I think someone - I forget who - may have been right on when they
pointed out that in ordinary fields, patents are needed to promote
investment, and are usually unambiguous and fair. In software, the idea
that any further spur to investment is needed is absurd, and the patent
system is totally broken. So I'd definitely be in favor of a total,
outright ban on software patents.
-- firstname.lastname@example.org Eliezer S. Yudkowsky http://pobox.com/~sentience/beyond.html Typing in Dvorak Programming with Patterns Writing in Gender-neutral Voting for Libertarians Heading for Singularity There Is A Better Way
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