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The Plague of Patents and the Weird World of Software Development

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Andy Rutledge points us over to the site Coding Horror for a really fascinating story about the battle ground that is software development in “The Coming Software Apocalypse.” Even if you aren’t a tech person, and lord knows that we aren’t, it’s a great read up on what’s going on behind the scenes with everyone from major corporations to mom and pop operations trying to patent the backends of their software, while the industry simultaneously tries to figure out just what exactly patents are doing in the industry in the first place. There are all of good examples in the piece, employing other professional arenas (like cooks not being able to patent recipes or the lack of control over mathematical formulas), allowing a firm grasp on just how nuts the world of designing software is. After reading, we’ll stick to our whatever-it-is-that-we-do, thank you very much.

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