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==Continuous innovation==
 
==Continuous innovation==
{{main|Software relies on incremental development}}
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Programmers have new ideas while developing software.  That is, while implementing the ideas they planned to implement, they will naturally need to think of other ideas.
 
Programmers have new ideas while developing software.  That is, while implementing the ideas they planned to implement, they will naturally need to think of other ideas.
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==Mathematical nature==
 
==Mathematical nature==
  
{{also|Software is math|#Intangible}}
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The rules that exclude software from patentability do so on the grounds of similarity with mathematics: you should not be able to patent pure expressions of mathematics and logic or their use by [[Software does not make a computer a new machine|an existing machine]] leading to [[#Software is unlike applied science|no novel invention in the physical sciences]]. This is exactly what we have, either when we consider software as text, or when looked at as a set of steps (algorithms) being carried out by a machine purely to determine a new answer to something, changing saved information, and communicating the results (acts that require just a "mind" and trivial uses of existing physical parts used in their ordinary ways, much as a human uses a mind while using eyes and ears to acquire extra information and finally a mouth and hands with basic utensils to communicate and record what was processed in the mind -- no novel invention in the physical sciences got created).
 
The rules that exclude software from patentability do so on the grounds of similarity with mathematics: you should not be able to patent pure expressions of mathematics and logic or their use by [[Software does not make a computer a new machine|an existing machine]] leading to [[#Software is unlike applied science|no novel invention in the physical sciences]]. This is exactly what we have, either when we consider software as text, or when looked at as a set of steps (algorithms) being carried out by a machine purely to determine a new answer to something, changing saved information, and communicating the results (acts that require just a "mind" and trivial uses of existing physical parts used in their ordinary ways, much as a human uses a mind while using eyes and ears to acquire extra information and finally a mouth and hands with basic utensils to communicate and record what was processed in the mind -- no novel invention in the physical sciences got created).
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==Low risk==
 
==Low risk==
  
{{also|Low risk}}
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The devil's bargain can be called a bargain only if it benefits someone besides the devil. A major justification for the bargain, the encouragement of entry by new people with new ideas into industries with high cost of entry, i.e. high risk, does not apply to software development. Software development is exceptionally cheap, thus [[low risk]].
 
The devil's bargain can be called a bargain only if it benefits someone besides the devil. A major justification for the bargain, the encouragement of entry by new people with new ideas into industries with high cost of entry, i.e. high risk, does not apply to software development. Software development is exceptionally cheap, thus [[low risk]].

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