I humbly retract my trolling comment, I can see the possible relevance of that case. Since you actually took the time to respond in a clear and rational manner, and did not tell anyone to die in a fire, I'm assuming you are not one of our usual cave dwelling denizens. Why, then, did you begin your thread with name calling? Or do you really think "Pirate Mike" is a term of endearment?
Any patent that doesn't include a circuit diagram or engineering drawing of a real THING is invalid. Thus all software patents and just about all "system and method" patents are invalid.
You want to create a piece of hardware to handle a software problem? Fine, you can get a patent on that EXACT implementation of that solution. You want to claim that you "own" any software solution that answers problem X? Fuck you.
It was better than that on Comedy Central Tuesday night during Tosh.0: there were THREE banners (1 from Viacom, 2 from DirecTV), all bitching and calling each other liars and telling the viewer to call 800-blahblah to complain. If it wasn't taking up so much screen real-estate it would have been hilarious; as it was though, it was just incredibly annoying.