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A Patently Perfect Primer on Patents by This American Life...

This American Life, the public radio program that airs across the country over the National Public Radio airwaves, totally nailed what has become wrong with the patent system in the United States, in this excellent episode, “When Patents Attack!”, that was produced in conjunction with the grand folks over at Planet Money.


My favorite part is the Raiders of the Lost Ark scene, when they realize that it is likely that all of the fake offices in a certain hallway somewhere in Marshall, Texas are just small, fictional holding companies (nearly 1300)  that actually belong to Intellectual Ventures, the mac daddy of all patent trolls….


NPR's Science Friday flashes back to the Internet of 1993

Science Friday, as a part of their 20th anniversary celebrations, recently re-posted a show that originally aired in 1993, in which they discussed a new fangled technological development called “the Internet”. Its a fun flashback to what the expectations and hopes were for the Internet as it became more widely available to the public. Some of those hopes and expectations have come to pass, and others were way off the mark.

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