Tuesday, August 28, 2012
Personal update, Apple vs Samsung, and Armstrongs
Had 2 weeks of "house arrest" as our housemaid went home for a visit. My wife and I did most of the houseworks and taking care of our two boys. Spending time with them was good, but it was very exhausted as well, with all the cooking, feeding, cuddling, diaper-changing, washing, bathing, playing, lecturing, monitoring, etc. Just didn't have time for anything else, that's why I didn't post anything in that period. I barely had time to use my iPad to view Facebook and few sites only. We were only able to manage to trip out as a family to do some slight window-shopping and go to a family photo section, not much else. Nonetheless, that doesn't mean that I lost touch with what's going on in the world, that's why I've something to say here.
Apple vs Samsung
The verdict is out and Apple won! Samsung is supposed to pay Apple more than a billion dollar, but as many news critics or columnists have said. That billion dollar is not the key as that's just jump change for either companies. What really matter is how this case would change the development of smartphone/tablet from now on. I agree that Samsung and the rest of Android phone makers will start to develop phones that would work around Apple's patents in the upcoming batch of phones. As that would take time, so the coming cycle of new phones/tablets would be slowed down a bit. That should give some breathing room to Apple given its current 1 year of product cycle. However, I just don't know how much Samsung, HTC, LG, and the rest can/will do for that work around, given that the core of their product is Google Android. If Google doesn't make the corresponding changes as well, that won't make no difference as most of phones/tablets these days are basically bricks with a large screen! It will be interested to see how Google will respond to that.
In addition, I don't agree that the case will benefit MS Window 8 phones/tablet. I just don't think that Android users will flop to MS camp for the hiccup in Android. I would say they will go back to Apple iOS camp instead. Cuz, to me, MS is whole different species. Also, I think we need to pay close attention to 2 other related issues. First is the progress of similar case in Europe, cuz the results could be different, also Android has a much bigger market there than in the US. Second is the next step of Apple, would it sue Google? I'm not sure if they would, if they both can sit down and talk though I doubt that would happen given Steve is gone and I'm not sure Tim Cook would have a coffee with Eric Schmitt at Starbucks. But, instead, I think Google will voluntary back-off a bit and change Android enough to stay away being sued by Apple. I think both companies would think that suing each other is not good publicity given both are American success stories.
According to wikipedia, "In June 2012, the U.S. Anti-Doping Agency (USADA) officially charged Lance Armstrong with having used illicit performance enhancing drugs,based on blood samples from 2009 and 2010 as well as the testimony of other cyclists. Armstrong originally attempted to challenge this in the Texas Supreme Court, claiming that his right to due process was being violated and that USADA did not have jurisdiction over the case. On August 20, 2012, US District Judge Sam Sparks dismissed the case. On August 23, 2012, Armstrong announced that he would not be fighting the USADA's charges.Later that day the USADA confirmed in a statement that Armstrong was banned for life and would be disqualified from any and all competitive results obtained on and subsequent to August 1, 1998, including forfeiture of any medals, titles, winnings, finishes, points and prizes."
I'm not cyclist myself, but I think that's just harsh to an athlete who had done so much to the sport and is now fighting cancer. Drugs can help if he did take it, but he still needed go through a lot of training and hardship to win. I just don't think it is right given his current condition. Just let go would be more humane I think.
Another Armstrong, Neil Armstrong, the first man left a footprint on the moon died last week at the age of 82. With all the controversy or conspiracy or secret related to the NASA related to the Apollo mission, I think they are recorded somewhere in some 'Dark files', but the personal experiences and thought related to those missions, except those being made public, certainly gone with Neil's death. Let this science and space legend and pioneer R.I.P.!