|Authored by: Anonymous on Thursday, July 19 2012 @ 05:50 PM EDT|
|Java is an interpreter for data that encodes a sequence of instructions|
(logical/arithmentic operations) for an imaginary computer. You copy the
"applet" (which is pure data) onto your machine and see what the
interpreter makes of it.
DVD Player is an interpreter for data that encodes a sequence of images
(logically, bits representing colors) for an imaginary computer. You copy the
"movie" (which is pure data) into your computer, a few x-illion bits
at a time, and see what the interpreter makes of it.
After all, a DVD player is just a computer without a proper keyboard.
Now, tell me again why I can't patent a "machine that plays Star Wars
Because nobody has ever thought of (well, patented...) a machine that does that.
It's "sufficiently restricted as to field of use" so as not to limit
"innovation" (well, patenting of the exact same machine) for other
fields of use like "playing reruns of the Lucy Show".
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