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The patent wars are a cancer. Replication
is not evolution.
I'm an analyst. For better or worse, I have
to tell the truth as I see it or I don't do
the job. If it depresses you, you can
imagine the effect I have on my co-workers
and why they did their best to frag me to
the point that I had to lock down my blog.
Still standing. This isn't heroic or even
brave; it is enlightened self-interest.
Openness and transparency protect
freedom. Even with the pain, it is better than
ignorance because with knowledge, the future is
pregnant with choices instead of inevitabilities.
Stupid is bad for anyone regardless of how
powerful or how pitiful.
If you ever wonder why I stick close to the
markup community, it is because they are the
living working example of belief in the
principles of openness and transparency and
they backed that up with open standards and
running code. Even the most repressive cannot
overcome the relentless urge to communicate.
From: Alan Gutierrez [mailto:firstname.lastname@example.org]
Thank you, Len. That was perfectly depressing.
I like that someone is willing to say that frivolous software
patents are currently used by large firms to coerce the market.
I've not wanted to point out how naive that defense sounds for
fear of falling into a left versus right perma thread about
corporations, globalization, and whatnot.
The threat does come from enormous patent portfolios filled with
undergraduate computer science text.
Thanks for this.