[nSLUG] Re: IEEE Spectrum articles on software patents

Mike Spencer mspencer at tallships.ca
Tue Jul 26 23:46:31 ADT 2005

> "The use of any inventive mathematical algorithm that requires more
> calculation than can be reasonably done by hand is now patentable."

So we can't patent zero because it's a pure abstraction.

But we can patent "nothing" because it requires for it's existence
something -- any commonplace object will do -- the absence of which is


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- Mike

Michael Spencer                  Nova Scotia, Canada       .~. 
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