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Comment: Re:At last? (Score 1) 43

It depends on what does the SC means by "abstract ideas." If they means:

Abstract ideas are concepts that need to be visualized, as they cannot be illustrated through concrete (real) examples. In a simple way, explaining the progression of logic in a (computer) program will be possible only if the reader can correctly visualize (imagine) it in his mind.

Then the implementation of an idea to a specific purpose makes it non-abstract and therefore can be patented. So it's not really the end of all software patents. Otherwise, further litigation might be required to establish a sound definition.

Comment: Re:That's why I prefer our fine system (Score 1) 215

by dimeglio (#46979483) Attached to: Plaintiff In Tech Hiring Suit Asks Judge To Reject Settlement
In the event of a breach of civil law (non criminal), aren't fines proportional to the tort the breach has caused? Judges usually take into account the ability to pay of the corporation when deciding on the amount. If it has to be exemplary, then the amounts would be significant. In all cases, the objective is not to kill the company but to ensure they put to settled the tort caused and more important, put in place better practices to prevent re-occurrence.

Air pollution is really making us pay through the nose.

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