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Imaging a United State of America in a reality where Texas did not rejoin the Union after it succeeded.
Google Linux servers hit with $5m patent infringement verdict (The Register)
Posted Apr 21, 2011 21:29 UTC (Thu) by jspaleta (subscriber, #50639)
Posted Apr 21, 2011 21:32 UTC (Thu) by mpr22 (subscriber, #60784)
Posted Apr 21, 2011 21:59 UTC (Thu) by richo123 (guest, #24309)
Posted Apr 21, 2011 22:45 UTC (Thu) by SEJeff (subscriber, #51588)
If they didn't call it quits, it would fall into a 3rd world country or be absorbed by the Mexican drug cartels.
Posted Apr 21, 2011 23:27 UTC (Thu) by jonabbey (subscriber, #2736)
Posted Apr 22, 2011 1:20 UTC (Fri) by nicooo (guest, #69134)
Posted Apr 26, 2011 7:27 UTC (Tue) by ssmith32 (subscriber, #72404)
There's some big oil companies there, but they're drilling elsewhere. I believe the biggest find by far in the US (in recent years), is the Bakken formation in Montana. Last assessment was about 22 billion barrels of oil (2008 USGS survey) - but only about 3-5 billion are recoverable. And yes, this is mostly from the last New Yorker.
But Wikipedia seems to agree:
So,yah, bye bye Texas :)
Even better - with no say in our government, we could finally actually tax the oil companies, via tariffs, all the drilling they do elsewhere, etc.
Posted Apr 22, 2011 1:11 UTC (Fri) by jd (guest, #26381)
Posted Apr 22, 2011 15:43 UTC (Fri) by tjc (subscriber, #137)
I will hear no slander against the great nation of Texas! ;-)
(Says he from the DPRM...)
Posted Apr 22, 2011 1:32 UTC (Fri) by marduk (subscriber, #3831)
Posted Apr 22, 2011 3:24 UTC (Fri) by jd (guest, #26381)
The fact that Texan courts are notorious for siding against anyone who isn't (a) rich and (b) in Texas doesn't help. Yes, they're not your fault, you didn't make the law, but what they do inescapably reflects on you, the same way that the US courts and the US government are the visible face of America to the world.
Posted Apr 22, 2011 3:46 UTC (Fri) by marduk (subscriber, #3831)
Couple that with the fact that (a) Google is Goliath in this case and (b) the amount awarded was relatively small, your so-called justification for spouting out a bunch of unrelated BS holds little water.
And "Don't mess with Texas" is an anti-littering campaign.
Posted Apr 22, 2011 16:23 UTC (Fri) by martinfick (subscriber, #4455)
I am really disgusted how there seems to be more and more of a free for all in blatant anti US bigottism displayed here on LWN. I don't care that it is against the US, I am just annoyed at how ugly the behavior is and how people seem to think ugly behavior is OK for some reason if directed against some US entity.
Posted Apr 22, 2011 18:02 UTC (Fri) by drag (subscriber, #31333)
You've never been to Texas, have you?
For people that are native residents being Texan is a often a extreme point in pride. They, quite literally, believe that they are the best people in the world. They will take it as a personal insult if you ask them if they are from Texas or not... and will actually get upset about it. You should know instinctively!
But really, Texas does kick ass in a lot of ways. I would actually be very happy to live there. It really is better then most other states.
The patent issue, however, is a federal issue. Not state. Since USA law is based a lot on case precedent it's often quite a bit by accident what jurisdictions are more patent-friendly or not.
> I am really disgusted how there seems to be more and more of a free for all in blatant anti US bigottism displayed here on LWN. I don't care that it is against the US, I am just annoyed at how ugly the behavior is and how people seem to think ugly behavior is OK for some reason if directed against some US entity.
They are ignorant. That is what makes them bigoted. They don't realize that the USA is a easy scapegoat that their media and governments use to divert attention away from their own shit policies and bad decisions. They don't realize that most of their civilization for the past 60 years has been prompt up by American-style capitalism.
They also don't realize that USA government != USA people. Also states are separate entities from the federal government. Our two-party system is a pile of shit and we are paying the price for it with our failing economy. They don't understand that the people that are resentful and irritated at the USA government are the ones fighting against the badness that USA produces in the world.
One of the these days thy will start to fully realize that the only reason our government's bad decisions are hurting them so much is because their economies and governments have become so utterly dependent on USA.
They know this partially already and it burns. It's natural that this dependencies lead to resentment.
Posted Apr 25, 2011 15:30 UTC (Mon) by renox (subscriber, #23785)
Well, I've been to SF and I was quite surprised by the number of USA flags which were displayed there, so apparently it's not only Texas..
And nationalism isn't a good thing in my book as each country has a lot of skeletons in its closets..
>USA government != USA people
Well, USA people still elected Ronald Reagan, Bush Jr (twice!!), elections which were quite surprising for a foreigner like me (not that us French did much better with Sarkozy..).
Posted Apr 25, 2011 15:38 UTC (Mon) by Trelane (subscriber, #56877)
So displaying a country's flag necessarily implies nationalism?
> USA people still elected Ronald Reagan, Bush Jr (twice!!), elections which were quite surprising for a foreigner like me (not that us French did much better with Sarkozy..).
If you don't understand something, generally I thought you were supposed to get to understand them, not hate them.
Posted Apr 25, 2011 15:41 UTC (Mon) by corbet (editor, #1)
Posted Apr 22, 2011 3:48 UTC (Fri) by ajross (subscriber, #4563)
Posted Apr 22, 2011 6:48 UTC (Fri) by job (guest, #670)
Posted Apr 22, 2011 10:06 UTC (Fri) by Ben_P (subscriber, #74247)
Posted Apr 22, 2011 18:53 UTC (Fri) by xxiao (subscriber, #9631)
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