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    yes.  you've pretty much encapsulated what some people do; this includes enthusiasts from a variety of groups including Apple fans.   in regard to the patent, i agree it's silly but it's been granted (for good or bad).  if the situation ever arises, the onus is on Apple to prove a given implementation, at the software level, is a copy in the event of alleged patent infringement.
  in regard the particular patent i highlighted, we have   " ... The invention relates, in another embodiment, to a computer implemented method. The method includes receiving multiple touches on the surface of a transparent touch screen at the same time. The method also includes separately recognizing each of the multiple touches. The method further includes reporting touch data based on the recognized multiple touches.   ... The invention relates, in another embodiment,...
    that patent link i referenced came from http://www.appleinsider.com/articles/10/10/30/apple_countersues_motorola_over_multi_touch_iphone_patents.html   if you are aware of the specifics of the Apple-Motorola case, in which Posner is referring to, that would assist in this discussion
    yes, i agree.  which leads me to believe that most people, here, who disagree with Posner do not / have not ever worked as the software application developer.
  yes.  so it appears that Apple was not able to make the irrefutable assertion that Motorola implemented (as an example)   http://patft.uspto.gov/netacgi/nph-Parser?Sect1=PTO1&Sect2=HITOFF&d=PALL&p=1&u=%2Fnetahtml%2FPTO%2Fsrchnum.htm&r=1&f=G&l=50&s1=7,663,607.PN.&OS=PN/7,663,607&RS=PN/7,663,607   in a similar fashion, at the software level.
    yes.  software patents are broken. it is quite possible that someone has independently developed some clever algorithm to solve a particular problem.  an algorithm is derived from an abstract idea.  i doubt there's a patent law that protects, outright, abstract ideas as it relates to software applications.
    why the straw man argument?  i don't think the article you quoted refers to Posner at all.
  in the past, yes http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AyuuqsGoXys
  the device is 13.5 mm thick   http://www.engadget.com/2012/06/18/microsoft-announces-surface-for-windows-8-pro/
  no.   it's likely referring to physical vapour deposition, the process of placing a thin film of material (magnesium, in this case) onto a surface.
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