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maybe it is time for hacker culture to pack its bags and move somewhere else, and the USA can figure out how to create jobs on assembly lines instead
saving that, maybe it really is time to create a data haven. a place with so much of everyone else's data in it that the rest of the world is afraid to touch it.
sensible measures aren't working any more
Rackspace sued for hosting GitHub
Posted Sep 19, 2012 3:54 UTC (Wed) by elanthis (guest, #6227)
The current median age of a US congressman is ~63 years. They are not technical whizzes for the most part. Heck, you're hard pressed to find a UNIX hacker that age, given that UNIX itself is only ~40 years old, so only the very original UNIX developers were around when our politicians were taking their first steps into the world of professional law making.
Point being, Internet petitions don't freaking matter to Congress. In-your-face people matter. So long as people sit at home whining on the Internet, nothing is likely to change in D.C.
Posted Sep 19, 2012 9:11 UTC (Wed) by yodermk (subscriber, #3803)
What gets me is why they don't consider this an *emergency*. Consider all the bullcrap Congress rammed down our throats immediately after 9/11 because it was "needed for homeland security."
Major reform here is needed to protect business in America and we really do need it NOW.
They need to get their priorities right and understand that.
Posted Sep 19, 2012 12:22 UTC (Wed) by sorpigal (subscriber, #36106)
Posted Sep 19, 2012 21:51 UTC (Wed) by drag (subscriber, #31333)
There is such a thing called 'professional courtesy'.
Unfortunately for the rest of us when it's lawyers in charge of everything things don't tend to work out very well for non-lawyers.
Posted Sep 19, 2012 22:38 UTC (Wed) by raven667 (subscriber, #5198)
There, FTFY 8-) Being educated doesn't make one a bad person.
Posted Sep 20, 2012 7:13 UTC (Thu) by deepfire (subscriber, #26138)
Sounds like Politburo in the pre-collapse USSR.
Posted Sep 21, 2012 10:14 UTC (Fri) by juliank (subscriber, #45896)
Posted Sep 21, 2012 15:27 UTC (Fri) by bfields (subscriber, #19510)
Annoyingly they don't have a total average, but it looks like under 58.
(Could we check and cite numbers before repeating them, please?)
Posted Sep 19, 2012 8:02 UTC (Wed) by Seegras (subscriber, #20463)
I don't know. I largely ignore software patents, because they're all illegally granted anyway. Which brings me to the second point:
Why hasn't anyone sued for a software-patent infringement gone for the heart? Which is, that EVERY patent law on earth forbids patents a) software and b) mathematics (which software also is).
I know there are completely bogus rulings on this, for a) namely in re Appalat http://scholar.google.com/scholar_case?case=4571960268239... and in re Prater http://scholar.google.com/scholar_case?case=2299319819326... but this doesn't mean it's impossible to get another court to realize that they have no basis in reality. The same with the completely hare-brained interpretation of "algorithm", where courts also maintain a view which has no basis in reality (something like ruling that the value of Pi is exactly 3).
But nobody has yet gone for that and argued that these patents ALL must be invalid because a) putting software on a computer does not make that computer a new device and b) software is math.
I mean, it's not like that would be your only defence (usually it's: you're suing in the wrong place, you made procedural errors, we do not infringe, the patent is invalid anyway -- everything you can heap on it). So you could easily add this.
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