by Mike Masnick
Wed, Nov 11th 2009 4:50pm
Someone who prefers to remain anonymous points out that the USPTO, in its infinite wisdom, has granted Microsoft a patent (7,617,530) on a method for "elevating" a user's rights temporarily. Basically, it's for a non-admin user who wants to do something (e.g., install a program) that requires admin access, without having to logout and re-login as the admin. As the submitter notes, this sounds like "sudo" or any number of other tools that have been around for ages. Can we submit the following xkcd comic as prior art/evidence of obviousness?
If you liked this post, you may also be interested in...
- Russia Orders LinkedIn's Service To Be Blocked, Supposedly For Failing To Store Personal Data Locally
- Techdirt Podcast Episode 97: Can Tech Be Trusted Without Antitrust?
- Unpatent Launches Combination Crowdfunding/Crowdsourcing Platform To Invalidate Stupid Patents
- If You're Selling Gift Cards Over The Internet, There's A Patent Troll Coming For You
- Google Revamps Patent Search To Actually Do What Patent Office Should Do