|perhaps you could write the program,
then distribute it and call it ‘civil disobedience’
as a protest of these stupid patent laws.
you would have to write down all your research thoughts, and
all the process you go to in developing your algorithm, though,
because you will have to prove that you thought it up yourself
and did not use anyone elses ideas. of course, rsync is pretty obvious
to anyone with a brain, ie “why the hell do i have to download a bunch of crap i already downloaded ” –> you do not need rocket science to come up with this idea.
but to hold up in court, it would really really help
if you can show the judge, and more importantly the public
and the world, that you thought the idea up on your own,
and did not ‘steal’ it from anyone.
this is the hardest part, because most open source
people are so arrognat and stupid that they think
their ideas are ‘too important to write down or explain’
ie the ‘im not a secretary, im a big bad programmer and you should all kiss my boots’ philosophy.
however, once done, everyone who wanted to participate
in the ‘civil-disobedience’ could add the ‘civil-disobedience’ sources
to their /etc/apt/sources.list and take their place