09.03.11

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Apple Tries Claiming That It Owns Android

Posted in Apple, FUD, GNU/Linux, Google, SCO at 8:44 pm by Dr. Roy Schestowitz

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Summary: Apple adopts SCO-like tactics against Linux and rebuttals are posted to show Apple’s nerve

NOT so long before Android was born, Rubin had escaped Microsoft's destructive hand (Rubin is like the Torvalds of Android) and Apple is currently trying to spin what Android really is, pretty much in the same way SCO tried to spin what Linux was, claiming fraudulently (without evidence) that Linux had been derived from its (actually Novell’s) UNIX. As a little reminder, the SCO case seems to be just about over:

Legal experts at Groklaw said that, technically, SCO can ask the US Supreme Court to hear a further appeal, but the specialists expect that such a motion would most likely be rejected without a hearing by the US Supreme Court.

Those who keep an eye on an anti-Android lobbyists will notice a new pattern of FUD. Apple is trying to claim that Android started or was conceived at Apple and the best rebuttal we’ve found so far can be found here. It says:

Apple which lost its case against Android in Europe seems to be getting desperate. Anti-Android propaganda machine now wants the press to believe that Android started at Apple. Why? Just because Andy Rubin, Android creator, once worked at Apple.

The claim is laughable as Andy was a low-level engineer at Apple between 1989-1992, with seemingly no access to the core projects. That was the time when Apple did not even have a clear future, let alone having any concept of the iPhone or the iPad.

It’s sounds more ludicrous because even if there is remotest of the remote possibility that Apple was even thinking of any such device in 1989 it would be extremely secretive about it and someone as low as Andy would never have access to it.

Big companies don’t work the way these propagandists want us to think. Do you think ever engineer at Microsoft gets access to the entire code of Windows 7? No. They get to see only one or two unrelated parts of it. It’s like working at Boeing and all you get to see is a nut. You can’t get inspiration of 747 from a nut, or can you?

Just like SCO, Apple is losing to Linux, so we expect to see many lies being spread. We sure need to counter those. Muktware does a decent job.

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  1. Michael said,

    September 3, 2011 at 9:01 pm

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    If the best evidence against Apple is what you quoted, then there is no evidence against Apple. The “evidence” gives reasons as to why he would not have had access to the full source code – but Apple never claimed he did.

    So what you call the “best evidence” is evidence against a straw man.

    Still, while he may have gotten some ideas at Apple, I find it hard to believe he got that much from Apple. Apple would need to show specific ideas they believe he got from them. There are other accusations against Rubin, by other companies, that he has misused the IP he has had access to, but I do not know if he actually did wrong there, either. Maybe he has a pattern of this, or maybe Apple figures the since he has this history it helps their story.

    The bottom line is we do not know if he did or did not do wrong. I am honest about this – you dishonesty pretend you already know the answer.

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