Linked by Thom Holwerda on Sun 14th Oct 2007 15:12 UTC
Legal This week's 'big' news on OSNews was about software patents. You know, those things that say you cannot stack four pixels on top of one another unless you pay money to the guy who invented four-pixel-stacks (or the guy who bought the guy who invented four-pixel-stacks). A company called IP Innovation, LLC, has sued Novell and Red Hat for infringement of the company's IP portfolio. Software patents are of course generally completely ridiculous, so I will not focus on that here. I want to focus on something else.
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RE[2]: Ockham's Obsession?
by miles on Sun 14th Oct 2007 16:53 UTC in reply to "RE: Ockham's Obsession?"
miles
Member since:
2006-06-15

Tom, I didn't have the feeling he was taking the article apart at all - he was just pointing your use of the OR, which is kind of him to do.

I also see OR being abused everywhere. I mean, Herbert has enough behind himself to be able to use it once in all his works, but why does everybody and their mom think using it makes their prose beautiful or relevant?

Usually, the first second you see OR in a book nowadays, you just know you have to drop it because the author's just gonna waste your time (I'm not talking about your article, Tom - fortunately, the OR cliché appeared only after I had the benefit to read your article and see that it wasn't half bad ;) )

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RE[3]: Ockham's Obsession?
by sbergman27 on Mon 15th Oct 2007 09:49 in reply to "RE[2]: Ockham's Obsession?"
sbergman27 Member since:
2005-07-24

Actually, I've not noticed that much abuse of OR. At least not anywhere *near* as much as the term "straw man argument" gets abused these days.

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RE[4]: Ockham's Obsession?
by miles on Tue 16th Oct 2007 03:49 in reply to "RE[3]: Ockham's Obsession?"
miles Member since:
2006-06-15

Maybe you don't read enough SF ;)

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