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Comment Re:Proposal (Score 3, Insightful) 147

Ok, let's be fundamental about this. Isn't it strange that we should consider "software" as different from other intellectual property? If X hours of work have been invested into the invention of a clever software routine, then, it would be strange if a patent could not be granted for that work while a patent would be granted for some physical apparatus that also took X hours to develop.

Fundamentally, software is already different from other intellectual property as it also has copyright protection. Why should one body of work be allowed to be protected under two completely different IP regimes? Copyright protection is enough to encourage the advancement of the arts and sciences of software. Patents appear to be a hindrance.

Comment Re:As a sortware patent holder... (Score 1) 147

And be glad the duration is 70+life years instead of hundreds of years. I mean imagine if you bought land or a house and you have rights to it only for 70+life years. After that, your children/descendants would have to vacate the place and it would be public property, perhaps a park. Does that seem okay to you?

Please... copyrights are a deal between the government and authors that in exchange for doing the hard work of creating, the government will offer a monopoly on REPRODUCING the content for a LIMITED period of time. The actual physical copies that the authors create (the manuscripts, for example) are still theirs to keep FOREVER. Just like me and my house.

Comment Re:and then they broke it even worse (Score 2) 800

Oh! The Dog! Don't get me started on the Dog!

I don't know why, but I have rarely felt more frustration than the hundreds of times I have told search to "turn off animation" for clients and then be forced to wait through an animation of the animation being turned off. It's like Microsoft just HAS to get the last word in. You don't like our animation? Well here's a little more of what you JUST TOLD US YOU DON'T LIKE! What're you going to do about it?

Comment Re:TRS 80 Model I (Score 1) 623

I was lucky. I was able to afford the Model I Level II with 16K of RAM using my baby-sitting money!

And Radio Shack had more than just the BASIC programming manual. They also had a Technical Reference manual that explained the full theory of operation including the timing, the generation of the video signal, the reading of the character data out of ROM...Everything!

I learned enough about digital electronics from that single manual to design my own programmable EPROM board that allowed me to rewrite the character font table.

It also helped me repair the unit after a mouse crawled inside and urinated all over the main board dissolving a number of traces.

The ATARI 800 I purchased a few years later had great documentation, too. The entire kernel was explained. MAN! What happened? Nothing comes with documentation any more!

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