M$ Patents sudo

D. Hugh Redelmeier hugh-pmF8o41NoarQT0dZR+AlfA at public.gmane.org
Wed Nov 11 22:05:30 UTC 2009

| From: Jamon Camisso <jamon.camisso-H217xnMUJC0sA/PxXw9srA at public.gmane.org>

| John Myshrall wrote:
| > This should be a late April Fools joke from the USPTO. As someone points out
| > "Suedo" me please. I wonder when they will patent the on button?
| > 
| > http://www.groklaw.net/article.php?story=20091111094923390
| IBM already has a patent for check boxes:
| http://patft.uspto.gov/netacgi/nph-Parser?patentnumber=7,278,116

I find patents hard to read.

Neither of these patents seem to be for exactly what the critics
claim.  Not that I like these patents.

The MS one seems to ask about raising priviledge when the current
level won't work for a requested operation.  sudo does not do that.
Lots of other things do.

The check box patent seems to be about some way of flipping the state
of some collection of clickboxes with one command.  I don't quite get

Why do all groklaw articles have "OT - Off Topic thread starts here"?
Isn't there a better place to put such things?  The top posting in
OT for the sudo patent article is a pointer to this complaint about
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