Whilst the war on drugs is utter BS, it's still the law... The guy should go to jail.
You know what else is the law? The rules about when and why police are allowed to search people. Have you heard of the doctrine of the fruit of the poisoned tree? Jailing people because of the results of illegal searches is the same as allowing any and every search the police feel like conducting, for any or no reason.
What the judge did, was put it into the minds of the jury that the patent troll in this case could be held liable for it.
'The appeals court (CAFC) had overturned a lower court, saying that it was wrong for a judge to instruct a jury that Cisco could be found guilty of inducing patent infringement if it "knew or should have known that its actions would induce actual infringement."'
Read those two things at least five times each. Now come to an understanding that the patent troll in this case is not Cisco, but Commil. Then finally realize that you have had the entire case backwards the whole time. OK?
Lower court: Cisco can be found liable for inducing infringement of a patent it believed to be invalid.
Things like this are why some of the most radical consumer advocates think we should abolish corporations altogether as a legal entity.
The problem with that is you're left with personal liability for businesses, which makes it very unappealing to start a business. That's not a good incentive structure to set up since despite all the stupid political rhetoric, small businesses actually are quite important.
I'm not saying they evergreen every patent, I'm saying 1) it's an option that they will take advantage of when it makes sense financially and 2) they won't abandon a product just because it's been around for a while. You'll notice you can still go to the store and buy name-brand Roundup. They are still milking it even though it's off patent. I have no problem with that of course. It's the patent evergreening that's a problem.
However, you look at what happened at Chernobyl and Fukushima, where thousands of acres are so contaminated with radioactivity that it is not, and will not be safe to live for decades, and maybe longer, and compare that to Three Mile Island, where the only issue, short term or long term, is the reactor building.
Yes, nobody is arguing that Chernobyl was not worse than Three Mile Island.
The reality is that a typical coal plant will release more radiation than a typical nuclear plant.
It's the atypical ones that are the problem. The difference in radiation output between a typical coal fired power plant and one undergoing a catastrophic failure is not that great. The same cannot be said for a nuclear power plant.
Sure, release of any radiation is highly undesirable,
That's my main point, I just wanted to push back against any minimization of "minor" nuclear accidents.