A couple of things about this link
- I can't believe I haven't heard about this guy from Evan.
- The surfer thing is a good marketing ploy. Even a physicist needs a good a marketing person.
- I like the idea that he is trying for a simpler answer. Once again even physicist are trying to simplify things.
Software patents have devolved to defensive weapons for large companies to protect themselves against litigation from other large companies at this point. The only benefactors of software patents today are the "patent raiders" who buy up questionable patents and hold large companies for ransom (and of course their attorneys).
Two great post in a row from Mr. Waldschmidt.