In the ongoing patent war between Apple and Samsung, Samsung has just unleashed its most ferocious weapon - Stanley Kubrick.

Samsung is arguing against Apple's assertion that it invented the concept of a portable computer device with a dominant screen (ie a tablet) by showing clips from the 1968 film "2001: A Space Odyssey" which clearly shows astronauts accessing facebook on their tablets over breakfast.

 

 

While this is interesting, I got a kick from the replies that slashdotters posted (passing knowledge of the movie is requred):

  • "I'm sorry Steve, I'm afraid I can't let you do that"
  • Jobs: Open the fanboy doors, Hal.

And here is the patent in question : yes, thats right. Its a rectangle . Yay for the US Patent Office!

 



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