The equivalence of patents and source code

The Software Freedom Law Center has filed a Supreme Court brief re Bilski, and I loved this idea within it: “The source code of a program which performs the steps described in a software patent is distinguishable from the literal patent only in that it expresses the same steps in a different language. Therefore, since […]

You Think We Live in a Democracy?

Slate reports on the Senate Finance Committee’s vote against a public health option. “Even among Republicans, opposition to the public option (42 percent) is outweighed by support (47 percent).” In an Indirect Democracy, “The people elect government officials who then make decisions on their behalf” (wikipedia).  Clearly, it’s not happening.  We don’t live in a […]

Health Care Premiums

I see nothing in the current health care proposals that limit the premiums insurance companies can charge.  Yes, they may be subject to premium ratios, but their plaint will be that to cover the burden of insuring everyone, all premiums must rise.  Remember, too, paying these increased premiums will be mandatory. Only a public option […]

Do you have any ideas?

I believe that the average person has six original ideas in their lifetime.  By “original idea”, I mean a new view of how the world is or could be.  “Why don’t we go to Hawaii this summer?” or “”Let’s paint the hall fuchsia” don’t count; they’re statements about preferences. Now six is just a number […]

More Patent Insanity

Timothy Lee writes eloquently about the stupidity of a company that exists only to think up patents and use them to sue – no actual creation of product required.  How is this of the slightest benefit to society?

Hypocrisy or lack of Empathy?

Firstly consider this quote (color emphasis added): “Clearly, we’ve got to find Mohammed Omar, we’ve got to find Osama bin Laden, and we’ve got to find other key leaders of the al-Qaida network, or we will have failed. We’re not safe until we have broken the back of al-Qaida, and we haven’t done that yet. […]

Windows is Stupid

I have an application with a main window.  It opens a find dialog that can remain open, i.e. it is not modal.  I mark it as STAY_ON_TOP so it does not disappear behind the application window. The application pops up a message box to announce that the search term cannot be found, but it CANNOT […]

Hypocrisy in Action

Glenn Greenwald is consistently brilliant.  Here he eviscerates Jane Harman for changing her position on wire-tapping once it happens to her. “So if I understand this correctly — and I’m pretty sure I do — when the U.S. Government eavesdropped for years on American citizens with no warrants and in violation of the law, that […]

Google vs. Newspapers

There is an excellent analysis of the plight of newspapers on Groklaw, and PJ ends by pointing out that Groklaw itself is an example of what the newspapers have not been providing, and what will arise in the wake of their demise.