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Re: Tom Tom and Microsofts Linux patent lock-down ..

From: Hyman Rosen
Subject: Re: Tom Tom and Microsofts Linux patent lock-down ..
Date: Tue, 17 Mar 2009 16:42:43 -0400
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Alan Mackenzie wrote:
Communicating with a court official in English is in no way
> analogous to communicating with a computer in English.

You see, that's your problem. In fact, it's exactly analogous.

To be useful, law must be predictable. That predictability
comes from the written laws, from examination of how those laws
have been applied in similar situations, and from the procedures
that keep the process properly flowing. All of this is done by
professionals in a stylized manner whose relation to ordinary
English communication is not dissimilar to the way computer
programming languages are related to ordinary English.

Inserting amateurs will only gum up the works, not make things
better, the same as in any other profession.

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