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11.05.12

Apple Hides Apology

Posted in Apple, Deception, FUD, GNU/Linux, Google at 12:23 pm by Dr. Roy Schestowitz

Apple apology

Summary: Apple continues to cheat and to dodge admission of guilt

Following apparent trial misconduct Apple is pulled back into the courtroom by Samsung. As Pamela Jones puts it:

If you imagined for one minute that the Apple v. Samsung litigation was over, think again.

Samsung is fighting hard, in what I’d describe as a D-Day, Normandy invasion, take-the-beach-at-all-costs style, fighting to the max over every inch. Perhaps that’s because the new lawyer added to the Samsung team from Quinn Emanuel, John Pierce, tasked with overseeing all the post-verdict motions, is an ex-Army officer. It definitely has that military feel.

I have a lot of documents to show you since our last look at developments, and the most important is a motion to compel [PDF] Apple to reveal when it first learned that the jury foreman “failed to disclose truthfully during voir dire that he had sued and been sued by his former employer, Seagate, despite the Court’s express question asking him whether he had ever been a party to any litigation”.

Apple recently lost its case against Samsung here in the UK and it got reprimanded for issuing an “inaccurate” apology. This is what former Microsoft staff fails to see, for the bias is usually obvious. The apology was all along faulty [1, 2, 3, 4, 5] and it is no accident but very much deliberate. As people in Reddit point out:

Here’s the code that is on the UK version of the site;
var HeroResize=AC.Class({initialize:function(b){this._height=null;this._hero=$(b);
AC.Object.synthesize(this);this.__boundResizeHero=this.resizeHero.bindAsEventListener(this);
if(typeof window.ontouchstart===”undefined”){this.resizeHero();Event.observe(window,”resize”,this.__boundResizeHero)
}},setHeight:function(b){this._height=(b<0)?0:b;return this._height},resizeHero:function(){this.setHeight(parseInt(window.innerHeight||(window.document.documentElement.clientHeight||window.document.body.clientHeight),10)-310); this.hero().style.height=this.height()+"px"}});Event.onDOMReady(function(){var b=new HeroResize("billboard") }); It is there specifically to get the bottom 310px of the website out of view. Independent of screen resolution. This is blatantly just to get the statement out of view from most people.

As another commenter points out:

This needs to be at top. Apple automatically resizes the image of ipad on UK-site depending on the browser-size so that visitors will have to scroll to see the apology.

“Doesn’t the UK have contempt charges for a case like this?”

That is another angry response, from one person among many who are utterly pissed off at Apple. Recent statistics for smartphones are referenced as saying that Apple has less than 15% of the market now, whereas Android has 75%.

To quote a more strongly worded response: “I think it’s childish and indicates that apple are a bunch of assholes. I never had a problem with the company before, but their manipulation of the legal system and now this is too much to ignore. It’s like the thrashings of someone drowning, trying to pull themselves up, but instead forcing others down with them.”

Well, this is like the Streisand effect, where Apple’s attempts to hide a notice that’s embarrassing from some British customers has in fact gone global. Now everyone across the world knows that Apple libelled Android and that Apple is too arrogant to let the public know this, in fact defying court orders in the process.

Will from Techrights writes:

They got slapped around about evading the court order as Groklaw points out in her 4x updated story.. First they issued an incorrect statement that said a German court had ruled on the same patent which was both wrong and insulting to the judge who ordered them to change things in 24 hours. The UK site now has a notice that you have to scroll down to see, which will probably earn the company some big fines.

http://www.groklaw.net/article.php?story=20121101091853360

Many notable blogs and news sites are covering this right now, along with news about Apple’s brand eroding (covered here the other day). Apple’s sheer arrogance is costing it.

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3 Comments

  1. Michael said,

    November 5, 2012 at 1:07 pm

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    Funny how you sometimes call Apple a monopolist but here you admit they have only a small share of the market.

    As far as Apple placing the link below the fold – why not? Nothing wrong with it. Why such a strong bias from you, Roy?

  2. mcinsand said,

    November 6, 2012 at 12:51 pm

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    The judge in the UK must now have an understanding of what it is like to deal with the devil. Apple runs too much risk in being openly truthful, because then the average buyer is better informed as to how empty the Apple brand truly is. It may be shiny, but look elsewhere for the actual innovations. Apple’s intellectual assets are far more devoted to pushing the boundaries of anticompetitive practices than they are actually coming up with new technical ideas (as opposed to rebranding/marketing others’ innovations). With a shift in focus, their performance might not lag so far behind Android, and they might not be seeing their market share drop so quickly.

    Michael Reply:

    Thank you for admitting you do not understand why Apple is considered to be one of the most innovative companies of the past 20 years. Let me help educate you: Apple has greatly altered or created what we see as the modern PC (Apple recognized the value of the Xerox GUI and ten greatly modified it – creating what we now know as the WIMP model), how music is distributed (including pushing to remove DRM), how tablets work (they were a failing sector before Apple), altered the cell phone market forever, etc.

    Of course, if you just read info from this site you will be left thinking Apple merely stole Xerox’s innovations (an out and out lie), that Apple claimed to have invented rounded rectangles (another fabrication Roy pushes), and all sorts of other ignorant BS from Roy who is amazingly paranoid and jealous (or, to use his own word, is filled with “envy”).

    As far as Apple market share tablet market share dropping – is *anyone* surprised to see this? Through their innovation Apple completely changed that previously failing market and was able to pretty much own that segment – but given how (contrary to Roy’s lies) they never had any monopoly power, others were sure to enter with products that were largely inspired from what Apple did (though in some cases with innovations of their own). Why would this be surprising or shocking or whatever to you? Completely predictable. Frankly my surprise is that Apple still has such a strong hold on this market – I expected Android devices to get their act together more quickly than they have.

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