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Re: Why are software patents wrong?

From: Alexander Terekhov
Subject: Re: Why are software patents wrong?
Date: Tue, 1 Dec 2004 09:22:11 GMT

*   "No evidence of wrongdoing was ever produced. No charges were ever filed.
*   As far as anyone knows, Willie Jones neither uses drugs nor buys nor sells
*   them. He is a gardening contractor who bought an airplane ticket. Who lost
*   his hard-earned money to the cops." After a long legal battle and a lot of
*   publicity, Jones got his money back.
*   [snip]
*   Paolo Alvarez: "I believe in God, but the government's seizure of all my
*   savings was really horrible. I felt trapped and I almost flipped out."
*   Alvarez was a landscape contractor, cautious and frugal, who saved his
*   money. Several years ago, however, Alvarez began listening to the
*   speeches of Ross Perot, especially Perot's exaggerated [beat the drum
*   of fear] warnings that the nation's savings and loan institutions
*   were about to collapse. As a reult of mounting anxiety generated by
*   the Texas businessman, Alvarez decided to move the nest egg from his
*   savings and loan.
*   He placed some of the money in a regular bank and hid the balance in
*   small caches around the house.
*   When the sky did not fall, when Ross Perot's predictions did not come
*   true, Alvarez began slowly moving the cash in his house back into a
*   bank. Partly because of his fear of a possible robbery, he chose to
*   redeposit his money in relatively small amounts, 

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