Here are the two most shattering facts about classical music today: First, Americans are writing, playing, recording and listening to more orchestra music today than they ever have before in history—mostly in the form of film music and video game soundtracks. So we know they like the general sound.
They just don’t like listening to it with us, at concert halls. And that is the second fact.
Richard Dare, CEO and Managing Director Brooklyn Philharmonic, in The Awfulness of Classical Music Explained (via kenhiatt)
Totally applies to me. The cost (and opportunity cost) of classical concerts just aren’t worth it.
"I read commenters who say, since cars are bigger, we should just keep our little bikes on bike trails and away from the roads. By that reasoning, when I’m driving my Dakota, all of those sports cars should just pull into the nearest parking lot."
kenhiatt, paraphrased in the beginning. We could go further and argue that semis should always have right-of-way!
[S]urveys of hundreds of significant new technologies show that almost all of them are invented simultaneously or nearly simultaneously by two or more teams working independently of each other. Invention appears in significant part to be a social, not an individual, phenomenon.
In addition, most employees file their patents into company control. Dying companies, once defined by innovation, can use those patents to stave off death, suing others. Yahoo is one example:
Yahoo tried and failed, over and over again, to build a social network that people would love and use. Unable to innovate, Yahoo is falling back to the last resort of a desperate, dying company: litigation as a business model.
(Andy Baio, via Kottke; see below for more information of the cost of patent litigation)
What can programmers do? If they refuse to patent at all, they risk being sued by someone else.
But there is a solution!
There are some limitations, but overall, this is a great step in the right direction. Defensive litigation protects against patent trolls in the present, and the lack of offensive litigation prevents these patents from falling into the hands of patent trolls in the future.
Bonus: “How I Beat a Patent Troll”
Drew Curtis demonstrates another solution: “Whenever possible, fight the infringement, not the patent.” (via kenhiatt)
An endnote, near the end of Drew’s presentation, on the cost of defending patent troll lawsuits, even if you’re successful in defending yourself: