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The case against patents

“The case against patents can be summarized briefly: there is no empirical evidence that they serve to increase innovation and productivity, unless productivity is identified with the number of patents awarded – which, as evidence shows, has no correlation with measured productivity. Both theory and evidence suggest that while patents can have a partial equilibrium effect of improving incentives to ... Read More »

Dell goes private

“Dell today announced it has signed a definitive merger agreement under which Michael Dell, Dell’s Founder, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, in partnership with global technology investment firm Silver Lake, will acquire Dell.” So, Dell has gone private, and Microsoft has contributed a $2 billion loan to the deal. Read More »

Don’t like Secure Boot? Don’t buy a Chromebook

“People are, unsurprisingly, upset that Microsoft have imposed UEFI Secure Boot on the x86 market. A situation in which one company gets to determine which software will boot on systems by default is obviously open to abuse. What’s more surprising is that many of the people who are upset about this are completely fine with encouraging people to buy Chromebooks. ... Read More »