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Just one more day

Man, these mid-term, mid-stream, mid-section, mid-whatever elections are almost over, and it couldn’t come fast enough.  Hang on, everybody, we’ve got one more day of candidates berating each other before we can lapse back into the coma called “politics as usual”.

I don’t hear much about what a candidate stands for anymore, just about what their competition is either against (in case it’s a “good thing”) or for (if it’s a “bad thing”).  That may seem odd at first, but remember this:  if politicians never say exactly where they stand, they never have to be accused of lying when they change their minds:

“I never said I was (for/against) that … I just said that my opponent was (against/for) it.”

Makes perfect sense when you think about it.

Gambling? That’s ALL You Can Think of Fixing?

So … while:

  • In a Colorado school, a man shoots and kills a 16 year old girl before taking his own life, THEN
  • In a Wisconsin school, a student fatally shoots his principal for reprimanding him for tobacco, THEN
  • In Pennsylvania, a man shoots and kills 5 children in an Amish schoolhouse

All in less than a week. And, right smack-dab in the middle of this spree of school shootings, our ever-vigilant federal government passes legislation in an attempt to shut down internet gambling. In the midst of all the back-slapping and jockeying for sound bite coverage proclaiming their support of this “important” legislation … you don’t hear one word from these chuckle heads about anything else. I guess children being murdered in school isn’t a pre-election priority (like it’s any more a post-election priority … yeah, right).

Way to go, Congress! Woo Woo … you’re really going after the critical issues of our time! Society as we know it would cease to exist if it weren’t for you.

Feb 23, 2006 - bureaucracy, stupidity    No Comments

For every innovation, there’s someone that wants to capitalize on it

And, there’s some government agency that enables said capitalization.

For example, take U.S. patent No. 7,000,180. While it was originally filed back in 2001 (well before AJAX became the “acronym du jour”), it was finally granted this Valentine’s Day by the beloved U.S Patent Office … and it could well screw up web technology innovation as we know it, as it’s broad enough to (potentially) require any AJAX-like technology to pay a license fee back to the patent owner.

Brilliant … just bloody brilliant.

So, what do we learn from this? Simple:

  • Patent everything. Then, even if you have no success yourself, you can stifle everyone else’s.
  • Technology isn’t about thinking outside the box. It’s about who has the most legal paperwork on file.