Subject: Re: [FYI] Microsoft license spurns open source
From: "Brian J. Fox" <bfox@ua.com>
Date: Tue, 26 Jun 2001 12:14:03 -0700


   From: Lynn Winebarger <owinebar@free-expression.org>
   Date: Tue, 26 Jun 2001 03:00:46 -0500


   > because then they would have to make
   > it public (as part of the patenting process). Patenting speaks to the
   > "code as machine" aspect of code.
   >
       Actually, they don't have to fully disclose the code, only
       enough details of the algorithm so that a practitioner in the
       field can construct the device.

It is common(!) to deliver a pile of paper which is an octal dump of
the patented algorithm from an unspecifid processor.

Brian
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