sell high, buy low I suppose.
    Jun 26 01:16 PM | Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Is It Time To Short Gold? [View article]
    Perhaps my understanding is skewed by film, but I think russian roulette is commonly played with revovlers, which have ~6 chambers.

    If it's a semi automatic with a round in the chamber, it wouldn't be russian roulette because there's nothing to spin.

    Anyway, buying gold near all-time highs also seems similarly risky, no? I mean given what has happened in the past every time gold has gotten to these levels (eventual massive collapse).
    Jun 26 01:16 PM | 1 Like Like |Link to Comment
  • Apple TV: To Infinity And Beyond [View article]
    That's price parity at ~one episode of 1 tv show per day, guess that's not terrible, but that's way below the consumption of the average american...
    Jun 19 11:45 PM | 1 Like Like |Link to Comment
  • Don't look now, but MarketWatch's Rex Nutting says the U.S. debt load is getting better, not worse. It was excessive debt - both private and public - that caused the 2008 financial meltdown. Years later we're still de-leveraging, but it's not as bad as it seems. In the 11 quarters since the recession officially ended, total domestic debt rose by $702B - just 1.4%. By contrast, in the 11 quarters before the recession began, those bubble years of 2005 - 2007, total debt increased by $10.7T - or 28%.  [View news story]
    That's because everyone else is (well was) buying gold, how about a nice bit of palladium or a ruby?
    Jun 8 10:47 PM | 2 Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Evidence Mounts That Deflation Is A Greater Risk Than Inflation [View article]
    To people looking to buy a home, there's already been massive deflation.

    Inflation and deflation are really relative to what it is you're buying as the prices for all things shift at different rates.
    Jun 7 12:15 AM | 1 Like Like |Link to Comment
  • Evidence Mounts That Deflation Is A Greater Risk Than Inflation [View article]
    Inflation forces people to either invest their money (which increases productivity), or buy things (which increases productivity).

    If you have deflation, everyone hordes their cash, because it becomes worth more and more. Then productivity decreases, business go under, and the spiral continues.

    Inflation also reduces the amount we owe other nations in real terms.
    Jun 7 12:15 AM | Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Time For Gold [View article]
    History also shows that it occasionally drops 80% in dollar value very quickly...
    Jun 6 12:35 AM | 1 Like Like |Link to Comment
  • Markets pick up Sunday evening where they left off Friday afternoon. S&P 500 futures -0.8%, German Dax futures -1%. The euro -0.2% to $1.2407. Gold flat. WTI crude -0.6% to $82.71.  [View news story]
    Maybe you're confused down there in Texas, but all presidents get taxpayer paid vacation time.

    Including Bush who took 3x as much vacation as Obama, and Reagan who took 50% more.

    I don't suppose you're really interested in facts though.
    Jun 4 01:06 AM | 1 Like Like |Link to Comment
  • Gold is edging up this morning, but remains down more than 6% for the month - its worst May performance since a 10% drop in 1982. The bulls are waiting for a trigger, says David Jollie, whether it be QE or maybe a period of EU stability. Stability? We're losing track. Is stability supposed to be good or bad for gold?  [View news story]
    Well since gold has 500% inflation baked into its price already, there's still a lot of money printing that could be done without there being a price increase.
    May 31 03:08 PM | Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Gold is edging up this morning, but remains down more than 6% for the month - its worst May performance since a 10% drop in 1982. The bulls are waiting for a trigger, says David Jollie, whether it be QE or maybe a period of EU stability. Stability? We're losing track. Is stability supposed to be good or bad for gold?  [View news story]
    That's what people were saying in April...
    May 31 12:06 PM | Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Gold: A Seismic Move Is Coming [View article]
    Right, because Star Wars totally forced the Russians to spend money on what exactly?
    May 24 02:18 PM | 1 Like Like |Link to Comment
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