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kid sister to read then don't post it. No flame wars, no abusive conduct, no programming
questions and please don't post ads.
Not the way you probably think- Someone went bookmarking some of my old messages in the CodeProject.TV forum
I am not even mad, even though I ask why he picked messages from the beginning of this year and not some of the newer ones
You know the world is going crazy when the best rapper is a white guy, the best golfer is a black guy, the tallest guy in the NBA is Chinese, the Swiss hold the America's Cup, France is accusing the U.S. of arrogance, Germany doesn't want to go to war, and the three most powerful men in America are named "Bush", "Dick", and "Colon."
No. It's no big deal. I bookmark stuff all the time because it looks interesting. Eventually I'll go back and take a look and sometimes realize it's not for me so I un-bookmark it. Don't think there is anything sinister going on here - the net effect is as if it never happened.
"If you think it's expensive to hire a professional to do the job, wait until you hire an amateur." Red Adair. Those who seek perfection will only find imperfection nils illegitimus carborundum
Yet another fail by Ivy Tech's filter system. The system blocked Google, Bing, and Yahoo for a while until the Administration asked the IT Team to remove those blocks (after some arguments with the company that created the filter).
Keep Clam And Proofread
√(-1) 23 ∑ π...
And it was delicious.
"Now you can continue what you were doing. We're sorry for the inconvenience—we're trying to stop spammers, not you!"
This message, I'm getting after "successfully" answering a LONG captcha code in my hotmail account while trying to send a mail.
Bad things get more visibility, & try to reach users' eyes faster. When I read the line, I only read, "Sorry your captcha was wrong, You look like a spammer". I mean, in a reflex read that happens in a milliseconds. But immediately after, we get the message right. Even this UX lag in ms shouldn't happen.
The good news rather be in bold or some kind of focus applied.
The excuses must be in small fonts.
I empathize Microsoft. Not just these, as I'm using a lot of products of them, I'm encountering a lot of "could be better" thing. Why do they have problems every little corners.
Starting to think people post kid pics in their profiles because that was the last time they were cute - Jeremy.
I am not asking for legal advice. Ok, now that everyone's butt has been covered....
I've gotten very curious about why some of my articles have gotten a very high amount of traffic, so I started poking around. It turns out that one of my articles[^] is referenced in U. S. Patent #8296730[^], held by Microsoft. Presumably, Microsoft would not have filed this patent if they did not expect to see some kind of commercial return on it.
Question 1: Does the Code Project use license permit for-profit use of the articles that people post here?
Question 2: Would I be entitled to any financial gain that Microsoft might see from this patent, seeing as my work is a reference to the patent? (Ignore, for the moment, the issues involved in trying to initiate a patent dispute with M$.)
The CodeProject Open License is summarized here and detailed here. I'd say go review those and make your own conclusions, but from what I can tell there aren't the sort of restrictions you seem to be implying for that license.
You can patent a derivative work, as long as it is unique enough. When you file a patent, you have to list any citations you know of. The patent examiner may add more, though if the citation were to fully describe the new invention, the patent wouldn't be granted. The question is whether the citations are complete and enough to fully describe the invention or make it obvious. This list can get both long and extremely obscure. Being cited generally increases the value of a patent and perhaps other sources as well, however that's as far as it goes. If being cited in a patent implied a monetary relationship, the entire system would become untenable.
It looks like your article is about how to use the extension methods that Microsoft themselves have implemented for Visual Basic. From the footnote in the patent application, it would appear that the patent writer was simply using your article as a reference for how these methods might be used. I think you should just sit back and be happy that Microsoft's attorney included a reference to your article.
As far as getting any money from Microsoft, I think even if you could afford to bring some kind of action, you'd be hard pressed to show that anything in your article would entitle you to compensation. I mean, if there were an innovation there that Microsoft was leveraging in their invention, then you might be able to claim that there was prior art (i.e. you thought of it first) and so the patent is invalid. But really, your article is all about Microsoft's extension methods. So the sequence was: 1) They invented it (perhaps up for dispute, but that's a separate matter) 2) They commercialized it, then 3) You wrote an article about how to use it. Nice, but not different than any other article about how to leverage any technology.
The citation in the patent application is no different than any other citation unless they're making claims about an invention of yours (which would be weird and unlikely). We really can't go around and sue everyone who cites our articles .
True, but the patent involved was not for a particular way of using extension methods, it was for the idea itself. And Gregory's article was a useful, but not particularly novel, sharing of what he had learned about how to use it.