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  • #16
    Originally posted by BlueJayofEvil View Post
    That is a group of cancer patients suing a pharmaceutical company not a pharmaceutical company suing cancer patients.

    (Good luck to them, though, hope they win)

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    • #17
      um... that means it will take...

      about 40 minutes to make that money back.

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      • #18
        Patent reduced to pure math!

        This is very interesting http://tech.slashdot.org/story/11/05/01/1746231/Patent-5893120-Reduced-To-Pure-Math

        US Patent #5,893,120 has been reduced to mathematical formulae as a demonstration of the oft-ignored fact that there is an equivalence relation between programs and mathematics. You may recognize Patent #5,893,210 as the one over which Google was ordered to pay $5M for infringing due to some code in Linux. It should be interesting to see how legal fiction will deal with this. Will Lambda calculus no longer be 'math'? Or will they just decide to fix the inconsistency and make mathematics patentable?

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