The Kiloblog

2010-10-08

Geeky Jihad is Rational

Filed under: politics — raka @ 09:33

Computer zealots are told to cool down about lots of stuff. For example: practical, rational people just roll their eyes knowingly and just accept it when patent trolls win ill gotten riches by  making companies settle silly patents suits without a fight. Julian Sanchez points out that fighting rather than settling is for good of all, but not of any one victim. He forlornly suggests a solution:

If the companies together can credibly commit to fight such suits, then assuming sufficient transparency, the existence of the mechanism should create enough of a deterrent threat that they’d seldom actually have to. But …

Let me point out that a time tested way to “credibly commit to fight” is to be well known as an irrational zealot.

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