Note, this blog will remain the realm of drunken, republican and conservative-bashing, over-the-top SHOUTING WTF IS WRONG WITH ALL YOU DUMBASSES kind of content. My intention, tho, is of course to harvest the kinder, gentler portions of this and reach across the aisle to republicans and conservatives (so they can threaten me with their guns and/or banish me to gitmo).
So, here was my response to my oldest daughter Erica's (founder of www.yogoer.com and huffington post yoga blogger) post on "5 jokes for sissy democrats"
It hurts so bad. The republicans care about nothing but winning. They only care about making the rich richer, and enlist the single issue nut jobs (abortion, gay suppression, gun rights). Their cynicism is boundless. It's a national tragedy that it's so damn effective.
And here's my post to an article at Silicon Valley Insider
Software patents are 100% and completely ... crap. For a 10-15 year period after software patents were legislated into existence, the patent office checked them against their own internal database for prior art, but not against the outside world at all. So now there are 10s of 1000s of totally crap / bullshit patents on file. All software developer employees of large corporations are encouraged to file as many patents as possible. And then what happens? IBM and Microsoft both say "let's cross license" (i.e., we won't sue you if you don't sue us). And MS and Oracle. And CA and Progress. And so on ...
So occasionally someone gets left out of the grid, gets pissed, and sues (re Nokia vs Apple). But, by and large, software patents are about: the big boys making deals, and the startups who can't afford $5-10 million in legal fees getting squeezed out. (Note, that's the average $$$ amount that the legal parasites make on an IP suit).
Patents are supposed to foster and protect innovation. Software patents do the exact opposite. They stifle innovation, and serve only as a tool that lets the big boys squeeze the small innovators.
Software patents should be completely abolished.
Music-wise, I am totally kicking ass. More to come later. Last week, despite watching dozens of "Law and Order SVU" episodes, I somehow wound up playing the Grateful Dead version of "Good Morning Little Schoolgirl" -- and rocking on ?!?!?
On a somber note, I am predicting that by 2012, Facebook will be gone. Their privacy policies are odious; their signal to noise ratio continues to decline. It has enabled me to get in touch with people (several of my cousins (luvya, Boemkers!) and a business associate of 20 years ago). But, I don't think that their infrastructure is scaling, I am anticipating running the FB suicide app this year.
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