October 28th, 2005

Let's play "spot the idiot".

The rights of an inventor or author need to be properly protected. Otherwise we will soon have no inventions or new creations.

Because obviously, nobody ever invented or created anything before we had patents. Flint tools, fire, the wheel, bows and arrows, all of it had to wait for the invention of patents. Those ancient greeks were just twiddling their thumbs...

Let's try an obvious fallacy: nobody will write blogs unless we pay them to. Doesn't work, does it? Sheer volume suggests otherwise. How about nobody will write anything interesting or original in blogs unless they're paid? So by definition, anything that isn't written for pay is uninteresting an unoriginal? It just doesn't work. Give it up already...

And yet I _keep_ encountering this mindset, over and over, from people who JUST DON'T GET IT...

Rob