It could be even better: in addition to the dead tree book with no pictures, they could be charged an extra fee for online access to see the pictures which could not be included *in* the dead tree book!
A cynical person, such as myself, might get the idea that they quite deliberately did not encrypt the information so that students *could* easily reproduce the cards and plant them, thereby keeping attendance up even if the student is not in class or on campus.
The right, on the other hand, endorses reduction of government power and programs. Even if they never follow through.
If by "endorses" you meant "pays lip service about", then I would agree with that statement. The right has no more intention of reducing government than the left; they just want to shift from social funding to military/defense funding. I couldn't possibly guess why this might be...
I humbly retract my trolling comment, I can see the possible relevance of that case. Since you actually took the time to respond in a clear and rational manner, and did not tell anyone to die in a fire, I'm assuming you are not one of our usual cave dwelling denizens. Why, then, did you begin your thread with name calling? Or do you really think "Pirate Mike" is a term of endearment?
Any patent that doesn't include a circuit diagram or engineering drawing of a real THING is invalid. Thus all software patents and just about all "system and method" patents are invalid.
You want to create a piece of hardware to handle a software problem? Fine, you can get a patent on that EXACT implementation of that solution. You want to claim that you "own" any software solution that answers problem X? Fuck you.