Maybe they'll have to get rid of that horrific pile of pish, then.
Chinese web firm Cubic Network is set to sue Facebook for nicking the idea and name behind its Timeline feature, after being prompted to do so by some friendly US lawyers. The Pinterest-like web start-up was founded four years ago by Harvard graduate Xiong Wanli, according to China Youth Daily (via MIC Gadget). <pXiong …
"How can a company claim to own the concept of a timeline"
Well we have Apple patenting rectangles, how can copying a software concept and copying its name be any more ridiculous?
"Timeline would be, and indeed is, pointless and devoid of value outside of the context of the functionality of facebook."
Que??? I sort stuff by chronological order all the time outside facebook...
Just like when the USofA during the 19th century, when their copyright law did not apply to non-American, and thus they were allowed to pirate European authors as they wished?
Look, it's all explained there in a convenient timeline (search for 1891 if you're in a hurry):
After all, you can't own timeline, its something that’s been done since Mammoths first appeared on caves.
American legal companies however have a newfound injection of cash from naive Chinese who think they can get a quick win.
All that’s going to happen is the case will get thrown out of court and the layers will get paid
it's a great way of sorting the wheat from the chaff - dumb anal companies desperately try to make profit from suing for things they didn't invent
you didn't invent chronological order
you didn't invent a basic shape
you didn't invent stealing other peoples ideas
boycott companies who claim to have
Its difficult being a sane person in this world, so to help others like me I think its time a dictionary was compiled, only one entry so far but its a start:
Non-Obvious: an idea that your pet hamster on a balance of probabilities would be unable to conceive of unaided*
(* unaided implies said hamster is kept in a cage away from any visual, audio or textual information which could otherwise lead to influence of thought)
Timelines as in chronological type list details in a logical and ordered way which makes sense to 99.8% of the human population, even those not previously familiar with them.
Facebook Timeline which basically seems to be the "profile" page (as the frontpage and such hasn't really changed in concept), lists things in a totally random order mixed up around the page with no reference to any date system I've ever come across, and therefore isn't a chronological timeline.
Exactly what Facebook Timeline's purpose is however seems to be a total mystery, along with the equal mystery of why the heck anyone would want to lay prior claim to something resembling that mess...!?
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