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This Patent Application received a non-final rejection by the US Patent Office! The rejection was based in part on prior art found by Ask Patents community in this answer! "Writing DPI-Aware Win32 Applications", an article by Ryan Haveson and Ken Sykes, published by Microsoft and dated September 2008. Some of the terminology is different; Pixel Density is ...


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I'm no expert, and I'm not sure if this qualifies, but the following draft specification appears to define "temporal URI fragments" in a generic way that covers the above clauses. It was published in 2005, there are probably older variants. Extract from the abstract: Temporal addressing enables, e.g., direct access to a clip inside a video stored on a ...


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Google published this patent application on on September 30th, 2010. But YouTube (owned by Google) announced the ability to link to timestamps in videos in October, 2008 — Link To The Best Parts In Your Videos. Wouldn't that invalidate their patent on that basis? Reference: USPTO.GOV: 35 U.S.C. 102 Conditions for patentability … A person ...


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Ada95 introduced constant, which was far as I can tell was the first implementation of immutable type in the Object Oriented Design paradigm. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Immutable Nothing like trying to patent a +20 year old idea.


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Not an answer, but an attempt to save the time of people looking for answers. The following have already been presented to the USPTO by the applicant so "finding" them will not add anything. Issued Patents 1 7689908 2010-03-30 Yan,et al. 2 7689583 2010-03-30 Bozich, et al. 3 7180531 2007-02-20 Gery, et al. 4 6549214 2003-04-15 Patel, et al. 5 6213653 2001-...


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Microsoft Excel 2000 did this. Source: The Excel short menus show the most popular commands. You can always get to the rest of the commands by clicking the chevron at the bottom of a menu to display the full menu. As you continue to use Excel, frequently used commands move to the short menus and unused commands move to the full menus. "Displaying a ...


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D has had immutable types for years, very similar in definition to the patent claim: http://dlang.org/const3.html


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I thought that the html spec dealt with these as 'fragments' and has been in there for a while: Fragment Identifiers -- Axioms of Web Architecture Date: April, 1997. although it deals with music and video is not mentioned. Introduction to HTML 4 HTML 4.01 Specification, W3C Recommendation 24 December 1999. From the 1st link: For a music object, the ...


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Addressing the "transparency degree setting means" issue: I believe prior art is very clearly shown by Blender's Mist feature, which uses this technique and is documented here. That page is marked as modified in 2011, but the history goes back earlier; the use of adjusting transparency based on the distance is first mentioned in this version of the page from ...


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I think this about covers it. There is even a video that shows each part of it. http://mashable.com/2010/10/27/aislebuyer/ Article dated: Oct 27, 2010 AisleBuyer believes it can make the in-store experience more like its online counterpart. Its recently launched iPhone app enables customers to scan product bar codes for further information, reviews, and ...


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My own answer is as follows: The "Continuous Delivery" book by Dave Farley and Jez Humble published 27 July 2010 describes in detail performance testing in a Continuous Delivery pipeline. The publication date is 2 years prior to patent filing. http://www.amazon.co.uk/dp/0321601912 Name: Continuous Delivery Authors: Dave Farley and Jez Humble Publisher: ...


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Also look at this research article: http://link.springer.com/article/10.1007%2FBF00126652 ("Design and evaluation of an adaptive icon toolbar" published in 1996). In the abstract we see: This paper describes the decision-making algorithm implemented in the bar. It also describes the bar's self-adaptive behavior of displaying the frequency of each icon's ...


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I have been a GIS professional since 1969. I helped design and program two major GIS software packages. The first was a system called MOSS (Map Overlay and Statistical System). This fully interactive GIS package was deployed in 1978. MOSS had a command line interface that allowed the user to select map layers of interest (including attribute filters) and ...


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Prior art for this would appear to be OpenGL. Any version of OpenGL. Yes, even OpenGL 1.0, published in 1994. Let's take these in order: object placement means for placing a predetermined object in the virtual space; Yes, OpenGL can be used to do that. transparency degree setting means for, in accordance with a distance specified between (1) ...


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Amazon's App? Nov 2010 http://www.clickz.com/clickz/news/1899820/amazon-goes-store-sales-barcode-scanner-app-video Using the app consumers can scan a product barcode, photograph a product, or say its name into their handset to access instant pricing information. They can then purchase the item through Amazon's one-click ordering system within the ...


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This Patent Application received a Final Rejection by the US Patent Office! The rejection was based in part on prior art found by Ask Patents community in this answer! I cover all the pieces of Claim 1, as well as some of the other claims. You might want to make sure to refer to the amended version, which I just linked to, and you can also find on "Public ...


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Jez, Dan and myself published a paper at the Agile 2006 conference that covered this. The Deployment Production Line - Continuous Delivery


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I think I've found an interesting related patent in Methods and systems for displaying media in a scaled manner and/or orientation issued in 2007. There's a number of references to layout related to scale factors laying out said images and text at a virtual pixel resolution using layout pixel sizes for said images and text, so as to assign a horizontal ...


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In addition to the myriad of programs that already do this (http://pcsupport.about.com/od/filerecovery/tp/free-file-recovery-programs.htm), here is a website explaining the exact process that the patent claims to have invented (which, according to archive.org, was written in 2002): http://www.ntfs.com/disk-scan.htm It also fails under the "non-obvious" ...


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The first release of D 2.000 in 2007 had transitive immutable types in it. https://dlang.org/changelog.html


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At audionet.com we categorized radio stations, shows, networks, all content we hosted. We had news, sports, etc. We had source, host, all types if meta data for categories. In 1998 for broadcast.com we added index.broadcast.com. It indexed all the meta data and where we were able to do speech to text, the actual transcripts of the content. Any consumer ...


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Object immutability is nothing new. C and C++ have had the const qualifier for years, which achieves exactly what's mentioned in the excerpt you posted and can be imbued in a type by means of a typedef. However, the abstract from the page you linked mentions: ... Furthermore, any construction time reference that allows for field assignment of the ...


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Here's a video from 2011 of Chuck Rossi describing how they do exactly this at Facebook: http://techcrunch.com/2011/05/30/facebook-source-code/


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Tag cloud was my first thought too, although the typical tag cloud isn't based on the number of times click on an item in the cloud, rather the number of times the keyword appears somewhere (in the article, website, etc.) Although, I did find this implementation of a tag cloud (http://www.solspace.com/docs/tag/cloud/) that does provide that functionality: ...


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Please people understand Patent Terminology in this space. All of this stuff is described as solid freeform fabrication...housed under Class 425 Subclass 174 at the USPTO. I used to examine this entire spectrum of technology for years! http://web.mit.edu/~tdp/www/info-flow/publications/nsf00-conf.pdf http://www.google.com/patents/US6280785 (Base 103 ...


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One piece of prior art to this one (non-cylindrical feedstock) is here: http://blog.reprap.org/2009/03/drink-bottle-feedstock.html by me...; the blog post is about rectangular cross-section feedstock (cut from a drink bottle, but it would obviously work with any source of a rectangular shape). It also priorartizes (can that be a word?) the separate idea ...


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A quick google search found the website www.whatsyourprice.com that offers at least a very similar service (and seems more dignified about it than the inventor's site). Whois says the web site was registered in 1999. This site is by the inventor also. The first wayback machine capture with the current type of comtent is April 2. 2011. So it was before ...


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Well, Google's SearchWiki from November 2008 absolutely accepts user edits to search results. Here's the GoogleBlog write-up: http://googleblog.blogspot.com/2008/11/searchwiki-make-search-your-own.html There's also a really close match in the article "Reranking and Classifying Search Results Exhaustively Based on Edit-and-Propagate Operations" by T. ...


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http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Microsoft_Points nails it on all three claims. 1) Digital domain: The points only have value within the scope of Microsoft's online apps. 2) Security feature: The cards have a scratch-off area containing a PIN code you need to enter to redeem them. 3) Double-Spend mechanism: Points are tracked at a central server, which ...


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Here is a build system that: uses platform-independent build files; generates platform-specific build files for multiple platforms; and is template based. http://www.bakefile.org "Bakefile is cross-platform, cross-compiler native makefiles generator. It takes compiler-independent description of build tasks as input and generates native makefile (...


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