Subject: Re: what defines source code in (A)GPL ?
From: John Cowan <>
Date: Tue, 13 Jul 2010 08:19:44 -0400

David Woolley scripsit:

> Although, in theory, trivial and obvious things are not patentable,
> big company marketing departments tend to succeed in patenting the
> most obvious things, probably because they believe their own propaganda
> that they are innovative.

This is exacerbated by the behavior of patent offices, particularly
the USPTO, which rather than acting in the public interest, acts in
the interests of patent writers, and measures itself by the quantity,
rather than the quality, of the patents it issues.

John Cowan
[P]olice in many lands are now complaining that local arrestees are insisting
on having their Miranda rights read to them, just like perps in American TV
cop shows.  When it's explained to them that they are in a different country,
where those rights do not exist, they become outraged.  --Neal Stephenson