[FoRK] I'm SOO interested in paying for this at .

owen at permafrost.net owen at permafrost.net
Thu Jan 21 19:03:39 PST 2010

It's a Michigan company. I think if you arrived in Detroit with an idea to sell
sunbeams to extra-terrestrials, as long as it created a double digit number of jobs, 
you'd have PR companies lining up to give you pro-bono work (as well as patent lawyers),
 newspapers would offer free full page ads, the government would promise you a 200 year
 tax holiday, and real estate agents would have office space available for $.0002 per foot. 


On Thu, Jan 21, 2010 at 06:03:21PM -0800, Stephen Williams wrote:
> Until it's in UTF, forget it.
> On the other hand, we can immediately start using the 2 character  
> version that I just "invented"@.
> From Boldtype from flavorpill:
> http://www.telegraph.co.uk/technology/news/6995354/Sarcasm-punctuation-mark-aims-to-put-an-end-to-email-confusion.html
>> Sarcasm punctuation mark aims to put an end to email confusion
>> Expressing sarcasm in the written word can be a dangerous business, as  
>> anyone forced to apologise for sending a tongue-in-cheek email will  
>> confirm.
>> By Matthew Moore
>> Published: 11:45AM GMT 15 Jan 2010
>> The SarcMark costs $1.99 to download
>> Now a US firm has come up with an ingenious solution to this very real  
>> problem – a new item of punctuation.
>> The SarcMark, as it has been named, is designed to be used in the same  
>> way as an exclamation or question mark.
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>> breach of rules'
>>     *
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>>       Dear Jessica: Couple?s battle for extra £1,042 after car written off
>> Anyone concerned that the irony of their email or text message might  
>> not be appreciated by its recipient can use the symbol to close their  
>> sentence, thereby avoiding awkward misunderstandings.
>> The symbol – a dot inside a single spiral line – can be installed onto  
>> any PC running Windows 7, XP or Vista, as well as Macs and Blackberry  
>> mobile devices.
>> It can then be used in Word documents, instant messenger  
>> conversations, Outlook email and other programmes, just by pressing  
>> Ctrl and the full stop button.
>> The Michigan company behind the SarcMark have applied for a patent to  
>> protection their invention.
>> They have even published a sample list of sentences that would benefit  
>> from a SarcMark, including the words of British woman who was awarded  
>> only half of her National Lottery jackpot by a court after the winning  
>> ticket fell from her pocket and was claimed by someone else.
>> It appears that the irony of her statement – "It's jolly decent of  
>> them to let me have a half share of my win" – was lost on some readers.
>> Paul Sak of the firm said that the new punctuation mark was not a  
>> gimmick and had serious potential applications, such as allowing deaf  
>> people to pick up sarcasm in subtitles.
>> The symbol currently costs $1.99 to download – a price that many may  
>> think deserves a SarcMark of its own.
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