Re: MS has patents that apply to Android?
What I have found is that most people who complain about patents rarely understand the issues at hand. Let's use @rradina's post as an example. That post listed a number of very generic features. Clearly, this individual is incapable of distinguishing a feature from a method of implementation. There are also different types of patents such as design patents and utility patents. Copyrighting software is almost meaningless as reverse engineering functionality is trivial. Copyrighting simply prevents the actual same source code from being used.
Anyway, back to the point. People like @rradina attempt to oversimplify the details of a specific patent to make it seem so rudimentary that it applies to all devices. That's just not the case. Just pick one at random and see for yourself. As an example, take a look at US 20060101293 which is what @rradina apparently considers screen dimming. Read through the details, then realize that @rradina is either an idiot or is someone who is purposely being deceptive in a lame attempt to make a point.
As for patents that are obvious, I agree with you. As I've stated, some patents should never be granted. Of course, when challenged, most of these patents don't hold up in court. Just because a patent is granted, doesn't mean it's the final word on protection. Patent validity can and does get challenged all the time. The system is far from perfect, but overall, it does work... regardless of your personal opinion on the matter.
Finally, I'm not sure what your comment with Apple was about. To your point, if companies were allowed to copy directly with impunity, that's exactly what many would do. Take a look at behavior from companies like Samsung and Xiaomi and tell me how I'm wrong on that.