If the analysts they hire are really so lacking in integrity that a few weeks without pay will make them turncoat traitors, why were they hired in the first place? Why didn't their high-security background check flag them as potential turncoats?
Oh, right, this is the NSA we're talking about. They're traitors to begin with.
GetPRSM.com isn't even trying to be subtle: Among the meta keywords are "Utah Datacenter" and "Parody." If you try to sign up, it pops up a dialog that says there are "technical problems" and links you to "technical support" over at the EFF website.
It even says "Made with love at Fort Meade" at the bottom and uses one of the famous pictures of the Utah datacenter.
Clearly, the FDA is at fault for a lot of this, and the Patent Office is clearly at fault for allowing the patent to be extended in this way.
What needs to happen, in my mind, is that the structure of the approval process needs to be inverted a little: When a pharma comes to the FDA with a new drug, making claims that it improves over another drug, then the FDA should have the resources from its own budget to perform the study and evaluation for efficacy, safety, etc., and then if the drug doesn't meet expectations, then the pharma should pay a fine for wasting the FDA's time, in addition to getting the approval denied.
In this way, the impetus is less on producing more drugs to extend patents and massive earnings and more on making more efficacious and safer drugs.
Getting rid of the shareholders' opinions in this matter would also be of great benefit.
There was a time before middlemen. In those days, in the age of monarchies, IPR benefited the monarchies, by giving the monarchy or aristocracy authority over who was permitted to be published, by their whims.
So really, it'a always been about the control over culture.
Someone on reddit pointed out that Amy likely has Oppositional Defiant Disorder, and is not necessarily bipolar.
ODD is characterized by four or more of the following behaviors for a period of at least 6 months:
(1) often loses temper
(2) often argues with adults
(3) often actively defies or refuses to comply with adults' requests or rules
(4) often deliberately annoys people
(5) often blames others for his or her mistakes or misbehavior
(6) is often touchy or easily annoyed by others (7) is often angry and resentful
(8) is often spiteful or vindictive
Regardless of what you think about the show, this episode is a stark departure from the usual fare.
Right from the start, Gordon praises them for their spotless kitchen and well-organized fridge.
He then samples some of the menu only to discover that it's improperly prepared, that the recipes are confused, that the wait staff is regularly mistreated, and that everything goes into the trash, untouched by customers who wait literally hours for the food they ordered.
The problem in this kitchen is the people, and he gave up on them.
We ought to set up some kind of public fund that goes into researching prior art and filing challenges with the patent office to have the patents overturned as they are approved.
If we can get upwards of 70% of patents thrown out or rewritten within the first year, surely it will affect the change the patent office so desperately needs in the short term, so we can work toward reform (and perhaps abolition) in the long term.