Friday, March 21, 2014

The Fifty Shades of Elephant Gray that is "Software"

Like the finches of Darwin's Galapagos Islands,
the term "software" has evolved over the years
to represent subtly different things to different people.
Our language does not have 50 different shades
of word for the different species we collectively call "software".

It's as if we used the term "flying things" for Darwin's finches and we didn't comprehend that such imprecise terminology just doesn't quite cut it for serving the needs of a "modern" science-based society.
And thus, when it comes to the "software" stuff, we are often caught pushing each other
off the proverbial Tower of Babel as we debate what is and isn't "software"
and whether "it" should be patent eligible.

[still under construction] ....
One writer **here** (a Mr. Martin Goetz) claims that he has the definitive definition of what software is is.
That can be disputed.

Take for example, the “configuration bits” that are loaded into a Field Programmable Gate Array (FPGA). These ones (1's) and zeroes (0's) are not instructions for execution by a “computer” but rather they are controls for how the reconfigurable signal routing wires of the FPGA are to be routed and how the reconfigurable logic blocks of the FPGA are to be configured. It is indeed “software”, but not a kind that is “executed” by a computer. So anyone who claims that all “software” is computer executed software is overstepping the bounds of reasonableness.
By the same token, anyone who claims that all “software” is pure “math” is equally stepping outside the bounds of reasonableness. (Click 'Read More' below to read more.)

Sunday, March 9, 2014

Let's Hate the Inventors

We have to hate somebody.

Maybe we should hate blacks?
No. Can't.
Not politically correct.
Don't dare use the N-WORD.

Maybe we should hate gays?
No. Can't.
No longer politically correct.
Don't dare use the F-WORD,
or any other LGBT derogatory word.

Maybe we can hate inventors?
Yes. Finally. Totally politically correct.
Do use the T-WORD.

Inventors aren't even real people.
Why they're "nerds". Ugly hideous things who hide under the bridge.
Honestly when was the last time you ran into a "true" inventor, meaning someone who went all the way by building the thing in her garage and then mass producing it and getting everyone to instantly love it and buy it? That's "innovation". Anything less is nothing.

So go ahead. Do use the T-word.
Everyone else does.
Here, here and here.

Why even the US government hates them.
Lookie here at what the US President said about them in his 2014 SOTU speech.

In its brief to the Supreme Court, the government said
inventors use "schemes".
They rely on "shadow records".
They claim "abstract ideas".
They spread their evil doings into "traditionally non-technological fields of human endeavor" and for that reason we must be vigilant and enforce "traditional limits" on them.

Get the picture?
Got it? Get them. Good.

More Hate Pieces:
1) A "Final Solution" for them who dare to invent
2) Obama: the Great T-word Slayer
3) The Patent ‘troll’ label ... worthy of ponder
4) More T-word stories

"I think this [Kill-Inventors-Bill] could get done if we keep our nose to the grindstone."

Sunday, March 2, 2014

Quid Quo Vait Fo' Us (#Hyatt)

Never mind "12 Years a Slave".
How about 40 years an inventor in waiting? (#Hyatt)

How about inventor man without a country?
(Because your Gov't is waging a "War on Inventors"?

When do America's inventors get their applause?
Their moment in the sun?
Or is America's innovative fire doused out by bureaucratic hope-kill and political kah ching?