Linked by Thom Holwerda on Sun 17th Jul 2011 20:58 UTC, submitted by fran
Linux It's strange. Microsoft has been patent trolling the heck out of the Linux kernel for a long time now, and is still using these patents against Android today in its protection money scheme. However, as LWN.net illustrates, Microsoft makes quite a few contributions to the Linux kernel. Shouldn't this invalidate their patent claims?
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RE: Logic
by MollyC on Mon 18th Jul 2011 19:49 UTC in reply to "Logic"
MollyC
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Most software is more process than "math". Where'd you get the ideat that "algorithms = math"? I have an algorithm for tying my shoes; that doesn't mean that that algorithm is "math".

As for invented vs discovered, who cares? Hell, I could argue that ALL inventions already exist in the abstract, just waiting to be "discovered", whether those inventions are made out of bits or made out of atoms. Which would mean that no inventions could be patented, period, according to your theory (which you state with mere assertion, with no elaboration or explanation).

You guys are caught up too much in the "bits" thing, where things made of bits must be treated differently than things made of atoms.

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I maintain that if the universe had no intelligent beings, then math would not exist, for it takes such beings existing for the abstract realm to even exist. Things like Math, Music (not particular songs, but the very concept of Music), etc aren't just sitting out there waiting to be discovered; it takes intelligent beings to ponder on those concepts. I add this as a P.S. because it's not pertinent to my main points, above.

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