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Oh Judge Koh, You Asian Wonder, Won’t You Be My Valentine?

Despite what follows in this post, it isn’t a rant on Apple, it’s a mere ‘neener neener, your the loser you wheeer!’. (<– too immature?)

Things just keep getting better and the year’s still in its first quarter. Well Apple decided to take up a ‘Wilful Infringement’ case ages ago after Samsung had somewhat unintelligently did a bit of copy cat work on Apple but thanks yo the Asian beauty that is Judge Lucy Koh Samsung will not suffer any more financial squeeze. Read it all here and make what sense you will of it. She says;

“To the extent that Apple does address lost downstream sales, Apple discusses only Samsung’s gains and makes no attempt to identify any specific losses Apple has suffered,” U.S. District Court Judge Lucy Koh wrote in her ruling”

This makes me happy for 2 reasons. First, Apple didn’t win. By now you must have realised my somewhat ‘unbiased’ distaste for all things of the ‘i’ category. If you haven’t please click on herehere and here (exits are to your left and at the far end of the browser). Second, it means Samsung won’t have an excuse to lay out their new line of flexible OLED screens which I’ve pissed and crapped my pants amongst other bodily fluids, in anticipation.

Also just for the hell of it watch this too;

How awesome are handheld devices about to become!? I can’t freaking wait! I really can’t! I mean all these patent wars are an honest waste of time in my opinion and that of this post. It’s diverting their creative expertise away from what’s important; creating ‘Pew-Pew’ laser pistols , or hover boards (because driving and guns are too mainstream yo).

To cut this story short, I really would like to take her out on a date and serenade her in ways the law would label ‘barely legal’. If I don’t make any post in a while…my significant other has hospitalized me.

– Myhonestopinions

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In a World Where Sin is Punishable: The Fate of Two Worlds

Hey there reader (however many you are) I’d like to take this time to apologise to you on not writing anything for a long, long time. Life has been overly busy and frankly when that stopped I decided to take an unwarranted long break. However, I’m back now and those of you wonderful people still reading this blog (or at least receiving notifications) I would like to say thank you kindly for your time – and patience. Now, let us proceed to the main gist.

The first bit is always the sweetest, the next one contains the worm' - Anonymous

‘The first bite is always the sweetest, the next one contains the worm’ – Anonymous

I’ve always wondered why First World countries had it better than the Third World countries development-wise. I mean humans are humans no matter where and it should be a normal series of events that the best is achieved over time. However I came to realise that it wasn’t so simple. Some people were greedy, they wanted their interests met and did not care for the interest of others; selfish people. Don’t get me wrong I don’t mind selfishness. I am of the belief that all actions are inherently selfish and the positive effect on others, to no others detriment is what qualifies this as a selfless act, most of the time. Despite there being similar resources in the world, enough to sufficiently sort out problems for both, one prospered and the other didn’t…or refused to.

“To every action there is always an equal and opposite reaction: or the forces of two bodies on each other are always equal and are directed in opposite directions.” – Newton’s 3rd Law of Motion

First of all;

How to Train a Child

‘’As a child I heard I wasn’t very mischievous (that changed drastically when I grew up). I was a calm and loveable kid with very little care in the world, as all children are wont to be in their parent’s eyes. I remember this one time when my father returned from work and it was custom to welcome him home. I didn’t at the time as I was glued to the television screen. Johnny Bravo was on at the time and quite frankly the prospect of getting off the sofa was beyond me and besides, my dad coming home didn’t seem as important as Johnny and his escapades.

In hind sight, I really should have got off the couch, Johnny could have waited. My dad called me and asked why I hadn’t welcomed him home or at least acknowledged that he’d just come back from his journey. Now I couldn’t say ‘’Johnny was chasing a woman.’’ That would have been stupid – coupled with previous stupidity. Long story short, I got a terribly painful two-finger slap to the cheek. It hurt so bad! I cried my eyes out.

Now, 16 odd years later, every time my dad comes home, I make it my sworn duty to welcome him. Lesson learned’’

~0~

I got that story from someone I know quite personally and found it very funny.  It also might help give you an idea of what I might be talking about in this blog. Now take your time, a few seconds and picture what your parents did to you when you were a child and misbehaved (and I’m hoping they did teach you right from wrong) OK? Good. Now imagine if they rewarded that kind of behaviour instead. How would you have turned out?

Quite recently in a heated debate about the Third World – Africa mainly – I realised that there’s a reason why no matter how much money/oil/natural resources possibility of real GDP growth, Foreign Aid from Western countries and so on, most of these countries are still, for the most part, underdeveloped – by global standards – and/or highly corrupt. If anyone knows anything about economics, Third World countries, despite not being the most technologically advanced countries in the world, do not actually have to put in any real effort to meet up. They don’t need to invest in innovation or wait long years to see the fruits of their labour in any real, human-impacting research. They could literally ‘catch-up’ to more robust and developed economies and well, be as good as they are or simply be ‘the best that they can be.’ The resources are there, so is the technology. And not just in the economy, but in its legal frameworks, its healthcare system and so on. Making what I’d like to think would be a very much individualised clone of the Western or Eastern economies. It’s just a theory, true, but that’s somehow worked for some Asian and African economies (Indonesia, China, Ghana etc. ). What then makes and keeps a country as corrupt as it is? It’s simple, in my opinion, unbelievably so. It’s a beautiful thing called ‘Lack of Consequence.

I mean take time out to go to this website. A lot of the countries, despite being advanced (I use that term very loosely) are still the most corrupt according to the Corruption Perception Index. The bottom 10 or Top 10 most corrupt countries are mostly African and Asian. Despite their economic growth spurt they haven’t changed in the past decade.

I’ll use Ghana’s as an example. Despite gaining independence in 1957, the country’s continuously scored quite low in the corruption index. The results are partly, if not mostly, blamed on a Mr Kwame Nkrumah (which I think is a rather cool name) who up and became Overlord of Ghana in 1960 and thus began his legacy of corruption and coup d’états which spanned almost 2 decades.  Whatever his motivations were, they were detrimental to the country’s progress and although it took a while for anyone to do anything about it a Mr J. Rawlings finally did. Ironically, he did so with an initially failed coups d’état. His successful attempt at cleaning up the country of its deep seated corrupt ways resulted in the killing of quite a bit of the politicians and judges all under Overlord Nkrumah’s tyrannical regime.

What’s the lesson here? People will do whatever they damn well please until someone or something stops them from doing so or Newton’s First Law of Motion. The only reason Overlord Nkrumah managed to stay in power so long was because no one could make him answer to anything. Not the people, not the law, nothing! He had nothing stopping him from doing as he pleased. What does one do then? Make sure that if a president is stupid enough to think himself overlord in his country, ignoring the fact that he was voted in by the masses, that said masses will unite and pull him/her down never to rise again. Ensure that there are very serious implications for betraying the trust that people have placed in them.

I won’t say, or better yet, I can’t say that this is in and of itself the entirety of moving a nation forward, it’s a whole lot more complex than that but as in the case of Ghana it was a very large step, possibly a run forwards. However, reprimands for unlawful or unethical action towards any one nation and a smallest bit of patriotism, in my opinion, is a very necessary resource if any one nation is to advance and start becoming ‘the best that they can be’.

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Apple Justice; With Love From The Brits

It is with great pleasure and excitement,  gloating and pettiness that I write this relatively short piece. If you’re a regular here, you should remember my previous write-up on the ‘Samsung-Apple Patent Wars‘ (<— if not clickity-click!) on how Samsung got a bit of revenge on Apple since they lost.

Well, not to my surprise, the UK ruled in favour of Samsung on the Samsung Tab. I mean did you really expect America to rule against Apple? Apple is an American company. Americans are nothing if not patriotic and Sir Patriot demands that they protect Apple vigorously irrespective of how silly they are most times. The ruling showed that Samsung had not indeed infringed on copyright with their Galaxy Tab. Click the HERE for the whole schpill!

Remember this is a piece on me being petty. So the most amazing part of the ruling is that Apple have been forced to apologise to Samsung; a feat which proved to hard for the arrogant techies at Apple. In a statement on their website they ‘apologise’ to Samsung without really doing so. Basically saying ”Well we accept your ruling, but you’re obviously wrong’. Sounds a bit Like Sheldon from the Big Bang Theory no?  As it was an unsatisfactory and poorly-written, barely noticeable they were told to amend it. To make matters worse and even more annoying, after a few days they’ve refused to do so. Thank goodness ‘Cap’n Englund‘ came around and corrected their devious ways! (see how) In a nutshell, Apple have to grovel (not really, that’s just how I imagine it) and embarrass themselves( in my opinion) the world over by advertising the apology on mainstream magazines. They did so in the issue f The Guardian and it was just lame. Barely worth it. I can’t help but feel let down by Apple really. The one thing they could have done right by me and they mess it up. (-_-) – not cool Apple, not cool.

To be honest, I’m not really surprised all that fame can get to one’s head quite easily. One day the bad Apple will fall off the tree. I just hope no one’s there to catch it.

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Letter to Tim Cook; Yes! Apple, You Did it Again; You’ve Given The World A Whole Lot Of Nothing.

Dear Apple,

Just to let you know;

 “If you don’t innovate, you may survive today, but you’ll die tomorrow”

Sanjay Dalal, 

I don’t like you Apple. I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again; I don’t like Apple. Your marketing is good but that’s it. You really don’t know how to innovate or have, along the way – a long way away – forgotten how to. Before I go into this letter true and proper, I’d like to remind you folks at Apple what innovation is;

”The introduction of new goods, new methods of production, the opening of new markets, the conquest of new sources of supply, and the carrying out of a new organization of any industry” – Joseph Schumpeter

With the revelation of the iPhone and iPad (hardly) Apple was seen as a truly innovative company. You opened a new market (sort of) competition was fierce amongst your peers and life was good for all in the land of Technology. I even ignored your price tags and let you get away Scott-free. However, with the introduction of the iPhone 5 you proved that, unsurprisingly, you really can’t do so any more. I mean you continuously and without fail, vomit the same product over and over again each time making it slimmer and lighter making me fail to see a distinguishing difference between you and a bulimic patient. Of course eventually it gets to a point where you can’t even do so anymore and you’re so skinny that you can’t function properly anymore and well…you die.

When last did you give your devoted iFans anything significantly new? (If you’re an ‘Apple-ite’ or ‘iFan’ and you’re reading this, try and be honest with yourself and Apple. When last did they give you a new toy to play with?) I can’t help but think Apple went along with a very different opinion of ‘innovation’. It’s painfully pathetic how iFans seem to think that you always give them what they want from the newer iPhone models. I said it before but they wouldn’t know the difference between the first iPhone and the next ones unless you at Apple told them what it was. Honestly these marketing people over at ‘Late Steve Jobs’ – inherited by Tim Cook – crib have successfully legalized brainwashing people. How else can you explain it? How else?! If you think I’m lying just watch this;

It’s bad isn’t it? In all this I can’t really blame just you now can I? If your fan base were smart enough (or poor enough in some cases) they’d know to demand much more from you. Sadly, they don’t or you haven’t (and I doubt you ever will) told them to do so. After all, Apple knows best and what’s Apple says, iFans listen and obey.

An interesting blog I read on creativity turf by Ojie KING called Apple a rock star. I agree!! You really are a ‘Rock Star’ company! Do what you please, screw over who you please (Think law suits) demand what you want, when you want and how you want it. True rocks stars. A few names that come to mind are Elvis Presley, Jimmy Hendrix and Johnny Ace to name but a myopic few. What have these guys got in common apart from stardom that exceeded the natural limits? Terrible endings, my dear Apple, very poor and terrible endings. Elvis Presley died from a drug over dose, Jimmy Hendrix died (or was murdered) from ‘drowning’ in wine and finally Johnny Ace shot himself in the head. You and Ace are spot on similar in that you’re committing suicide. At least Ace has the excuse of being drunk At the rate your ‘bulimia’ is progressing you don’t have much longer to live. Might I just add that bringing out the new iPod touch (or a further iPad) will not help with your disease.

I promise I’ll miss you terribly Apple for without you what’s an honest pro-innovation person like myself supposed to use as sample material of ‘‘How NOT to ‘innovate’ ‘’? There’s still time to change and become relatively useful to the world.

Yours truly,

Myhonestopinions WordPress

P.S – People are starting to catch on.

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Fact: Men Hate Shopping (Well Most Men)…There’s A Solution! Read On.

Today’s a short one because I really don’t have the time to do more that this really. So here we go…

NOW as a man/guy/dude/bloke/whatever!, the only time we go ‘shopping’ is  for

  • video games
  • When there is INDEED an actual NEED for clothing!
  • And most important, FOOD

Any other time is really stressful, seriously stressful! You ever seen a man enjoy shopping with ‘The Wife’ or ‘His Girl’? NO! Not even when his enjoying being with her…We don’t, we’re not programmed to do so. Ever noticed that all of us look the same exact way after the first hour?…..

I seriously recommend not trying to change us. The frustration that will ensue will upset you so much you’d rather get your face chewed off or something. Then again, can you really blame us? I mean how hard can it be to maybe, just maybe get the item you came for??? Look at the picture you’ll know what I mean!

Shopping

Typical shopping of the sexes

Most men just seeing that are probabbly nodding in agreement right now. However,if you’re a girl and you’re nodding right now because your lad is the one who does the ‘Women’ Section.That’s sad dude, ya needs to grow a pair! Your girl’s ovaries are larger than yours!

So anyway you get the idea of what YOU’RE like when you shop. Way too many unecessary movements. If we played Call Of Duty you’d be the character who randomly pops out everywhere and anywhere getting killed all the time. It ain’t tactical or effiecient in the least bit. It’s a waste of energy and as I said before the reason we usually do it is to please you and avoid the associated qualms involved in not doing so…..oh, and to spend time with you of course! 😀

Now men, I had an epiphany one day and figured out what one can do about all of this, easy key phrases that might ease the experience. When she says;

  1. ‘How do I look?’ – You smile, look at her and kiss her! <insert nice words here>
  2. ‘Does it fit right?’ – You smile, look her in the eye and kiss her! <insert nice words here>
  3. Any other question…you guessed it, repeat above instructions!
  4. ‘Does this make me look fat?’ – CODE RED: fake a phone call, sickness, SOMETHING!! Get the hell out of there!!!

Trust me guys it works! It really does.

On the other hand if you do like looking good but can’t be bothered with the herculean task of shopping then trust me, I’ve got a solution for you!The other day, I asked my friend to help me through the hell hole of boredom that is indeed shopping and I realised that this is indeed what I do every single time! There is usually (most of the time) a female there to help me do the shopping. I just let them do the selecting, let my brain wonder to what it usually does and I emerge with awesome clothing. The girls get the chance to shop, your mind is busy with your hand-held systems (smartphone, psp, Nintendo DS), or let your brain do all the important things it does normally (Call of Duty, sports, women, food…your pick).

And there you have it! Put this into practice and thank me later. However, on the odd chance that you’re a girl and your lad puts you through all this. My heart goes out to you, it really does. On that note, cheeriooooo!!!

P.S.-  Apparently our habits stem from way back when: (http://www.soxfirst.com/50226711/men_buy_women_shop.php)

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