so basically having read it, it seems the article is not really in favor of software patents, it summarizes the cases for them, and then puts forward cases against them.
and my reading is that they are basically come down against software patents, though in a very round about way.
then the article concludes by basically saying nothing and taking no point on the matter.
my summary of the article:
1) read it for the interesting pro and cons
2) ignore the title, ignore the conclusion
3) ignore houseteirs comments about the article and especially the title of his post, which really confused me.