So... you wouldn't mind me posting nudie pics of you on Teh IntarwebsTM? After all, a JPEG is "just one gigantic number".
Not at all. Except this would be a civil crime, would it not?
And you wouldn't mind me posting the algorithm to generate legitimate credit card numbers? After all, it's just "one gigantic number".
Wow, you got that? Again, I suppose if you did, you'd be sentenced to a long prison term.
Fill me in: How do the examples you cite validate software patents?
- Should (educational) math programs be patented?
- Should public voting software be patented?
- Should spreadsheet programs used by the government be patented?
If numbers are used to certify, support evidence (such as DNA), verify, bill, or compensate, shouldn't their code be open to inspection?