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Re: Microsoft Patents the Body Electric

From: Hamilcar Barca
Subject: Re: Microsoft Patents the Body Electric
Date: Tue, 22 Jun 2004 19:05:02 -0600
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In article <> (Tue, 22 Jun
2004 15:04:22 -0700), theodp wrote:

> On Tuesday, the USPTO awarded Microsoft a patent for its 'Method
> and apparatus for transmitting power and data using the human body'
> [2], which covers the use of the human body as a conductive medium
> (bus) over which power, data and control signals may be distributed.

Sir Bilious and his minion, the Earl of Blammer, will be fabulously well
to do.  Just think

  Earth's population:          5,200,000,000
  Licensing fee (per body):             $299

Of course, there will be body piracy and Microslave may need to lower the
EULA fees for developing countries, but still!

Let's hope the Free Human Foundation and the Open Body Initiative design
some new humans quickly!

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