Bilksi Amicus Curae Briefs Filed, Source Control for Legislation, and More

  • Comic depicting the search for logical certainty in mathematics
    The period this graphic novel covers coincides with early developments in computing, too, and appeals to me because of the overlap and that early computer science draws so heavily on mathematics, especially this sort of logical pursuit.
  • Why not use source control for legislation?
    It isn’t surprising that I’d like the idea of using source control for things other than source code. The idea put forward here in an Ask Slashdot post makes a great deal of sense, in particular being able to assess incremental changes rather than reviewing the entire, monolithic body of a draft every time around.
  • The IT Crowd is coming back for a fourth season/series
    Cory was the one who first turned me onto this show. If you are any sort of computer geek, I suspect it will draw you in as deeply as it did me. I love the humor, regardless of the set dressing, but the production was done with extra care and attention that makes me really dig it on a whole other level.
  • EFF files amicus brief to SCOTUS for Bilski
    Not surprising given how strongly pro-innovation and against software patents the EFF has been. Their release gives a bit of background of you haven’t been following the appeal of a case that could be critical at least for business method patents but potentially the patentability of software too.
  • Red Hat files Bilski brief
    Ryan Paul has an excellent write up at Ars of Red Hat’s interest and their brief in Bilski. It is also not surprising to see Red Hat come out against software patents given their work to defend free software and open source projects from trolls and potential trolls in the past.
  • SFLC files a Bilski brief
    PJ has an excellent write up at Groklaw of the SFLC’s main points. Not surprisingly, they are re-inforcing and expanding the suggestion put forward by Knuth and others that algorithms are not patentable in the same way that mathematics are not patentable.

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