Linked by Thom Holwerda on Mon 16th May 2011 16:15 UTC, submitted by john
Legal This is certainly worth a meagre +1 in my book: patent troll Lodsys has actually taken the time to answer some of the concerns on the web regarding its legal threats to several small-time iOS developers. There's some interesting stuff in there.
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RE[2]: Analogy is absurd - vote
by umccullough on Mon 16th May 2011 18:49 UTC in reply to "RE: Analogy is absurd - vote"
umccullough
Member since:
2006-01-26

Vote better politicians into office.


You assume that there are better politicians *running* for office.

In the U.S. it takes an exorbitant amount of money to run for a high-profile political position where you can affect these sorts of laws. It turns out, most of that money is made through corporate lobbying. As you can imagine, that is precisely the problem.

It's sort of gotten to the point where the people making and enforcing the laws are self-serving, and they don't want to fix the system. People voting for them are sheep that believe everything they hear on TV.

I believe this will eventually start shifting the other way, as communication mediums and grass roots efforts start winning the minds of these sheep, but it's a slow process.

Lawrence Lessig's "Fix Congress First" and "Rootstrikers" campaigns are very compelling and powerful statements - but things like that take time to get up to speed.

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JAlexoid Member since:
2009-05-19

It's sort of gotten to the point where the people making and enforcing the laws are self-serving, and they don't want to fix the system. People voting for them are sheep that believe everything they hear on TV.


The massive indoctrination machine that is the American education system bears it's fruit generation after generation. If people think that Soviet people were heavily indoctrinated(Anyone after 1960 weren't BTW), I remind that there is US that has an even stronger indoctrination programme going for it.

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jabbotts Member since:
2007-09-06

I'm not sure if you have the mechanism but in other democratic systems when there is no candidate of value provided, the voters can actually tell the polical parties to get stuffed and start over with a candidate of quality.

Sadly, the fear sell usually wins out with "but if I don't vote, who they vote for will get into office". It could be a greed sell with "none of us will vote until they provide the candidate we want instead of giving us the option of choosing the least undesirable".

And sadly, a well educated public is not in the government's best interest. We're still dealing with education systems ment to churn out carpet factory workers, beat creativity out of our children and otherwise avoid an educated citizenry that things for themselves. (hurray wage slaves and Fox News!)

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