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"I've never seen a number that reads 0 from that prediction"


The reality of software patents, from a pseudonymous employee in Microsoft's future planning think-tank:

Right now anything you make violates someone's software patent. Nothing you do will not violate something someone holds. ... MS has a huge legal team that will do an evaluation before something is released to see what the predicted cost of infringement will be. I've never seen a number that reads 0 from that prediction, even for the smallest of features.

Security fixes to be patented?!


In the latest evolution of vulnerability discovery, a company called Intellectual Weapons is offering to work with researchers to develop fixes for security vulnerabilities and then patent those fixes.

Probably FUD, but still: if we needed any more evidence that software patents were a bad idea...

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