Am I the only person who gets bill shock just watching the carrier's commercials? Seriously, Maybe I'm just cheap, but I can't justify $100 (plus unmentioned regulatory and because-we-can fees) a month for two phones in an age when the costs of hardware and wholesale connectivity are plummeting. I think parents should be able to give their kids phones (for safety, checking in, etc.) without worrying about forgoing saving for college, let alone worrying about overages. Maybe paying engineers to lock and cripple good phones and then stuff their limited onboard storage with crapware is expensive. I just feel that complaining about overage fees while allowing them to gouge us on the rest of the bill is short sighted.
Tim O'Reilly famously said, "Create more value than you capture." I think the consensus is that big pharma is capturing more value than they create. Turning their corporate culture may be like turning an ocean liner, but that's what it will likely take to change the underlying problem.
Whether Wikileaks are the highest of journalists or the lowest of criminals, one thing is clear to me. A grave problem within the US government has come to light, that its leaders would attack the very underpinnings of democracy and freedom to accomplish a goal. This means is most definitely not justified by any end, no matter how noble. Now that this problem has been exposed, we can begin to seek out a solution that will protect our citizens and the world.
History has proven that free markets are a much more efficient and accurate gauge of innovation than patent examiners. Just look at the number of patents issued as compared to the number of businesses demonstrating innovation. Just because some patent examiner rubber stamps your form, doesn't mean you were innovative.
Eli Lilly could be part of a new TV show fashioned after Punk'd. It would portray large companies lured to failure by the sweet song of government granted monopolies much like ancient sailors shipwrecked by the call of sirens. The catch phrase would be, "You've been monopolied!" It might not catch on, but I would watch it.
I have a suspicion that much of this is driven by lawyers giving self-serving advice to their clients. On the other hand, I'm sure it's at least half driven by the crazy culture of ownership we see in the IP world today.
Maybe I missed it, but didn't notice anyone pointing out that Costco never copied anything! There can be no violation of copyright without copying, whether it be mechanical, digital, performance or other means.
If they were thinking clearly enough, they probably wouldn't be patenting in the first place. Whether or not patents made any sense in the past, it is becoming increasingly clear that they are merely a drain on innovation in this modern era.
Okay, but double check your US Constitution as well. Congress only has the right to implement limited monopolies that promote "the useful arts and sciences." Any other monopoly is unconstitutional. Maybe he's giving our current copyrights too much credit. Those who side with your view that copyright is unconstitutional may appreciate http://questioncopyright.org/ .