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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 15, 2012 20:58 UTC (Thu) by dlang (subscriber, #313)
In reply to: Let’s Limit the Effect of Software Patents, Since We Can’t Eliminate Them (Wired) by JanC_
Parent article: Let’s Limit the Effect of Software Patents, Since We Can’t Eliminate Them (Wired)

reverse engineering cannot produce the full specs for a system.

It can produce specs that are 'good enough' in practice, but even theoretically, it can't tell the difference between 'undefined result that happens to be X' and 'deliberalte calculation that results in X'

So the documentation I am referring to would need to be produced by the company producing the hardware (or by a 3rd party on their behalf)


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