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

Jeremy Apthorp nornagon at gmail.com
Thu Jan 21 19:18:58 PST 2010


...

a patent?! seriously?

who thought this was a good business model? Can we remove them from
the gene pool?

j



2010/1/22  <owen at permafrost.net>:
> 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.
>
> Owen
>
> 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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>>>
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>>>     *
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>>>
>>> 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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