The recent news about Oracle suing Google over Java had me a little depressed. I’m building a little Java-hosted (and probably eventually JVM-hosted) language, and the prospect of Java/JVM turning into a crappy choice of platform due to stupid legal reasons was a downer.
Then I read this guy’s post about it. For me, it was a gentle reminder that this is just business as usual in a software-patent encumbered world. Until we’re rid of these stupid things forever, nobody will ever be able to write any program without infringing on a hundred patents. For some reason, it’s a comfort to realize this isn’t a New Bad Thing, it’s just another example of that Old Bad Thing. Perhaps because we’ve already learned to live with the inanity of it all.