Software patents and related lawsuits have been a major topic in the technology press in recent months. Patent trolls are trying to get a piece of the lucrative App Store economy by going after independent developers, and the industry heavy hitters like Apple, Google, and Microsoft are spending billions (seriously; no I mean it) to beef up their patent portfolios in an all-out arms race.
Fortunately, after many weeks of reading about how broken the U.S. patent system is, we were treated to some welcome comic relief today. Apparently, as part of a pending lawsuit between Apple and Samsung over design similarities between the Samsung Galaxy Tab and Apple’s iPad, Samsung cited devices featured in Stanley Kubrick’s 1969 sci-fi classic “2001: A Space Odyssey” as prior art that supersedes the iPad. FOSS Patents has the details.
On the one hand, Senna was a sensitive, articulate man who wore his heart on his racing sleeve, someone your own heart can’t help but go out to as he tries to maintain a sense of decency and dignity in cut-throat surroundings. But Senna was also the fiercest competitor imaginable, someone who lived to win and never hesitated to push cars beyond their designed capabilities. Triumphing at Formula One, he tells one interviewer, is “something so strong, like a drug. Once you experience it, you search for it all the time.”
I can’t wait to check this out.