Funny to see the old Psion Series 3 alongside
as this was the first platform that I knew that used the term App (even the extension .app)
Amazon is fighting back against an Apple lawsuit that charged the mega-etailer with using the term "App Store" without proper Cupertinian consent. In a response to Apple's lawsuit, which was filed on March 18 in the US District Court for the Northern District of California, Amazon says it needs no license or other …
...it's not an original or new idea unless Apple or Microsoft came up with it. Delay sensitive buttons, rounded corners with a black face, GUIs featuring mice, even the "app store" concept... I could go on.
Interesting on the .app extension though, for what it's worth however, Apple's ".app files" aren't really files in the usual sense...
vk4msl-mb:Applications stuartl$ uname -a
Darwin vk4msl-mb.local 10.7.0 Darwin Kernel Version 10.7.0: Sat Jan 29 15:17:16 PST 2011; root:xnu-1504.9.37~1/RELEASE_I386 i386
vk4msl-mb:Applications stuartl$ pwd
vk4msl-mb:Applications stuartl$ ls -l
drwxr-xr-x 3 root wheel 102 5 Apr 00:39 Address Book.app
drwxr-xr-x 3 root wheel 102 5 Apr 00:39 App Store.app
drwxr-xr-x 3 stuartl admin 102 2 Apr 2010 Audacity.app
drwxr-xr-x 3 root wheel 102 5 Apr 00:39 Automator.app
drwxr-xr-x 3 stuartl admin 102 18 Jul 2006 Bonjour Browser.app
... they're directories, treated as files by Apple's Finder. That said, the law suit as others have pointed out to me, was more about the name "app store" than the concept or the naming of the files.
On the latest conference call Tim Cook, the COO said:
“We continue to believe—and even more and more every day—that iPhone’s integrated approach is materially better than Android’s fragmented approach, where you have multiple OSes on multiple devices with different screen resolutions and ****multiple app stores**** with different rules, payment methods, and update strategies.”
The losing entity were forced to pay all costs in every case such as this one, wouldn't most companies begin to think twice before suing and counter suing each other? This age of mankind (assuming we survive our own stupidity), will be remembered, shamefully, as the age of the lawyer - they're the ones building big houses and driving expensive cars from all the litigation.
"The losing entity were forced to pay all costs in every case such as this one, wouldn't most companies begin to think twice before suing and counter suing each other?"
I doubt it: (1) it only doubles the stake; (2) if you win, it doubles the hurt to the opposing side; (3) you're still distracting the opposition's management and making their shareholders nervous. Same poker game, slightly different stakes.
Then I read the words "Sarah Palin" and "Twitter" and that sinking feeling was confirmed. Not only did an ignoramus come up with it but the wonders of modern communications technology allowed her to pollute the whole of cyberspace with it.
Dear all that missd the point, loosk like I'm going to have to explain it. "Refudiate" is being used in the context that Amazon are quoting the American Dialect Society for "app" being word of the year, which also named "Refudiate" the most unnecessary word of last year, much like the goings on with regard to these trademark infringement lawsuits.
What several of us are reacting to is how the hell the word got invented in the first place - see? You can even call our complaints contextual if you wish - the context being a certain regard for the mother tongue.
So, which category does "Palinism" come under then?
Definition - A form of homespun, Midwestern demagoguery and fear mongering comprised of a stream of logically unrelated and unsupported talking points uttered by an attractive woman with nice cans and a presumably fine ass intended to engender loyalty among those inspired by demagoguery, non-sequitors, a great smile, nice tits and a presumably fine ass. (apol. Urban Dictionary)
Do I sense a new "Sarah Palin" icon in amongst the choices in the near future?
That said, it's a worry that El Reg staffers should be resorting to expletives in order to get their point across. Have the English standards slipped that far? It's a wonder the grammar/spelling nazis didn't pounce on that too.
I for one didn't get too hung up on these additions to the English language. Making up more interesting words sounds an awful lot better than people just throwing a heap of foul language together... if we keep doing that I can see us communicating using some combination of growls and grunts in years to come.
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