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Hardware Hacker Proposes Patent and Education Reform To Obama 134

ptorrone writes "In a welcome turn of events, President Barack Obama spoke directly to the patent troll problem and the need for more comprehensive patent reform yesterday in a 'Fireside Hangout' — a live question and answer session (video) hosted in a Google+ hangout. The President was responding to a question by the prominent electrical engineer and entrepreneur Limor 'Ladyada' Fried of Adafruit Industries, who in 2009 won an EFF Pioneer Award for her work with free software and open-source hardware."
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Hardware Hacker Proposes Patent and Education Reform To Obama

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  • Blablabla (Score:2, Informative)

    by Anonymous Coward on Sunday February 17, 2013 @12:53PM (#42928571)

    Good question, but the answer was way too evasive, without any real committments.

  • by tqk ( 413719 ) <> on Sunday February 17, 2013 @01:58PM (#42929131)

    The "patent troll" misdirection is harming our ability to fix the actual problem.

    Yet once you fix that problem, the fuckers sue you in order to break it again. [] We don't have enough lawyers (preferably politicos) on the ocean floor.

  • by guises ( 2423402 ) on Sunday February 17, 2013 @04:54PM (#42930439)
    Obama said he had a priority to reform heathcare and it has been reformed. Are you complaining about the lack of a public option? That's valid, but that's ignoring some substantial gains in the Affordable Care Act.

    Obama said that he wanted to push civil rights for gay people and already there are gains in the military. That was a significant step forward and it looks like more is coming. Are you complaining that it hasn't been moving fast enough? I can understand why that would be frustrating, but these things never happen overnight.

    Obama said that he wanted to close Guantanamo and failed at that. Not only did congress block him, they added language to the must-pass defense bill that would make what was going on there legal. This was a loss for everyone of course, but not for want of effort and that effort has prevented the issue from fading away. A small silver lining.

    I don't see where you're coming from with this "he doesn't do anything" nonsense. He's accomplished as much as anyone could have accomplished, and more than most, given his extraordinary circumstances.

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