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Re: Strawmen and Urban Legends

From: Rui Miguel Silva Seabra
Subject: Re: Strawmen and Urban Legends
Date: Thu, 28 Dec 2006 16:50:35 +0000

Qui, 2006-12-28 às 17:32 +0100, Stefaan A Eeckels escreveu:
> > The EPO is already doing a great job as far as "software patents" are
> > concerned.
> And you are an authority on these matters. 

No, but the EPO is, an they declared about 30 thousand software patents
circa 2002.

> > > Most programmers don't write software like poems. It's written much
> > > like one would "write" mathematical formulae.
> > 
> > Oh yeah, just like mathematical formulas... When was the last time
> > that you wrote a "mathematical formula" ? High school calculus ?
> I am not a mathematician (I am a crystallographer by training and a
> programmer by trade), so I hardly ever engage in writing down theorems
> or proofs. That, however, has nothing to do with the fact that software
> is not written as a poem, but rather as a set of logically coherent
> statements in a restricted language, much more like mathematics.

Many mathematicians would argue that some works are science yet also

Anyway, math isn't patentable on sane countries.


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