I feel like you're gerrymandering the boundary between patentable non-patentable in an unprincipled way, where you find it convenient to do so .
For instance, if one-click is valid as you say, what is it that's being patented?
This is what this patent covers.
OK so the patent is really about a single unitary act of intentionality triggering this specific series of steps.
Just to be clear about this now because it's important.
So I should be able to patent across all domains of human endeavor the combination of a single expression of intentionality triggering off any process which achieves a useful end.
For instance, there should be (SNARK AHEAD!-> I mean should have been, we just didn't realize it before the IP maximalist graced the world with their penetrating vision) ... there should be a patent not just for a particular light switch but also and more importantly the CONCEPT of a light switch (to which all light switch inventors would pay royalties) because a light switch- as opposed to a crank say- is just exactly a useful process triggered off by a single act of intentionality which completes without the end user needing to do anything else (crank the crank a few more times for the required level of brightness , for instance).
In fact, the world is littered with devices which permit a single action to achieve an ends without further user input, and we have missed a great many opportunities to impose state sanctioned monopolies and collect rents which stymie innovation, er.. wait I meant to say encourage inventors to innovate and reward inventors for their inventions.
But not to despair. Now that we live in the Age of IP Enlightenment courtesy of IP Lawyers and their associated fee structures, we can move forward into the new world and design into every single new, individual, useful process a single act of intentionality used to trigger it off and thus secure an unending stream of new intellectual property from which we can derive great wealth and societal benefit, almost as if we had stumbled across a previously unknown deposit of precious metal, just waiting to be mined and entered into the market.
This is silly and it's meant to be, but it's not because it's not where the simplest extrapolation of the IP Maximalist position- as embodied by the one-click patent- leads directly to. Because this is where that position leads to quite directly.
IP lawyers politely, but quite arbitrarily, stop their quest to redefine everything as patentable subject matter not where the logic of the arguments they use to justify their expansive re-definition bid them to stop by those argument's own internal logic, but in rather another place which is quite unrelated to applicability of their aruments. They coyly stop just outside the gates of widespread moral outrage, a location they know quite well.
Because for now, it's only software developers who understand what it IP lawyers are doing and who are rightfully morally outraged.
As long as ordinary people can't understand the issue, then the issue can continue to be grossly misrepresented by IP maximalists to the legislators and the courts in ways I'm sure everyone here is well familiar with.
After software developers have accepted their new role as serfs who live on the land, and at the pleasure of, wealthy princes and their patent armies. l;awyers and lawsuits, then the IP lawyers will move on to other, greener pastures in other areas of human endeavor.
It's a classic divide and conquer.
If the logic behind the one-click patent were actually applied in a consistent way across all domains simultaneously, the whole edifice of IP would crumble before its own absurdity.
But please, tell me I misunderstood what was being patented in the one-click patent.
Feel free, because you have no where to start from which ends you in any better position.
I assure you I dealt you the strongest, least ridiculous hand available to you in my definition of what it is exactly that's being patented in one-click.