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
Member since:
2007-03-26

I really do hate it when people say "yeah, your injustice is annoying, but kids are starving in Africa". Yes, your example is worse, but that doesn't make the former point right either.

There's always going to be examples of people worse off and I really do feel for them, but we should use them as an excuse to be complacent about our own lives (or worse yet, allow our lives to completely fuck up too).

So really, your comment isn't any better than the muppets who fulfil Godwin's law two posts into a serious discussion.

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Gullible Jones Member since:
2006-05-23

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.

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Laurence Member since:
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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