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There is?
Authored by: Anonymous on Saturday, November 24 2012 @ 02:54 PM EST
Well... there are resources as you mention, lots of those aren't algorithms at
all (look at an android layout for instance).

There are strings and things like that that you print out and don't manipulate

There are long license agreements (:D)

Hmm, no inventions here, just copyrightable things...

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There is?
Authored by: OpenSourceFTW on Saturday, November 24 2012 @ 04:31 PM EST
And since software consists of data and algorithims, both of which are not
patentable on their own, combining them does not suddenly make it patentable.

Period. End of discussion.

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In theory there is no difference between theory and practice ...
Authored by: jbb on Saturday, November 24 2012 @ 05:07 PM EST
... in practice there is.

Of course alogritms are an essential part of software (just like math is an essential part of physics) but there is also much more to software than just algorithms. If this were not true then you'd be out of a job. There would be no need for programmers or software engineers, we would only need computer scientists who come up with algorithms and all those algorithms would be able to magically run on all hardware platforms. As you should well know, one of the primary jobs of a programmer is to convert algorithms into working code. This is an non-trivial step and it is probably a multi-billion dollar industry.

Here is another clue. The GPL relies on copyright law. If software was just algorithms and nothing more, then there would be no place for the GPL because you certainly can't copyright an algorithm.

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than the one we’re in now — the one that we think is reality.
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