In the article:

The Old New Thing : What determines which programs show up on the front page of the Windows XP Start menu?

Raymond Chen writes the following:

"Software patents suck!" It's irrelevant what your or my opinion of software patents is. So long as they are legal, they will exist, and you and I will just have to deal with it. If you want a

change, write to your congressman. Support candidates whose position on software patents is compatible with yours. Complaining to me accomplishes nothing.

 

He follows up with this:

I have a few future entries about patents; the response to this article will determine whether they stay on the schedule or quietly vanish

Regardless of your opinion on software patents if everyone can behave this should be an interesting conversation.

 

EDIT: Updated the title and the quote based on feedback

-Tripp