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]: common sense
by autocrat on Mon 15th Oct 2007 02:41 UTC in reply to "RE: common sense"
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2007-10-14

You're making some massive generalized assumptions.

People are able to be concerned and active regarding a great number of things, often all at once. Life is full of concurrency and parallelism, in case you haven't noticed.

Why did you waste time posting a response when you could have been busy abolishing the Fed or tearing down the military-industrial complex? You should have used that time to engage in some direct democracy to get the electric car back onto the market. Why aren't you out on a cop watch mission attempting to video tape and expose police brutality? Shouldn't you be organizing a Food Not Bombs action right now? Which of those issues "truly are of much more importance?"

I don't know what you do for a living, as a career - but it would be strange if you were to sit by unresponsively were you ever to be confronted by a situation where you feel your interests as a professional in your field were being jeopardized in some manner.

Being a professional programmer and system administrator specializing in open source software and linux in general, I take a huge interest in the goings-on in my industry.

That doesn't mean you won't see me engaging in other causes.

And if you were to tell me which issues should take priority in my life, and how/when/where I should act, I'd feel very much obliged to tell _you_ to STFU.


"Maybe it is just me, but I find fanboyism just to be so freakin immature and idiotic."

Maybe it's just me, but I found your post just to be so freakin immature and idiotic.

Edited 2007-10-15 02:55

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