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The Tek 0018: Game Developers vs Windows 8, Mars Rover Landing, Apple VS Samsung

This week we have a contest to win a gaming mouse. Also, Apple VS Samsung, Game Developers VS Windows, and Console VS PC. It's a VS kinda week.

Here are the unedited links and notes:

Internet/ Culture/ Software

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Shatner and Wheaton to Narrate the NASA Mars Curiosity Rover Video
 
NASA needs more press... everyone is too busy looking at cat pictures... So, Wheaton and Shatner have narrated the Curiosity video... now watch it spread:
 
Also, Broadcasting the Mission from TIMES SQUARE!
 
Windows 8 NOW
available online OCT 26th... Store open now:
 
The PC Gaming World Against Windows 8:
First, what is MS doing? Are they closing their platform? They have not directly said anything yet...
  • Windows 8 is taking a page from Apple and Google. They are creating their own app store.
  • They will keep 30% of the revenue on any transaction occurring through their platform but will reduce the fee to 20% after $25,000 in sales
 
 
Notch says: "If Microsoft decides to lock down Windows 8, it would be very, very bad for Indie games and competition in general," he said. "If we can keep open platforms around, there's going to be a lot of very interesting games in ten years, mixed in with the huge AAA games that we all love."
 
Gabe says: I think that Windows 8 is kind of a catastrophe for everybody in the PC space

Rob Pardo of Blizzard replied to Gabe in a tweet: "Windows 8 is not awesome for Blizzard either."
 
On the flip side... Richard Stallman (GNU Founder) had some things to say about Steam on Linux:
 
 
Legal & Policy
Verizon can no longer charge for tethering

Homeland Security issuing DMCA takedowns on YT to stifle speech

Apple VS Samsung
 
RANT:30 - Suing Each Other Over Rectangles, Wedge Shaped Devices, and Electronic Lists


Kevin Packingham, Samsung's Chief Product Officer, says when asked about design patents:
 
"In terms of patents, we have a made lot of contributions in the design space as well. I would say the patents we’re struggling with — where there’s a lot of discussion and litigation right now — are around these very broad design patents like a rectangle. For us, it’s unreasonable that we’re fighting over rectangles, that that’s being considered as an infringement, which is why we’re defending ourselves... ... we have design patents as well, but they’re not as simple as the rectangle. And so that’s where I think you see a little bit of this challenge.  In some cases, for most of us in the industry, it’s defying common sense. We’re all scratching our heads and saying, “How is this possible that we’re actually having an industry-level debate and trying to stifle competition?” Consumers want rectangles and we’re fighting over whether you can deliver a product in the shape of a rectangle.
 
Logically, as an engineering and manufacturing company, it makes more sense to focus on the things that are really relevant and we think are truly intellectual property. They are truly unique, and have come intrinsically out of the investments we made in R&D. A rectangle did not come out of R&D investment that we’ve made. Some of our products happen to be in the shape of a rectangle, but I wouldn’t consider that to be an art or a science that we’ve created."
 
Patents on software and design are there to protect a company's investment... in R&D, etc. Not to stifle innovation and disrupt the competition. 
 
Good read -  Judge Richard Posner, an author and federal appeals court judge, writes  "Why There are Too Many Patents in America":http://www.theatlantic.com/business/archive/2012/07/why-there-are-too-many-patents-in-america/259725/
 
Judge calls the lawsuits 'Ridiculous,' 'Silly,' 'Arrogant'
 
Valve Blocks Class Action Lawsuits
 
Gaming - Intelligent PC vs Console debate... VS MAKS!
 
OUYA getting FF3:
 
Bethesda taking over Stalker?
 

The Contest: Apple is suing everyone. Tim Cook even said, "Why should we do all the work and let everyone else benefit from it..." as if they invented the rectangle... or the touch screen... or gorilla glass... or sleek style.

Tell me what they have created on their own. Name one thing. The first person to come up with one thing that they have totally created on their own (since Woz left) will win a SteelSeries Kana gaming mouse.

Story: 
posted 1 year 8 months ago

The one thing Apple created on their own was Steve Jobs' casket, made of silver brushed aluminum embossed with the Apple Logo. But I don't need the mouse.

Also, Logan, inform me on when I'm clear to write reviews again.

posted 1 year 8 months ago

I got excited and pre-maturely posted on the wrong section of ther fourms :(

Sorry about that I am new to these fourms but I'm loving the content teksyndicate pumps out.

So for the apple challenge at 22:09 I believe thunderbolt is an original apple invention please correct me if I'm wrong. 

posted 1 year 8 months ago

Steve Sheepington, obvious troll is obvious.

posted 1 year 8 months ago

thunderbolt was developed by intel but apple held the patent for it at one point i beleive.

posted 1 year 8 months ago

something that apple invented without copying others is unrepairable laptop

posted 1 year 8 months ago

Xserve
posted 1 year 8 months ago

6:50 has got to be the worst pun ever.

posted 1 year 8 months ago

Nice thing about consoles: Portability and native splitscreen. Yes, you can build a portable(itx) PC, but in order to get it down to the size of a console you will be sacrificing versatility and power.

posted 1 year 8 months ago

Bloody youtube captioning

posted 1 year 8 months ago

Where can I watch that Obama video Logan talked about in this video? The one about America not being evil and new world order and such.

posted 1 year 8 months ago

The mouse?

posted 1 year 8 months ago

Quick comment on the Obama thing, they didn't find how to censor the internet, they censored Youtube. That is all. If they could, they wouldn't constantly be trying to pass ludicrous bills to outrightly infringe on our rights if they could do it covertly. We have the choice to not use it, There are many alternatives as you obviously know.

posted 1 year 8 months ago

Does anyone here remembers the good old Apple Extended Keyboard with Alps switches?

posted 1 year 8 months ago

They made a very expensive very ncie display but very shitty everything els laptop! BOOM! send me that mouse! (Joking)

posted 1 year 8 months ago

Apple Lisa 

Apple Lisa 2

Macintosh

 

 

posted 1 year 8 months ago

what the hell is going on with the video...after 3 seconds it just pops to the right and you can see anything

 

posted 1 year 8 months ago

Logan... in the bottom left hand side of the video... is that an old school cd rom disc changer for a pc? lol?

 

posted 1 year 8 months ago

I would like to know what was edited out towards the end of the video.

posted 1 year 2 months ago

Great video! I love the Tek episodes!

posted 7 months 3 weeks ago

The US does not own the internet.