Linked by Thom Holwerda on Wed 4th Jul 2012 23:08 UTC
Google Apparently, this is a major victory of the patent system. This, this right here, this is what the patent system has come to. This is the destructive effect it's having on this once beautiful industry. Thanks to trolls like Apple and Microsoft, basic, elemental functionality is being removed from devices people already own.
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Laurence
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2007-03-26

What got to me was the ireful talk of lack of freedom. I agree that this situation is injust; I just think that there are much more egregious examples of people here not really being free.


Yes, but that's completely irrelevant to this article.

I really do hate it when people compare negatives like this and state that one is worse than the other when all negative behaviour is bad, and thus -regardless of severity- shouldn't happen.

Just because there's worse crimes happening, it doesn't mean that the petty ones are acceptable. And just because there are people with greater freedoms lost, it doesn't mean that it's acceptable for other freedoms to be eroded.

But then that's the opposite of the mentality that governments want us to have. That'd prefer to blind us with extreme examples to justify using marginally less extreme legislation (ie ACTA won't erode your privacy, it will save your life from terrorists. Please somebody think of the children!).

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