Strange Dream that could be a TV ad

Okay, so I have been playing this game called Planetside now for a little over nine years. Last night I had the strangest dream. It goes like this…

I was at a shopping center and I suddenly saw an AMS (Advanced Mobile Spawn) drop from the sky and the little bubble pop over it. Then tons of Vanu Sovereignty soldiers start pouring out of it and running towards the Dollar Store. I ran back to our base which was a treehouse, climbed up the tree, grabbed some weapons and jumped down and got into my Reaver, which was a Dodge Charger. I flew the Charger over to the shopping center, bailed out and launched an Orbital Strike (OS) which killed the VS AMS but also completely annihilated the shopping center. That’s all I remember.

I think I am going insane…either that or it was the dill pickles I ate before bedtime. But I should add this is the second gaming related dream I have had in a month or so…

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So sick of Apple getting the heat

Recently a friend of mine was bitching about Apple patenting the “wedge” shape of the MacBook Air. He simply doesn’t understand how they patent the wedge.

Well my friend, they are not patenting the wedge, they are patenting the wedge shape/design of the MacBook Air. And the reason people are making such a big deal about it is because Apple is in the spotlight right now with record sales of their devices and computers. Apple is succeeding and people don’t like that, they are jealous of their success and innovative spirit. By patenting the design of their MacBook Air, they are protecting their intellectual property. If you spent a lot of time making something beautiful and unique (and until Apple introduced the MacBook Air, that wedge shape WAS UNIQUE), you would want to protect your design.

This act of protecting ones design is nothing new! For example…

  • 1836  – Samuel Colt patented the revolving gun/revolver.
  • 1837 – Thomas Davenport patented the electric motor.
  • 1930 – Clarence Birdseye patents the frozen TV dinner.
  • 1955 – George DeMestrel patents Velcro.
  • 1958 – Charles P. Ginsburg and Shelby F. Henderson patent the video tape recorder.

And there are plenty more where that came from!

And as far as technology companies are concerned, Apple is not the only company suing other companies over patent and design infringements. Let’s take a look at a few examples…

  1. In May 2012, Nokia sued HTC, RIM and ViewSonic for Patent infringements.
  2. In October 2011 an IT firm sued Dell, Acer and Asus.
  3. In February 2011, LG sues Sony over patent infringements in their PS3 gaming console.
  4. In March 2011, Microsoft sued Barnes & Noble over patent infringements in their Android tablet.

As for patenting things to the teeth, how about checking out the links below. You will notice that Samsung and Dell both have patents for things that don’t make much sense. That’s because sense has nothing to do with it. It’s all about protecting your intellectual property, the things you have engineered and want to protect from people copying them.

DELL PATENTS : http://www.dell.com/content/topics/global.aspx/corp/patents/enus?c=us&l=en&s=gen&~section=04

SAMSUNG PATENTS: http://www.latestpatents.com/samsung-patent-applications-published-on-05-july-2012/

So the next time you want to burn Apple for trying to protect their family jewels, think for a moment about all the companies and inventors out there who have done the same thing to protect theirs. Just because an Apple employee can’t take a shit without the media reporting on it doesn’t make Apple a bad company. If anything, they are one of the best companies in the world.

SOURCES:

http://mashable.com/2011/03/21/microsoft-sues-barnes-noble/
http://www.uspat.com/historical/
http://www.tomshardware.com/news/patent-infringement-lawsuit-memory-storage-patent,13726.html
http://www.wired.com/threatlevel/2011/02/sony-victim-or-infringer/
http://www.pcmag.com/article2/0,2817,2403869,00.asp