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per-coffeemug is better

Don is thinking about filing "per-chair, per-desk, and per-floormat software pricing methods" in response to Sun's per-employee software pricing patent.

Don, patents are serious stuff, and you're foolish in not taking them seriously. I wish you would. The growth of patents such as these should be not just accepted but applauded. I am thus compelled to reply. If my language appears overly circuitous, it is only because I avoid vitriol through an overextended misuse of formalisms. Which also excuses this redundant explanation.

I was saying.

Patents provide "glory" as the article says, and this is for a good and simple reason: patents are the work of Heroes. Paraphrasing attorney-at-law Lionel Hutz: "I don't use the word Hero very often. But patent applicants are among some of the greatest American heroes of all time."

Let me, Don, also point out some of the problems in your childish proposal.

First, floormats are not common in software development environments.

Carpets, maybe. But not floormats.

And something else: what is up with static electricity and carpets? It hurts when I touch metallic stuff and the spark or whatever goes off. I wish that would stop. Can't we invent a system to make electricity only come from some kind of socket on walls or something?

But I digress.

Second point: many programmers share desks. How are you, Don, going to get around that? How about when a chair breaks?

Third, I am already filing per-coffeemug patents which will box in youir per-chair and per-floormat patents in no time.

Per-coffeemug is also superior to per-employee, which is login based. Users are very protective of their coffee mugs, more than they are of their login/password combinations.

I will soon have the world-wide market on software pricing patents cornered. I will then sell the license at a fair price (reference for that can be the price of a box of Windows XP for example) and use the proceeds to purchase a coconut farm on an island in the Caribbean (preferably one that comes with monkey-butlers).

PS: I am also patenting this blog entry. Just in case.

Categories: technology
Posted by diego on October 1, 2004 at 2:58 PM


Related to my comment spam problems (and the drastic solution I "implemented" of simply disabling the script), Toni recently pointed specifically to scode. I looked at something like this (and it led me to consider something similar but with a random text string instead of an image, and in a random hidden text field included in the form), the problem with an image-based solution is that it increases load on the server (every static page calls a script) and I don't want to do that until I switch servers (any day now! :)) since this server is edge already.

Then again I haven't looked for other solutions since late August. I need to get this done eventually -- at this point I am probably just being lazy. Or "spring feverish". :)

Categories: technology
Posted by diego on October 1, 2004 at 1:45 PM


Reason for not blogging this past week or so: officially: travel and such. Unoficially: blog-rest. Even more unoficially: blog-sloth.

Eternal Sunshine... is, btw, a fantastic movie. Not surprising it's the same writer as that of Being John Malkovich (another all-time favorite).

For some reason I decided to look up synonyms of sloth (see two paragraphs up). You've got (predictably) "laziness", "sluggishness", "lethargy", "indolence". But you've also got (less predictably) "spring fever" and "lotus-eating."

Lotus-eating? What the...?

"slothfulness" is, btw, another synonym for sloth.

And I'll stop with the synonyms already.

Categories: personal
Posted by diego on October 1, 2004 at 1:28 PM

quote of the day

"I really like your hair."

Joel (played by Jim Carrey), in Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind.

Posted by diego on October 1, 2004 at 1:10 PM

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