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Fraud is by definition a departure from the market
Fraud is not a departure from the market any more than it is a feature of the market. It is simply a reality in every society, regardless of how they do business. Of course, fraud can be mitigated through proper regulation but there are a lot of people who oppose that for strictly ideological reasons.
Regardless, the original point that everyone has strayed away from is that the libertarians that championed BitCoin as a currency free of government regulation are getting a cold dose of reality. Apparently some government regulation actually serves a usual purpose.
Except they'll have designed the guns, and so you'll have no idea how to shoot them.
Starting with Microsoft Guns Vista, they made the barrel point toward the shooter.
There's that aspect, but it's also so that if Apple ever does make a product like this (they probably won't) it will be far more difficult for some other company with an overly broad patent similar to this to sue them.
So Apple filed a spaghetti-against-the-wall patent for a device they're likely not even interested in making and now anyone who would hope to make such a device has to take on the risk that Apple may sue them. How exactly is this promoting the progress of the Arts and Sciences?