June 1st, 2011
(written by lawrence krubner, however indented passages are often quotes). You can contact lawrence at: firstname.lastname@example.org
I’d like to introduce the concept of Movie Patents. I’d register a patent for the plot device of having the bad guy be the main character’s best friend, with additional clauses for being his boss, advisor, or partner. I wouldn’t ever make any movies. I’d just sit back and collect royalties from everybody who used my idea.
The reason behind this is that maybe then people who matter would actually notice how silly this concept is. It’s so plainly obvious that it’s a bad idea that regular people can finally understand what’s going on. Eventually, people with the ability to make changes might actually find themselves forced to make changes.
Software, as big as it is, is just not that big. This issue can piss every single one of us off, and it won’t make the NBC Nightly News. It can’t piss off the people it needs to piss off in order to get it fixed, so chances are it will stay unfixed indefinitely.