No, I’m not writing about Donald Trump as the presidential dream candidate for stand up comedians; the one guy who could tempt David Letterman to come out of retirement for one more year. No, it’s all about Apple and Samsung, cheating and stealing.
She. Said. What?
First on the list of in-your-face inelegance is Apple’s retail store honcho, Angela Ahrendts, the shopping guru who made something of Burberry, who seems to have implied that Apple Watch will be the “greatest back to school item this year.” Why?
Depending upon how you interpret what Angela said, it’s either because the Watch is cool and all the cool kids will want one. Or, the Watch is a great way to cheat in class because teachers are so stupid.
Let’s go with what’s behind door #2, Monte, and dissect the growing public furor over the latter because, well, you know, scandals are more fun than boring rah-rah-rah, sis-boom-bah. This Cheatgate episode is Angela’s first at Apple and the first time she’s actually built a mountain out of a molehill with little to no effort. It happens.
- I don’t think the teachers have caught on to the Watch yet…
- Jump on it before the teachers do…
OK, what does that mean? Should students buy a Watch so they can use it to cheat in classes? I don’t think there’s an app for that. Or, should students buy one so they can communicate with each other in school where their iPhones are too conspicuous.
I’m anything if not consistent so again I’m going with what’s behind door #2, Monte. Why?
Cheating is hard. Digging an iPhone out of a backpack during a test or class and searching through it for an answer, clue, or hint, or even asking schoolmates the answer to question #117, becomes a highly visible conspicuous exercise that even teachers with knuckles for brains can figure out. So it is with Watch.
Hey, teach. Jimmy is checking the time on his Watch again. That’s the 26th time during the pop-quiz, you know?
So, enough noise already. There’s nothing to see here. Time to move along.
OK, what about Samsung, the company whose executives do jail time to various and sundry crimes? What are they up to this time? It seems that a senior engineer at TSMC (Taiwan semi-conductor company), which competes with Samsung for a chunk of Apple’s CPU business, was found guilty of passing TSMC trade secrets to Samsung. That’s lame. Not surprising, but lame nonetheless.
The poor schmuck left TSMC and wanted to keep his company stock options alive and well and not violate his non-compete agreement so he taught school. Funny thing; the school was made up of Samsung engineers, so ipso facto and Voila! Samsung stole processes and methods from TSMC and got caught– after it won a big order of advanced CPUs from Apple.
The poor schmuck who left TSMC and went to work for Samsung was barred from working there until the end of the year. Wanna bet he loses the stock options and gets hauled into a TSMC-sponsored lawsuit?
Hey, it’s just another day in the Applesphere.