Linked by Thom Holwerda on Fri 13th Aug 2010 01:32 UTC, submitted by JeremyPoulson
Legal I'm supposed to be asleep right now, but this news kind of hit me like a ton of bricks: Oracle is suing Google over its Android mobile operating system, claiming it infringes on its patented Java technology. Not a good week to be Google, is it?
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RE[3]: GPL
by ahmetaa on Fri 13th Aug 2010 06:07 UTC in reply to "RE[2]: GPL"
ahmetaa
Member since:
2005-07-06

You do not patent a 'code', maybe mechanisms. But i guess there are always workarounds for that.

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RE[4]: GPL
by viton on Fri 13th Aug 2010 07:06 in reply to "RE[3]: GPL"
viton Member since:
2005-08-09

wrong! there are a patents on specific code sequences
like this branchless abs
int const mask = v >> sizeof(int) * CHAR_BIT - 1;
r = (v ^ mask) - mask;

the code is of course dumb simple and used everywhere
this patent belongs to Sun BTW

I wish the whole chain of persons who are responsible of patenting such basic things be burned in hell forever.

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RE[5]: GPL
by Tuishimi on Fri 13th Aug 2010 15:54 in reply to "RE[4]: GPL"
Tuishimi Member since:
2005-07-06

I just don't get that kind of stuff.

If I come up with some way of doing something more efficiently in our code, I immediately share it with my co-workers. If it is non-work-related code that I am working on (maybe not efficient but for fun) I even share it on places like DeviantArt.

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RE[4]: GPL - software patents
by jabbotts on Fri 13th Aug 2010 13:53 in reply to "RE[3]: GPL"
jabbotts Member since:
2007-09-06

Software patents; utter BS where copywrite (as is the GPL) should be used to enforce the original developer's rights. In the US and equally irrational patent regions, somehow the mathematics formula known as software can be patented.

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