[Linux-aus] Microsoft files new patent (another episode in your favourite "stupid patent" series)

Arjen Lentz arjen at mysql.com
Tue Feb 8 08:40:09 UTC 2005

Stupid patents series 23524 ...

Methods are disclosed for encoding latitude/longitude coordinates within 
a URL in a relatively compact form. The method includes converting 
latitude and longitude coordinates from floating-point numbers to 
non-negative integers. A set of base-N string representations are 
generated for the integers (N represents the number of characters in an 
implementation-defined character set being utilized). The latitude 
string and longitude string are then concatenated to yield a single 
output string. The output string is utilized as a geographic indicator 
with a URL.

For the full US patent application text see:


Or: http://tinyurl.com/3rz8t

Arjen Lentz, Community Relations Manager
MySQL AB, www.mysql.com

MySQL Users Conference (Santa Clara CA, 18-21 April 2005)
Early registration until February 28: http://www.mysqluc.com/
21 days left for early registration, 69 days until the event!

More information about the linux-aus mailing list