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Let’s Limit the Effect of Software Patents, Since We Can’t Eliminate Them (Wired)

Let’s Limit the Effect of Software Patents, Since We Can’t Eliminate Them (Wired)

Posted Nov 7, 2012 1:24 UTC (Wed) by drag (subscriber, #31333)
In reply to: Let’s Limit the Effect of Software Patents, Since We Can’t Eliminate Them (Wired) by Cyberax
Parent article: Let’s Limit the Effect of Software Patents, Since We Can’t Eliminate Them (Wired)

A series of steps describing how to trigger a specific chemical reaction are no less abstract then a series of steps necessary to make one set of numbers smaller then another set and then still being able to create recognizable audio reproduction.

The the rules setup for patents are completely arbitrary. There is no governing logic or natural system that patents are derived from. If patents exist the best you can hope for is that they are setup in a way the at is profitable for you.


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Let’s Limit the Effect of Software Patents, Since We Can’t Eliminate Them (Wired)

Posted Nov 7, 2012 2:30 UTC (Wed) by Cyberax (✭ supporter ✭, #52523) [Link]

Nope. There's a crucial difference - set of steps for chemical reaction is not abstract. That's a real-world description of a real-world process.

You can (in theory) get result of any algorithm by performing its steps on a piece of paper. You can't get a result of a chemical reaction by performing it on a piece of paper.

Let’s Limit the Effect of Software Patents, Since We Can’t Eliminate Them (Wired)

Posted Dec 5, 2012 5:25 UTC (Wed) by ghane (subscriber, #1805) [Link]

> You can (in theory) get result of any algorithm by performing its steps on a piece of paper.

If I was to use pebbles on a large piece of cloth, to "reduce a set of numbers to another, for audio reproduction", would that be OK?

Let’s Limit the Effect of Software Patents, Since We Can’t Eliminate Them (Wired)

Posted Dec 5, 2012 8:41 UTC (Wed) by jezuch (subscriber, #52988) [Link]

> If I was to use pebbles on a large piece of cloth, to "reduce a set of numbers to another, for audio reproduction", would that be OK?

Yup. http://xkcd.com/505/


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