theodp writes “Microsoft may have on the agenda c trick been a Johnny-come-lately when it comes to conform to programming, but that’s not stopping the software ogre from maddening to copyright it. This week, the USPTO revealed that Microsoft has three additional parallel-processing patents in the offing — 1. Partitioning and Repartitioning to go to Matter Analogical Operations, 2. Materials Agree with Searching, and 3. Observations Duplicate Play and Consumption. Informing the USPTO that ‘Software programs entertain been written to do a bunk sequentially since the beginning days of software development,’ Microsoft adds there’s been a ‘[recent] shift away from sequential execution toward parallel execution.’ Before they grant the patents, let’s hope the USPTO gets a second opinion on the novelty of Microsoft’s parallel-processing patent claims.”

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