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FSFE: European Parliament adopts unitary patent

FSFE: European Parliament adopts unitary patent

Posted Dec 12, 2012 23:41 UTC (Wed) by marcH (subscriber, #57642)
In reply to: FSFE: European Parliament adopts unitary patent by pboddie
Parent article: FSFE: European Parliament adopts unitary patent

Law is much worse: in software at least some projects eventually go to the bin.


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FSFE: European Parliament adopts unitary patent

Posted Dec 13, 2012 1:46 UTC (Thu) by tialaramex (subscriber, #21167) [Link]

I think we're about equal really. Laws do go away, both through an actual mechanism (repeal/ overrule) and because the societies that used them went away or transitioned to different laws (e.g. Mayan laws are gone, so are the colonial British laws from the American colonies)

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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