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Comment Obviousness (Score 5, Insightful) 115

IAAPA (I am a patent agent)- My take on the matter is that software patents pass the threshold for patent eligibility, but not for patentability, which is quite different. Most software-implemented subject matter is certainly patent-eligible, but ought to be struck down under 35 U.S.C. 103 (non-obviousness). Courts have said that 101 is a threshold inquiry, and in my opinion I don't see why slashdotters would have a problem with striking down software patents not because as a class of subject matter they are ineligible, but because the vast majority are obvious.

Comment Re:Lame (Score 1) 264

Maybe the "Regular" people wouldn't be subject to the whims of the "Really Rich" people if the NYC Taxi and Limousine Commission, a government agency, didn't charge so much for licensing of taxi services to begin with. The barrier of entry is huge, and only serves to enrich the NYC government and a few taxi monopolies. The end result is the same: it ultimately hurts all of us because the cost of a taxi ride is artificially high.

In a five year period we can get one superb programming language. Only we can't control when the five year period will begin.