Stop me if you've heard this before: "I'm a business guy, not so good on the technical side, and I've got a great idea that I need a programmer to develop for me. I don't have any funding yet, but I've got a really nebulous connection to the venture capital world. That being said, I'll start paying you once we get funding or we start making a lot of money from the project! All you need to do is write a Facebook clone in 2 weeks."
This kind of shit lands on Craigslist so often that it makes you wonder what they actually teach at business schools. It's time for we programmers to take revenge! So, a couple of months ago, I did a reverse-programmer troll on Craigslist. It went something like this:
The troll itself is hilarious, but the responses are even more hilarious. You've heard the phrase, "hook, line and sinker"? Bahahahaha!
And speaking of internet-based businesses...
Intellectual property law that provides an economic foundation for anti-Star Trek: the ability to tell others how to use copies of an idea that you "own." In order to get access to a replicator, you have to buy one from a company that licenses you the right to use a replicator. (Someone can’t give you a replicator or make one with their replicator, because that would violate their license). What’s more, every time you make something with the replicator, you also need to pay a licensing fee to whoever owns the rights to that particular thing. So if the Captain Jean-Luc Picard of anti-Star Trek wanted “tea, Earl Grey, hot”, he would have to pay the company that has copyrighted the replicator pattern for hot Earl Grey tea. (Presumably some other company owns the rights to cold tea.)
My anti-IP rants are tiresome enough to me already, I'm sure you're sick of them. Suffice it to say you can get the tl;dr version of my feelings here.