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two nitpicks
Authored by: Wol on Saturday, July 21 2012 @ 04:01 PM EDT
Yup. The difference between a mathematical formula, and a patentable process is
not the fact they are both a list of instructions.

It's the fact that, given a list of instructions that is a mathematical formula
(a) it is possible to follow the instructions exactly, and (b) for any given set
of inputs, you are guaranteed to get the EXACT SAME output.

For a list of instructions that is a real world process (a) you can NOT
guarantee the same input every time, and (b) even if you could, you won't
necessarily get the EXACT SAME output.

THAT is why you get patents - they are to protect/publish the tricks needed to
guarantee consistent input and output. Something that is totally
unnecessary/irrelevant with maths.

Cheers,
Wol

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