Software patent reform just died in the House, thanks to IBM and Microsoft

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Bill Gates receives a lot of credit for his humanitarian work; but at least part of that wealth seems ill-gotten. In my mind, real heroes are people like Torvalds and Stallman; relatively unknown but the impact of their contributions might have already superseded what Gates has been able to accomplish.Some people look around the world and see the carpet being grabbed from beneath their feet, and the appeal of a roof and warm beds for your family is not easily ignored.Most people don't have the luxury of sacrificing their lives for an ideology, and even fewer are willing to risk their family's lives.And if you're going to lampoon anyone who uses

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