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Amazon's Winding Course Through the Patent Jungle 13

ericjones12398 writes "On one hand, Amazon is not exactly short on patents themselves. The 'non-exhaustive list' on the company's site is a tidy little bundle of e-commerce IP, with a few questionable software patents — including a 1-click buying method, a Lodsys-baiting in-app purchasing method and a social networking patent, all of which have achieved a somewhat notorious reputation. Indeed, the last fiscal year was as significant for Amazon's litigation as for the company's behind-closed-doors acquisitions."

Comment Re:But do we really need a separate CS dept anymor (Score 1) 112

Actually I find that Computer Science is one of the most narrow disciplines.

I disagree; having any sort of thorough knowledge about computers requires at least some education from almost all parts of the STEM curricula. Any person who actually gives a shit about computers should know (with at least some rudimentary level of competency) a whole spectrum of things from semiconductor theory to abstract models of computation. The set of sciences and fields of mathematics you need to now master to have a solid understanding of the operation of a computer is mind boggling.

Numeric stability is probably not all that important when you're guessing.