I've seen on twitter a tweet saying:

Palantir has done well turning chapters of intro computational geometry, GIS, and ontology textbooks into patents:

Looking into the results, my main concern is about the patent concerning "Simplifying a polygon" (I use polygon simplification with the MapShaper tool or the Douglas Peucker algorithm in PostGIS or GDAL ...) Do you know the impact of this patent in particular? I have to stop using polygon simplification?

closed as primarily opinion-based by PolyGeo, BradHards, Simbamangu, Fezter, Devdatta Tengshe Dec 9 '13 at 11:18

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  • Out of curiosity, could you name a specific "ontology textbook"? – whuber Dec 9 '13 at 1:51
  • Would you be able to use the edit button to revise your question because my understanding is that asking for opinions is explicitly off-topic. – PolyGeo Dec 9 '13 at 1:59
  • @whuber Handbook on Ontologies >> springer.com/business+%26+management/… – ThomasG77 Dec 9 '13 at 2:03
  • I think you should focus this question on the one specific example that you begin with and remove the last two broad questions from your Question. – PolyGeo Dec 9 '13 at 3:14
  • Already changes sentence. Not enough precise? What need to be change here now? – ThomasG77 Dec 11 '13 at 22:51

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