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 Almafeta on Mon 18th Jul 2011 10:01 UTC in reply to "Logic"
Almafeta
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2007-02-22

Software is algorithms and as such part of mathematics, and mathematics is discovered rather than invented and should thus not be patentable.


I always wonder who is promoting the idea that mathematics is discovered, not created. I'd love to ask that person to show me these places where abstract equations and functions that just happen to model things we are interested in modeling are lying about in the wild, just waiting on some intrepid mathematician to discover them.

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RE[2]: Logic
by siride on Mon 18th Jul 2011 15:50 in reply to "RE: Logic"
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2006-01-02

You make this statement so matter-of-factly, as if it is obviously true that math is invented, when in fact many (perhaps most) think the opposite. It's certainly not easy to argue one case or the other and AFAIK, the problem is unresolved.

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RE[2]: Logic
by lemur2 on Tue 19th Jul 2011 02:17 in reply to "RE: Logic"
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2007-02-17

"Software is algorithms and as such part of mathematics, and mathematics is discovered rather than invented and should thus not be patentable.
I always wonder who is promoting the idea that mathematics is discovered, not created. I'd love to ask that person to show me these places where abstract equations and functions that just happen to model things we are interested in modeling are lying about in the wild, just waiting on some intrepid mathematician to discover them. "

They are probably to be found in a similar-in-some-ways place to that place where authors of books and stories discover sentences and paragraphs.

Did you realise that authors of books and stories cannot patent sentences and paragraphs?

Edited 2011-07-19 02:18 UTC

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RE[3]: Logic
by Almafeta on Thu 21st Jul 2011 00:30 in reply to "RE[2]: Logic"
Almafeta Member since:
2007-02-22

Did you realise that authors of books and stories cannot patent sentences and paragraphs?


No, but neither do they need to, considering they have an automatic copyright. You know, ownership of your own creations being an innate human right and all.

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