Software is The Glass Bead Game
Posted Jan 19, 2012 21:31 UTC (Thu) by khim
In reply to: LCA: Addressing the failure of open source
Parent article: LCA: Addressing the failure of open source
Software exist in entirely predictable world. If you can imagine and code something - it'll work exactly like manuals describe.
Hardware exist in real world. No matter what you'll invent you'll need to eventually build the thing and test it.
The more testing you need the more patents make sense. Pharmacy, in particular requires enormous and extremely expensive testing, but UI patents don't need any testing at all: just draw few diagrams and off you go to the patent office (if you'll need to design something sellable it's diferent story: you need to carefully select sizes, effects speed, etc - but this is not what typical UI patents cover at all).
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