[nSLUG] Re: IEEE Spectrum articles on software patents

Jason Kenney jason at ohm.ath.cx
Wed Jul 27 16:09:18 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
> nothing.

Uh, prior art?


Jason

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