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Or maybe this [Aug. 25th, 2005|06:05 pm]
Brad Fitzpatrick
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Make the text move too?

Each letter independently on its own path, speed, and fading in and out would be cool too.

[User Picture]From: phil
2005-08-26 01:29 am (UTC)
Quick! Patent the idea.
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[User Picture]From: brad
2005-08-26 01:34 am (UTC)
At least I just demonstrated prior art.
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From: photwenny
2005-08-26 05:47 am (UTC)


I'm not sure that's true, unless you patent it.

Prior art searches just look at what has been patented. Its the job of the Patent Office to issue patents. If nothing like this is patented, and someone presents a patent, they pretty much get it (at least these days).

You could challenge the patent with your prior art, but that costs money so you won't do it unless the patent holder sues you. I mean why waste your money disputing some guy's worthless patent (worthless because you have prior art that we've all seen... the "technology" itself is pretty bitchen), especially if he hasn't sued you... yet.

You have demonstrated the futility of the patent system (which moves at a pace of 17 years) in the world of computers and such: there is no lengthy, expensive research and design cycle. You've added a novel feature to your prior "invention" a mere hours later. Probably another in the time its taken me to write this, and a couple more in the comments. There's no waiting for fab, no waiting for parts to arrive, no waiting for... well, for anything except for your bladder to takes its goddamn, sweet time emptying itself in the toilet before you forget how to fix that last bug!

But I digress...

Come to think of it, an early version of the empeg (www.riocar.org) car stereo software had a screensaver similar to your effect. There was random static with the "message" as the overall brightness flickering to the music. It was really cool, but then they said it was a bug or something, and eliminated it from future versions. Much to my dismay.
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