Town Square

Post a New Topic

Apple vs. Google

Original post made by Steve, Old Palo Alto, on Mar 14, 2010

There was a 4 page article in the New York Times last week about Palo Alto's most famous resident and his war with that company on the other side of Highway 101: Web Link

Is this healthy competition? A personal grudge match? Is it good or bad for the industry? Is this "World War III" being over-hyped by the media just to sell more newspapers?

Comments (1)

 +   Like this comment
Posted by Anon.
a resident of Crescent Park
on Mar 15, 2010 at 3:12 am

Competition is good or consumers. In the US lately everything is so corporately consolidated no one can do anything unless it is through a huge company, that is why despite the appears of change and progress we really have little of it, or less of it than we would, and mostly based around legal considerations.

Why does the world still not have an alternative to Microsoft and Apple in all these many decades? No one can navigate through the legal jungle of bringing another OS to market, its impossible. Linux is nice for servers, but at this point how many end users use Linux?

It was nice when Linux was OpenSource and free, but that has been effectively stopped as well. Used to be your could download the entire OS, now it is a bit tricky and there are many different branches and agreements.

Even MySQl the best free database software system is about to be swallowed up by Oracle who cannnot stand that MySQl exists and takes billions away from their effective DBMS monopoly. They are so desperate they are willing to spend the money to buy Sun Microsystems, another US failure company, full of people who have taken Sun's expertise and gone overseas.

Let the chips fall where they may, and open businesses and industry up for real compeititon. Lawyers and poliicans for hire do not help anyone except those that already have too much money and power.

What we ought to do is to lower the effective time of patents to 5 years, that is enough these days for someone to get their compensation before progress moves on anyway. The shorter patent life with spur growth and innovation like no stimulus bill can, and break the hold of companies that paralyze the whole world's economy with there legal threats. let the world change and reform correctly under this new rapid pace of change instead of trying to hold everything back legally so every penny can be milked from something and controlled before anyone else can bring a better idea to market.

Read the US Constitution about what the patent system is supposed to do and you can easily see without being an expert in law or technology that it is just a way to bolster the status quo and monopolies.


Don't miss out on the discussion!
Sign up to be notified of new comments on this topic.

Email:


Post a comment

Posting an item on Town Square is simple and requires no registration. Just complete this form and hit "submit" and your topic will appear online. Please be respectful and truthful in your postings so Town Square will continue to be a thoughtful gathering place for sharing community information and opinion. All postings are subject to our TERMS OF USE, and may be deleted if deemed inappropriate by our staff.

We prefer that you use your real name, but you may use any "member" name you wish.

Name: *

Select your neighborhood or school community: * Not sure?

Comment: *

Verification code: *
Enter the verification code exactly as shown, using capital and lowercase letters, in the multi-colored box.

*Required Fields

Cho's, beloved dim sum spot, to reopen in Los Altos
By Elena Kadvany | 8 comments | 5,566 views

Why I Became Active in Palo Alto Forward
By Steve Levy | 10 comments | 2,118 views

Early Decision Blues
By John Raftrey and Lori McCormick | 0 comments | 1,618 views

Guest Post from HSSV: Adopt a Naughty Dog!
By Cathy Kirkman | 1 comment | 1,401 views

First Interview
By Sally Torbey | 5 comments | 737 views