Monday, July 25, 2005


United States Patent Application: 0050156873

This is not a joke. Do not attempt to laught. Microsoft wants to patent smile. Or the computer's "smile face" to be more exact. So smile away, while you can. Soon, you will be able to do so only with MS permission. On Windows? Just agree to the EULA, giving away all but your golden tooth. On Mac? Pay royalties to MS. On Linux? Better smile while you can.

I know I will.

And when the patent is granted, I will be smiling illegali. Because I am a rebel. Because I have no regard for the law. Because I am a danger to the society. Because I want to empeede innovation happening in Redmond. Because I am evil.



Woland said...

Well the patent isn't for the smiley itself but for graphic representation of the corresponding symbol sequence. Newer the less the patent is absurd.

Yury Puzis said...

Close enough. Closer then enough actually.

Irina Tsukerman said...

Did you actually manage to read the whole thing???

Yury Puzis said...

Admittedly, no :)

Irina Tsukerman said...

LOL, probably a good thing, or I would have been a little scared of you!

Yury Puzis said...

I read just the beggining and got scared myself! :)