random quotes ... to amuse, inspire, enrage:
  The Internet, and downloading, are here to stay... Anyone who thinks otherwise should prepare themselves to end up on the slagheap of history.

tagged: Internet, p2p, music downloading, music sharing
  —Janis Ian, 1998 September 1, European radio interview; quoted at janisian.com.

Archive for May, 2009

patented tail holes: patent reform

Friday, May 29th, 2009

God we so need patent reform. What happened to the non-obviousness requirement? Can someone please explain to me how a cat / dog diaper can have a “patented tail hole”???? What else would a pet diaper have except for a tail hole? Yes, ladies and gentlemen, it is the knowledge economy: the patenting of tail […]

a telling moment for the Catholic Church

Wednesday, May 20th, 2009

The poor anti-same-sex-marriage crowd feels “outgunned and underfinanced” in their fight to prevent state recognition of same-sex couples. In New York, for instance, the Catholic Church has been absent from the struggle. Why? The state‚Äôs Roman Catholic bishops have been somewhat distracted, too, having focused their lobbying energies this session on defeating a bill that […]

patents and the first amendment

Wednesday, May 13th, 2009

it’s so delightful to read those two areas of law in a single news article. The ACLU is suing to invalidate a patent on a gene. Yaay Chris Hansen. (Psst. They’re also patenting algorithms and business methods and even tax strategies.)

wtf with gary kamiya at salon.com

Tuesday, May 12th, 2009

Just venting. While innocently reading the news this morning I was confronted with utter stupidity. Gary Kamiya, who isn’t normally a total idiot, wrote this article in salon.com about how Obama is improving race relations by not talking about them. Hmm, I thought, and went to check it out. With an open mind. Pretty early […]


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