FSFE: European Parliament adopts unitary patent
Posted Dec 13, 2012 1:46 UTC (Thu) by tialaramex (subscriber, #21167)
Mostly laws rust, and mostly software rusts. Quietly becoming obsolete with no-one really caring. Until one day whoops, something bad happens.
And, at least the rusty laws are interpreted by judges who can sometimes be relied upon to laugh heartily and dismiss something as inherently preposterous. The machine will happily execute your rusty old code and truncate every file on disk that contains a non-ASCII character in its name or whatever.
Gordon Dickson's story "Computers Don't Argue" posits a future where we eliminate this difference and a minor goof by a book club escalates until its unlucky and entirely innocent customer is eventually executed for murder.
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