Roy starts with this quote:
“We’ve always been shameless about stealing great ideas.” — Steve Jobs
Three problems with this.
- This quote is from 1996 and Roy tries to tie it to recent events as though Jobs was speaking of that context. That is somewhat silly. Still, it can be fair to use a person’s past words and compare them to their current claims. So this is only a minor problem. Maybe even just a nit.
- Roy completely takes the quote out of context. Here is the interview where Jobs says this quote:
We have always been shameless about stealing great ideas. And I think part of what made the Macintosh was that the people working on it were musicians and poets and artists and zoologists and historians who also happened to be the best computer scientists in the world.
Jobs is not talking about stealing ideas from competitors; he is talking about taking ideas from many fields of human knowledge and using them to make the best products you can.
- Just a few days ago, in a public forum, Roy said:
One person’s leeching is another person’s inspiration. Why criminalise sharing of ideas?
An old quote. Not about what Roy wants it to be. And Roy’s complaints against it are completely hypocritical considering other things he has said even recently (no need to dig back to 1996 to find him being hypocritical!)
And then there is the very title of Roy’s post
The Demise of Apple-labelled Foxconn Devices
He says this as if Foxconn is the one who designs Apple devices – though there is no evidence of this I have ever seen.
Roy goes on to celebrate the suing of one company by another for patent infringement:
Not only has Android cruised past iOS within less than a year, but HTC is now suing Apple (the same company which has “always been shameless about stealing great ideas”) for patent violations.
HTC is a hero to do the same things that Apple is vilified for.
Once again Roy shows himself to be a complete hypocrite.
Avoid everything from those companies in order to make development, innovation, and progress a lot faster.
If Roy were not a hypocrite he would be calling for the banning of HTC products as well. Does anyone actually expect Roy to be consistent in his stances?