I’m really ashamed of my days of being an Apple loyalist, encouraging people to consider Apple solutions, and fighting for the ‘little guy’ computer company.
That ‘little guy‘ I once championed, has since grown up to be a thug making immoral decisions that I no longer agree with.
Apple is causing me deep personal embarrassment as they strut about the digital playground smashing things that compete with their creations.
You know something’s wrong with a company’s decisions when you’re watching a Sacha Baron Cohen movie (The Dictator) and the opening scenes of winning a race by shooting the competition reminds you of Apple’s choices to force litigation/product bans vs. accepting a financial settlement with Samsung.
Samsung will fight the decision and have already announced that they will counter-sue Apple.
Since Samsung successfully defended themselves in many countries (Germany, Korea, Netherlands, and United Kingdom), winning court battles which ruled that they did not copy Apple’s designs, a counter suit and appeal are likely to change the situation drastically.
On top of everything else, jurors in this recent court case are already making headlines stating that they were unable to properly review all the evidence, and ignored the prior art evidence that proved Apple clearly copied others in it’s iPhone design.
The jury actually took a defensive role, putting themselves in the mindset of innovators defending their patents. Velvin Hogan, the 67 year old jury foreman, stated that the jury :
“wanted to send a message to the industry at large that patent infringing is not the right thing to do, not just Samsung.”
With any luck, the same feelings will hold true as Motorola (Google-rola?) continues it’s legal action against Apple’s unpaid patent uses.
Since the patents in the current lawsuit are non-essential, one would assume that Google-rola has the opportunity to give Apple a taste of how it feels to block a company’s products via legal nonsense.
However, the likely result will be that even after (2?) years of trying to get Apple to pay the licensing fees, Google-rola won’t turn-down an offer of fair payment, just to block all product sales, unlike Apple.
Speaking of a ban on products, Samsung is already talking about releasing updated products that are completely free of Apple’s patent bans.
Zero Day Java Vulnerability
According to a few reputable sources online, there’s a new browser-based exploit for Java that is ‘in the wild’ and a patch won’t be coming very soon.
When someone says ‘in the wild’ it means that there’s reports of the exploit being used publicly, which means that there’s a high risk of contact.
In this case the exploit has been used to remote-control Windows based PCs that visit websites with hidden code on certain pages. The hacker in this case picked a Chinese proxy/IP and the ‘control network’ is also believed to be located in Singapore.
Since ‘wise’ hackers usually pick a point of origin outside their own country, this info actually points to someone non-Chinese as the source of the hack.
While that exploit only works on Windows computers, the payload is totally independent of the hack, so the same strategy will work on any computer and any browser.
– type “chrome://plugins/” into your address bar
– go to “opera:plugins”
– on the plugins page, scroll down to Java(TM) Platform
– click on Disable
– also scroll down to Java Deployment Toolkit
– click on Disable
– press the Firefox button
– go to Add-ons
– go to Plugins
– click the “Disable” button next to anything named “Java”
Finally if you are using Internet Explorer, you probably don’t care, but here’s some recent instructions stolen from the help desk over at Indiana University:
To enable or disable Java in Internet Explorer:
From the Tools menu (or the Tools drop-down), select Internet options.
- Click the Programs tab, and then click Manage Add-ons.
- Highlight Java Plug-in.
- Click Disable or Enable (located under “Settings” in version 7), as applicable.
- Click OK twice.
From the Tools menu (or the Tools drop-down), choose Internet options.
- Click the Security tab.
- Click Custom Level…
- Scroll to the “Scripting” section of the list.
- For “Active Scripting”, click Disable or Enable.
- Click OK, and confirm if prompted.
- Close and restart your browser.