Linked by Thom Holwerda on Thu 5th Jul 2012 23:07 UTC
Legal Since I want to get this out of my system: here's a set of proposals to fix (okay, replace) the current failing patent system. No lengthy diatribe or introduction, just a raw list.
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RE[7]: ...
by _txf_ on Fri 6th Jul 2012 17:23 UTC in reply to "RE[6]: ..."
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1994. That was the year I started on the Internet. Email, IRC, Newsgroups. Then Web. Before Java and before the Dot Com bubble.

Erm... My point was that the internet IS Rude, Crass and a whole lot of other adjectives these days. The fact that some people are rude on a forum is not a big deal.

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RE[8]: ...
by grat on Mon 9th Jul 2012 19:51 in reply to "RE[7]: ..."
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Started on the internet in '89.

... and it wasn't that rude. There were flamewars, sure, and some of them were legendarily Epic... but they weren't the norm.

Now, everyone assumes that being dickish is normal behavior for the internet.

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RE[9]: ... - population
by jabbotts on Tue 10th Jul 2012 13:44 in reply to "RE[8]: ..."
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Population alone makes a big difference I think. The old internet required a higher knowledge level kept activities more segregated and had a lower population density. Less people from a higher shared knowledge level doing separate things. Flamewars happened but you usually knew where and with what topics. Less people also meant knowing other users much better.

Now, we have everyone who can find the letters on a keyboard or poke a mobile device screen. Every .php file ends with a plee for conflicting visitor opinions. Topics bleed over between forums let alone discussion threads.

We've gone from Farmvill Idaho too the Akihabara in Yokyo; of course there is more lights, noise and people.

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