My list of craziest things in the world,
- Unjustified wars that strike a similar tone with Vietnam, which was determined to have been campaigned mostly to "save face" for America because loss would've been embarrassing. It's accepted that the government lied then, but the country forgot that this is can happen: http://www.mostdangerousman.org/
- Glass Steagall remains repealed, allowing banks to make risky investments with government backing, despite the role this played in 2008 economic collapse and a major deregulator, former Citigroup CEO, calling for it to be re-enacted: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Glass%E2%80%93Steagall_Act
- Lack of leaders in government with sufficient knowledge about technology. We don't need advisors, we need leaders. Lamar Smith almost convinced all of congress that domain blocking was a good idea until the people responded. Also, software patents should not exist. If I wanted to start a new dot-com, it looks like I would have to spend most money on lawyers preparing for legal battles with patent trolls over patents, which were never intended to cover software. The word "algorithms" is banned from patent applications: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Patentable_subject_matter#The_algorithm_exception_and_the_patent-eligibility_trilogy
. Yet there are many software patents granted by the USPTO. While this hurts the US economy as we bicker among ourselves, China simply blocks the successful websites and builds its own. Google = Baidu, QQ = Facebook, Weibo = Twitter. We may be in a bubble again but software is definitely part of the future. And, it is already covered by copyright. These patent battles are getting ridiculous. Patents were designed to protect and foster innovative ideas and the little guy. In software, they are not innovative, they stagnate growth and protect the big guns. Almost all software engineers are in agreement on this. The lack of leaders who understand technology has the effect of infringing on free speech, hurts my career growth as a software engineer, and hurts America's growth.
- Lack of my ability to support a candidate who would do anything about these national issues, because the candidate does not exist in the two party system. This is effectively taking away my right to vote. The two party voting system rarely elects the candidate that most people would support, given more choices: The Problems with First Past the Post Voting Explained