Software patents are like buried land mines. They may slow us down and cripple us, but as long as they slow down and cripple our competitors even more than they do us -- that's what really counts.
Sounds like some sort of prisoner's dilemma.
I personally which, that the conficker virus should do as much damage as possible and render the whole interwebs useless for a few days, so that our security geniuses get a hint on how sane it is to set up the majority of computer systems with the same OS, especially such a vulnerable one.
You mean kind of like AIG? Where all financial institutions were insured under the same company... I think what we can learn is that diversity in any market place is absolutely essential.