Del, it is similar only the problem is across the board every race is affected. The press when it does report it wants to say it is a particular group that are affected but it is not really true, look at middle America and how they are struggling to survive. I just get so annoyed at the politicians (and in this case it doesn't matter which party they belong to) are more concerned about spending money on getting elected or scoring points against each other than trying to improve the climate for creating jobs improving education and ensuring people do not have to starve. Americans care enough about each other to help when they know there is a problem but the press don't want to report it because it will hurt the President's chance of re-election. The government has always played with the unemployment figures, (both parties) not reporting the true numbers, and since they only report people that are claiming benefit and you can only claim benefits for a limited period then the numbers will go down even if the person doesn't find a job.
Do I think Europe is any better, certainly not. The current elections comments in the US are that Europe is now at fault for America's financial problems, I would put it the other way round, with America being such a large consumer economy if they fail it will really drag Europe and the rest of the world down with it, really is a case of too big to fail.
So what has this to do with Patent battles, well it is further demonstration of a mentality which wants the cards stacked in a particular direction, to enable the company to make more money without having to spend it. Lawyers aside (who I am sure are laughing all the way to the bank) these battles do not help the economy or the consumer, and in the long run they don't help the fighting parties. Smartphones are not something one needs to survive no more than Nike shoes are requirement for living, yet we all get caught up in thinking that we need them. (Can you believe that someone purchased a pair of ordinary Nike's on e-bay for $80K+? If you have more money than sense there are plenty of people out there that need your help!!!
Love is better than anger. Hope is better than fear. Optimism is better than despair. So let us be loving, hopeful, and optimistic. And we will change the world. - Jack Layton (1950-2011)
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