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Oxymoron of the day
In this URL: http://patft.uspto.gov/netacgi/nph-Parser? Sect1=PTO1&Sect2=HITOFF&d=PALL&p=1&u=/netahtml/srchnum.htm&r=1&f=G&l=50&s1=6,727,830.WKU.&OS=PN/6,727,830&RS=PN/6,727,830, nph-Parser caught my attention. Looked like an oxymoron.

(And yes, I know that NPH means that it is the webserver that won't be doing the parsing and that something needs to parse stuff, but I thought I'd mention it anyway...)

BTW, the URL above is Microsoft's patent claim for taking different actions based on how long you hold in a button or how many times you press it in quick succession. Surely the half-wit processing the patent request could have thought of prior art with little more than a minute of thinking. But don't get me started on that one... (Hmm, I wonder if the person in the patent office approved it, knowing it would get people up in arms, in an effort to bring about change in the patent system...)

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no, go on, start about the patent claim!!!

here, allow me cause i already did!

i seem to recall that having to open the trash on very early mac's needed me to, oh, shit, CLICK TWICE to get at it!!!

ooh! ooh! better yet, before winblows was even thought of: i had to do it to open my drawing program in GEOS on my old commodore 64!!!

shock, flaming horror!!!

Actually, it's not really a claim on double-clicking, although the patent could be said to cover that. Its focus is on portable devices like phones and PDAs. Now, programs for PalmOS have long allowed you to specify different actions for the hard buttons depending on: how long you hold them in, how often you press them, or in what order. And someone on /. pointed out that a digital watch he used years ago did a similar thing (eg. press to see date, hold to set time).

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