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Microsoft Patents "Fonts With Feelings"

timothy posted more than 4 years ago | from the schoolhouse-rock-prior-art dept.

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theodp writes "Seems like those old IBM flaming logo commercials (video) should count as prior art, but the USPTO granted Microsoft a patent Tuesday for inventing Fonts With Feelings. Giving font characters sound, motion, and altered appearance, Microsoft asserts, gives a user 'the impression the fonts have personalities,' thereby enhancing the user's understanding and/or fluency of words. From the patent: 'As a few non-limiting examples, the word 'giant' can get very large; the word 'lion' can morph into a line drawing of a lion; the word 'toss' can morph into a hand that animates a ball toss; the word 'bees' could show bees flying around with or without a 'buzz' sound effect'. If you're curious, Microsoft Research offers some explanations and examples of 'fontlings' in action — don't miss 'f' kicks 'a'!"

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and the world Microsoft... (2, Funny)

Silly Man (15712) | more than 4 years ago | (#32431986)

The world Microsoft can morph into a Monopoly game board.

Re:and the world Microsoft... (2, Interesting)

eldavojohn (898314) | more than 4 years ago | (#32432096)

And if you type 'Ballmer' the B morphs into a miniature Carl Brutananadilewski from Aqua Teen Hunger Force [mcarterbrown.com] and starts sweating profusely while throwing the other letters at you while shouting 'DEVELOPERS DEVELOPERS DEVELOPERS DEVELOPERS!"

Re:and the world Microsoft... (2, Funny)

Jeremiah Cornelius (137) | more than 4 years ago | (#32432464)

HEY!

<BLINK>

tag gone WILD!

Re:and the world Microsoft... (1)

gyrogeerloose (849181) | more than 4 years ago | (#32433600)

HEY!

<BLINK>

tag gone WILD!

Yea, verily. And this is an abomination in the eyes of the LORD!

Okay, maybe not, but it's sure a hell an abomination in the eyes of Gyrogeerloose. If I needed anything to stoke the furnace of my dislike of Microsoft, this would be it.

Re:and the world Microsoft... (-1, Offtopic)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#32432602)

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Re:and the world Microsoft... (0, Offtopic)

Silly Man (15712) | more than 4 years ago | (#32432102)

Bah! you still can't delete your own comments. That is so 1988!

Re:and the world Microsoft... (1, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#32432144)

Seriously, sometime it seems to me that microsoft is the best at trolling microsoft, I could never have imagined something absurd like that patent, but they DID it...

Re:and the world Microsoft... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#32433086)

"I prefer to quote her by the letter. I have yet to find a better way to insult that woman."

(Volker Pispers about German chancellor Angie Merkel)

Cue in fucktard sopssa trolling in 3, 2, 1, ... (-1, Offtopic)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#32432000)

Sopssa is a troll. Remember it moderators.

Re:Cue in fucktard sopssa trolling in 3, 2, 1, ... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#32433324)

He's not a troll he's a shill.

Too Late (-1, Offtopic)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#32432002)

Apple has already patented both fonts and feelings.

Isreal has petented Jews committing Genocide.

The United States of America of course patented ignorance and indifference in 1985.

frist psto (-1, Offtopic)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#32432006)

got it

Just like WordWorld and a million others (3, Informative)

jbeaupre (752124) | more than 4 years ago | (#32432010)

http://www.wordworld.com/ [wordworld.com] Then again, the actual claims of the patent may be something entirely different than the summary.

Re:Just like WordWorld and a million others (1)

jellyfrog (1645619) | more than 4 years ago | (#32432544)

Then again, the actual claims of the patent may be something entirely different than the summary.

It does seem almost inevitable.

Re:Just like WordWorld and a million others (2, Interesting)

Yvanhoe (564877) | more than 4 years ago | (#32432782)

Because if it is the idea that they claim, it is quite silly : http://creativebits.org/files/zoomorphic_calligraphy.jpg [creativebits.org] (Someone told me this is a fisherman's poem)
But remember : a millenium-old practice is innovative when it is done ON A COMPUTER !

Re:Just like WordWorld and a million others (1)

Gilmoure (18428) | more than 4 years ago | (#32433144)

Damn it! We fell off the computer. Coulda' patented that.

Re:Just like WordWorld and a million others (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#32433802)

I know this is not very related to the topic but I just wanted to clarify that the link you pointed to was a verse in the Quran that talks about the sea and fishermen. Of course the caligraphy post-dates this verse by a at least 100s of years. I would guess it could be only about 200-300 years old.

Re:Just like WordWorld and a million others (1)

russotto (537200) | more than 4 years ago | (#32432986)

Then again, the actual claims of the patent may be something entirely different than the summary.

Correct, but the claims are even dumber.

Much used word (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#32432014)

how do they animate "fuck" ?

Not sure but... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#32433474)

Your mother figures prominently

USPTO (1)

DarkKnightRadick (268025) | more than 4 years ago | (#32432016)

epic fail

Re:USPTO (1)

oldspewey (1303305) | more than 4 years ago | (#32432184)

epic fail?

I suppose I'd animate that as a bunch of letters aimlessly milling about while discordant music plays in the background. Then the letters eventually align themselves into the two words, but it's limp and dangles downward at the end, like it can't muster the energy to be a solid, rigid phrase.

frist psot (-1, Offtopic)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#32432022)

fonts are pants

Prior art exists (3, Informative)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#32432026)

There are kids shows already doing this "Word world" among them. Gratz to MS for patenting something that is probably 10 years old and in common usage.

Re:Prior art exists (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#32433922)

NEXT UP: Microsoft patents fonts that make Ballmer cry.

and Microsoft ... (0, Redundant)

Silly Man (15712) | more than 4 years ago | (#32432046)

and the word Mircosoft will morph into a Monopoly game board.

The words of the day are... (1, Insightful)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#32432052)

Prior Art. Noone watches seasame street with their kids? They do that stuff all the time.

Re:The words of the day are... (1)

hedwards (940851) | more than 4 years ago | (#32433242)

Didn't the electric company as well as school house rock also do that? And well probably just about every other children's educational show?

Re:The words of the day are... (1)

tater86 (628389) | more than 4 years ago | (#32433318)

Here's the invention:

1. A computer-readable storage medium having computer-executable instructions for causing a computer to perform steps comprising: reading a file comprising text representing a sentence comprising a plurality of words, wherein one or more words in the sentence represented by the text are targeted in the file with a defined tag for applying a customizable instructional font included in the file to the text of the one or more words targeted with the defined tag, the file including a tag definition referenced by the defined tag associated with the instructional font and specifying at least one event and at least one action to promote word understanding performed in response to the at least one event; displaying the sentence in a user interface of a program that aids a word understanding of a user and that allows the user to request multiple stages of informational output for interpreting meaning of a displayed word in the sentence that is targeted with the defined tag for the instructional font, wherein each stage of informational output communicates the meaning of the displayed word to the user using a different media effect to promote word understanding in multiple stages; receiving input from the user to interact with at least a portion of the text of a displayed word in the sentence that is targeted with the defined tag, the input corresponding to an event specified by the tag definition; determining whether the input comprises a request for informational output for interpreting the meaning of the displayed word; determining a stage of informational output for the request based on whether the input comprises a subsequent request for informational output; and performing at least one action specified by the tag definition in the file and corresponding to the stage of informational output to render a media effect for communicating the meaning of the displayed word to the user.

I don't remember seeing that on Sesame Street, but it's been a while.

Re:The words of the day are... (2, Funny)

Richard Steiner (1585) | more than 4 years ago | (#32433420)

Psst... This is with a computer. That makes it TOTALLY new.

Marketeering is not Research (1)

SgtChaireBourne (457691) | more than 4 years ago | (#32433808)

That's where their "researchers" got the idea in the first place.

"Fonts With Feelings" (1)

John Hasler (414242) | more than 4 years ago | (#32432066)

Because no one can express feelings with words.

Prior fuzzy art! (2, Informative)

djkitsch (576853) | more than 4 years ago | (#32432082)

I'm pretty sure Sesame Street's been doing this for quite some years!

40 years of Prior Art (3, Informative)

lymond01 (314120) | more than 4 years ago | (#32432098)

Apparently no one at Microsoft watches Sesame Street.

Re:40 years of Prior Art (2, Insightful)

Nerdfest (867930) | more than 4 years ago | (#32432116)

... or realizes that words are not fonts.

Re:40 years of Prior Art (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#32432410)

I think you have it backwards. People at Microsoft watch Sesame Street, people at the patent office do not.

HITLER (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#32432716)

... on a computing machine or apparatus.

See, that changes EVERYTHING.

Re:40 years of Prior Art (1)

Stan92057 (737634) | more than 4 years ago | (#32433152)

Nor does anyone at the patent office

Re:40 years of Prior Art (2, Funny)

Nerdfest (867930) | more than 4 years ago | (#32433416)

No, but they do have a Mickey Mouse operating system.

Hmmm (1)

krou (1027572) | more than 4 years ago | (#32432110)

"the word 'toss' can morph into a hand that animates a ball toss"

Ummm ... not quite the intended image I had in my mind when I read this.

Re:Hmmm (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#32432176)

tosser

A few non-limiting examples (1)

TheStatsMan (1763322) | more than 4 years ago | (#32432120)

What a stupid concept. Just patent my ass already.

Re:A few non-limiting examples (1)

Icegryphon (715550) | more than 4 years ago | (#32432194)

But then we might have to sue your ass,
and your balls.

Alternative suggestion... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#32432168)

The word "toss" could morph into a pictogram of this patent, as in "a load of".

Hi there ! (4, Funny)

thrill12 (711899) | more than 4 years ago | (#32432182)

I am seeing that you feel sad today ! Would you like me to comfort you by becoming a bit italic ?
-> No
You are very stubborn today, that fits just perfectly with a bold face type ! Would you like me to change to bold ?
-> No
Ah, you probably misunderstood me and want to get a clear sans-serif font ! Yes ?
....
Clippy's offspring ? :)

Re:Hi there ! (2, Funny)

mtrachtenberg (67780) | more than 4 years ago | (#32432978)

So what would you like to write about?

->Google.

(Turns red.) Oh, my.

->I hear they've banned Microsoft Windows.

(Turns blue.) Oh, dear.

->Something about security, I think.

(Turns invisible.)

->Bye now.

Graphic (1)

Databass (254179) | more than 4 years ago | (#32432208)

What do words like "orgy" morph into?

Re:Graphic (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#32432830)

Something resembling a cluster?

Sounds stupid, looks worse (3, Insightful)

bhunachchicken (834243) | more than 4 years ago | (#32432218)

The very first thing I thought of when I read the summary was those annoying cursors, graphical emotes, and the ton of Smiley Central-like websites that did the rounds a few years ago.

If Microsoft having a patent on this idea stops us having to put up with:

lol!! i just got an email with all the letters dancing and singing, and doing a poo on each other!! lol!! i'm going to forward on to everyone i know who won't give a fuck!!1 hahahaha!! lol!!!!

then they can keep it. It'll likely be about as successful and world changing as the Zune was [youtube.com] , anyway.

Re:Sounds stupid, looks worse (1)

clone53421 (1310749) | more than 4 years ago | (#32433284)

Ha. Yeah right... you’ve just explained why the patent is completely stupid and unenforceable (both because of prior art, which you just described, and because there is no way in hell that MS can keep everyone from forwarding those e-mails).

Surely, (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#32432250)

this is one of the signs of the coming apocalypse...

For god's sake... (1)

Sepultura (150245) | more than 4 years ago | (#32432290)

For god's sake nobody type "developers" 3 times!!!

Obvious, obvious, obvious!!! (1)

clone53421 (1310749) | more than 4 years ago | (#32432296)

As a few non-limiting examples, the word 'giant' can get very large; the word 'lion' can morph into a line drawing of a lion; the word 'toss' can morph into a hand that animates a ball toss; the word 'bees' could show bees flying around with or without a 'buzz' sound effect

Who’s the fucking genius who thought up those examples? I bet an average four-year-old could have come up with something like that, and if your average four-year-old can think of something it’s way to obvious to be patentable.

It makes me want to go out and find those exact examples to prove how obvious they are (I’m sure they’ve been done a time or two), but I don’t have the time.

Re:Obvious, obvious, obvious!!! (1)

John Hasler (414242) | more than 4 years ago | (#32434046)

> It makes me want to go out and find those exact examples to prove how
> obvious they are (I'm sure they've been done a time or two), but I don't
> have the time.

They are trying to patent a method of doing this, not the idea of doing it. Read the claims.

Genuine People Personalities! (1)

Blitter (15795) | more than 4 years ago | (#32432300)

Douglas Adams descibed people doing this sort of thing with elevators as I recall. I think it worked out less well than the designers anticipated...

welcome back geocities web design (1)

SoupGuru (723634) | more than 4 years ago | (#32432310)

<blink>Just think of the new generation of people we'll have to wean off of stupid design decisions.</blink>

To Be Fair... (1)

The MAZZTer (911996) | more than 4 years ago | (#32432318)

...from TFS it sounds like MS wants to patent the ability to build this functionality into fonts, rather than the animating functionality itself.

Re:To Be Fair... (1)

jank1887 (815982) | more than 4 years ago | (#32433316)

which is actually quite a lofty goal, since to do that every font file will now have to bloat itself up to include either a full dictionary with animations or an AI with full language comprehension (My CPU is a neural net processor; a learning computer).

This is a good thing (1)

JPLemme (106723) | more than 4 years ago | (#32432338)

Software patents are stupid, but I'm happy to give MS a monopoly on fontlings, if only so that I can spend the next 17 years never being subjected to a fontling. (I hope.)

Microsoft patents Schoolhouse Rock (2, Interesting)

bluefoxlucid (723572) | more than 4 years ago | (#32432360)

We've seen this before....

MS, implement this! (1)

dushkin (965522) | more than 4 years ago | (#32432382)

It sounds like a crap idea, so please - implement this, and I hope you lose a lot of money.

Clippy 2.0.

Return of Redmond Horror: Comic Sans Strikes Back (1)

solaraddict (846558) | more than 4 years ago | (#32432384)

Coming soon, to a website near you!

Do not want (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#32432416)

I do not want this. I want to use Courier New. If that is not good enough I can use Times New Roman or Ariel.

According to this patent, fonts will become more annoying than Comic Sans. I just want to use Word for serious writing and that means using serious fonts.

Re:Do not want (1)

losfromla (1294594) | more than 4 years ago | (#32433032)

I do not want this... I can use ... Ariel.

I think using Ariel is a bit coarse and probably illegal, you do realize that she is underage in most modern municipalities, right?

MicroSoft patents Patent Process (2, Funny)

theNAM666 (179776) | more than 4 years ago | (#32432434)

Redmond, Wash: Today MicroSoft announced that it had obtained a patent on the process necessary to obtain a patent, said Steve Ballmer, simultaneously announcing his position as MicroSoft's new Chief Extortionist. "This is a testament to MicroSoft's continuing innovation in the area of innovation," said Ballmer, "and the debt that all corporations owe to MicroSoft for innovating and, er, innovating the patent process."
MicroSoft then announced a patent license application process, wherein all new patent license applicants will need to apply to MicroSoft and pay a licensing fee before applying to the USPTO. Rumours on the street also indicated that MicroSoft was preparing its legal division to send Cease and Desist notices to anyone filing patent application who had not applied for and received a license to apply for a patent from MicroSoft, and a concurrent series of suits claiming that patents granted to applicants who had not received licenses from MicroSoft were the property of MicroSoft.
"Innovatively protecting our innovation and all our innovative property rights is the core of innovation," said Ballsymer.

I'm actually OK with granting MS this patent (3, Insightful)

gman003 (1693318) | more than 4 years ago | (#32432436)

I'm actually OK with granting MS this patent, because this is a terrible idea. These "animated fonts" are going to be worse than Comic Sans. Most people have difficulty reading text moving in any way besides scrolling, and even that can cause problems.

If MS gets essentially a monopoly on this, then once they realize how retarded it is, nobody will be using them.

Re:I'm actually OK with granting MS this patent (1)

oztiks (921504) | more than 4 years ago | (#32432746)

As a web developer i don't care. The definition of a font would _have_ to be unrastered, in the web world we are limited to like what ... 5 different fonts? and they are all fairly "emotionless" at best.

They beat me to it (1)

Tisha_AH (600987) | more than 4 years ago | (#32432482)

So does this mean that whenever I read a Microsoft press release I cannot chant "bullshit, bullshit, bullshit" any more since they have patented sounds associated with fonts.

Now if we can only get them to use their very own patented font for anything they write like this turkey of an idea.

Gobble Gobble Microsoft

Too big, too unfocused (2, Interesting)

Infonaut (96956) | more than 4 years ago | (#32432484)

It's a shame, really. MS spends a lot of money on R&D, but they seem to get so few groundbreaking shipping products from it.

Re:Too big, too unfocused (1)

Reziac (43301) | more than 4 years ago | (#32433528)

Yeah, but it saves everyone else a ton of R&D money, by clearly demonstrating what won't work!

Dumb (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#32432502)

And in other news, Microsoft attempts to prove how stupid the US Patent Office is.

What was that? This is not a charade! (1)

aapold (753705) | more than 4 years ago | (#32432526)

You need total concentration
Type it again. This time with Feeling!

I'm reminded of MTV (1)

ThreeGigs (239452) | more than 4 years ago | (#32432582)

Summary reminds me of the 'breathing', stubbled MTV logo that was kinda creepy back in the day. Or heck, almost any MTV logo adaptation from that particular time period.

Hey, Slashdot patent experts (1)

Infonaut (96956) | more than 4 years ago | (#32432622)

WordWorld is not prior art. There is a difference between showing words composed of letterforms that have characteristics associated with the word, and creating words with a computer system that allows for manipulation of typography on the basis of the words. Yes, the patent system is broken. Yes, the concept of fonts with feelings is absurd. But believe it or not, any time you see something that looks remotely related to a patent you dislike doesn't mean you can scream "prior art!" and make it mean anything.

Re:Hey, Slashdot patent experts (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#32433956)

Lighten up, Francis. Most of us just want to have a laugh at the fact that Microsoft is trying to patent something that sounds has the net effect of looking like a PBS program. Believe it or not, any time you see someone mentioning "prior art" doesn't mean they are literally appealing to the USPTO to deny/revoke the patent, so please don't treat us like we are (and I might point out that you're most likely not from the USPTO, so your posturing on what is prior art is just as irrelevant as ours).

Fonts want to be free (1)

intheshelter (906917) | more than 4 years ago | (#32432702)

This is another attempt by Microsoft (and soon to be followed by Apple) to control your fonts. And we all know that only a free and open font base, that can be used and scaled and anti-aliased by anyone, will give us the font freedom we desire. I don't want to have to jailbreak my fonts and run the risk of a font being bricked because I had to hack the font to be able to use it in the document I want. And how do I know what fonts will be allowed into Apple's walled garden. Will I have to develop fonts using the Apple SDK or can I use third party font compilers?

At least we know that I can put any font I want on Android and then use those fonts to multi task and SSH into a mainframe sitting next to me.

Re:Fonts want to be free (1)

rinoid (451982) | more than 4 years ago | (#32433266)

Your post is another attempt at coherence?

I'll wager that both MSFT and AAPL mobile platforms will not allow extra system fonts to be installed. One can however present content in a web page with a custom font to mobile safari.
But because of this I don't fly off the rail and consider them both wicked and run crying.

I wonder if app developers for iPhone OS can include custom fonts ... hmmm, wait for it ... yes, iSSH http://itunes.apple.com/us/app/issh-ssh-vnc-console/id287765826?mt=8 [apple.com] has included your choice of 6 fonts with the app with only Courier native IIRC.

Are we patenting art? (1)

Tei (520358) | more than 4 years ago | (#32432734)

This is, again, stupid.

These tricks, are just artistic tricks. Are we patenting rimes? sarcasm? pfff... idiotic.

Good thing Europe don't accept software patents. I hope you USA guys grown a pair, and remove these laws from your country.

Re:Are we patenting art? (1)

John Hasler (414242) | more than 4 years ago | (#32434154)

> Good thing Europe don't accept software patents.

It isn't that simple. Google "German Supreme Court software patent", for example. Or read up on the FAT patent in Europe.

What, like Sesame Street? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#32432828)

It sounds like the patent is a way to modify the outline of the font, just as algorithmic-based pseudo-bold or pseudo-italic do (as opposed to the hand-tweaked versions of the fonts), but it is a fancier/more generic system to emphasize or otherwise fiddle with the appearance of the letters as someone is learning a language.

Brought to you by the letters "F", "U", "M" and "S"

who cares about the fonts (1)

alta (1263) | more than 4 years ago | (#32432892)

What's really cool is that he developed a 68040 ISA board (read: apple mac quadra/centris) that would go into a windows 95 machine and boot some OS nobody's ever heard of. Wonder how close he was to running OS 7.5(ish) or even NeXT.

The funny thing is, I had a powermac around that time that had a pci card in it with a pentium-100 on it that would run win'95.

 

Fonts have feelings now? (1)

Timosch (1212482) | more than 4 years ago | (#32432912)

Alright Comic Sans, do you see this knife?

PBS is Prior Art (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#32432966)

Pretty sure this has been done in Sesame Street, Electric Company, Word World, and a pile of other kids learning shows.

About the fonts.. (1)

questionsaddict (1277150) | more than 4 years ago | (#32432994)

wouldn't this allow people to change the meaning of sentences?

well.. maybe a word's meaning is always subject to the ways we see them used, but this makes words a lot more flexible in meaning..

it also gives marketers a very sweet way to impress their bosses (and the audience) with this fonts..

intellectual discussions about the true content of the fonts will start all around the globe. Poets will commit mass suicide.

No, really. is this a good or a bad thing?

How about those old Creative Sound Fonts? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#32433012)

Seems they forget those things - that was prior art as well. If I was working there, I might be up to suing the living shiznit outta Microsoft about now. THe old SoundBlaster had Sound Fonts a LONG time ago and they have a clear example of prior art to kick the snot out of this patent with anytime , anywhwere. Might be enough to revive the old company too.

this will either be (0, Redundant)

nimbius (983462) | more than 4 years ago | (#32433034)

very very good for 4chan, or very very bad...i cant tell.

animated fonts in the Amiga era? (1)

electrogeist (1345919) | more than 4 years ago | (#32433040)

What about Video Toaster in the Amiga era? Weren't there animated font plugins available?

Perhaps examples from the IBM commercials or kid shows (like Sesame Street) aren't prior art, due to the animations being created for single use use in their finished videos.

Re:animated fonts in the Amiga era? (2, Interesting)

keeboo (724305) | more than 4 years ago | (#32433220)

What about this [amigaforever.com] ?
Amiga had a tradition of animation and color fonts since the 1980s.

WMVs? Seriously?? (1)

chord.wav (599850) | more than 4 years ago | (#32433066)

What's that file format for? Does anyone know?....Anyone?

Illiterate (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#32433108)

Used to be Microsoft made products for the computer illiterate. Now it seems they've stooped to making products for the just plain illiterate.

This is Ballmer's Baby (1)

dwiget001 (1073738) | more than 4 years ago | (#32433124)

The inspiration for this patent were Steve's very own "Toxic Pit Stains" (TM). He wanted to see them in action in a document, web site, etc. outside of the YouTube an other videos where he proudly displays them.

Re:This is Ballmer's Baby (2, Informative)

silverglade00 (1751552) | more than 4 years ago | (#32433452)

"Toxic Pit Stains"

So THAT'S what a TPS report is!

Kawaii? (3, Interesting)

VickiM (920888) | more than 4 years ago | (#32433292)

For some reason, this makes me think of the kawaii movement that happened in Japan. School girls started adding drawings to their letters, making them very cute and difficult to read. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kawaii [wikipedia.org]

This maybe copyright (1)

Stan92057 (737634) | more than 4 years ago | (#32433294)

This maybe copyright,but its nothing more then an comic animation that has been done by Sesame Street for years. Someone at the patent office needs to be fired on this one.

X-rated versions of "fonts with feelings" (1)

noidentity (188756) | more than 4 years ago | (#32433376)

Seeing if anybody had parodied this, I came across something from a few months ago that's related (NSFW!): Fonts got feelings too [bumchak.de] .

Daft (1)

Rational (1990) | more than 4 years ago | (#32433644)

Christ, this is stupid, even by Microsoft standards.

It's time to BUILD A WORD! (1)

Jason Levine (196982) | more than 4 years ago | (#32433834)

Any parents out there whose kids watch the TV show WordWorld? This "word lion looks like a lion" sounds exactly like the premise of the show. The basic idea is that the world has all of these letters and when they are combined they form the object that they spell. So the Dog character is made up of the letters d, o and g. The Pig character is made up of p, i and g. And so on. Towards the end of every episode, they decide to resolve the main problem of the episode by building a word. So if they need a cake, they'll take the letters c, a, k and e and push them together. The letters then morph into a cake for the characters to eat.

Is Microsoft going to patent clues given by a blue puppy next? Or maybe the act of exploring with a backpack, map and boot-wearing monkey?

I will support them fully, however, if they decide to patent a big, purple dinosaur who sings about how much he loves everyone so long as that patent is only used to squash any competitors as messily as possible.

Extremely prior art (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#32434010)

from the patent application:
"and a pictogram of the displayed word" sounds like Egyptian hieroglyphics to me

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