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Bill Shooter of Bul,
"No, that's still math."
Agree math algorithms shouldn't be patentable. But we've seen idiotic patents over software which are not necessarily considered math, like XML case against microsoft. Software shouldn't be patentable whether it's considered math or not.
I like the definition posted earlier: any software running on commodity hardware should be in safe harbour from all patent infringement claims.
"But then again, the prices we pay aren't that bad, considering everything its capable of."
Well, I'd be curious to see an exact number of how much overhead patents are responsible for. But there are other factors that we shouldn't ignore like the monopolization of features, and technologically inefficient engineering workarounds that ultimately reduce product utility for consumers. Even corporate consolidation driven by patent acquisition has eliminated products from the market. It's difficult to put a dollar value on these kind of social costs.