Whoa, this kinda convinces me that those pre-iPad tablets were pretty good looking! I've seen a few like the ones one the right and have never seen any of the pre-iPad tablets under the "distorted-reality" field. Back on topic: What sucks is that none of us could influence either side here. We all may be complaining and starting flame wars and everything like that, but in reality, this isn't going to get anywhere. As much as I dislike these stupid lawsuits, I can only go as far as expressing an opinion, no further (unless I was some top exec of a massive company, but I'm not, so yeah) Agreed, patenting is important, but certain small things should be left open for people to use in order to construct a unique and hopefully innovative large program. I guess there are workarounds for this stuff, but I don't know how that works. I've only been programming for a year and my first thought is not if I'm infringing on a patent, but how to get the darn thing to work for me.