Microsoft patent filing is stupid rather than evil

Posted by monmouthing on Jan 17, 2008 9:40 AM EDT
DaniWeb; By Davey Winder
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There has been a lot of Big Brother name-calling following the Microsoft patent filing story from The Times newspaper in the UK yesterday. Reading the patent concerned suggests the company is just being daft rather than threatening though.

In a nutshell, this patent filing would appear to be suggesting that groups of computer users engaged in a similar type of activity can be monitored in order to provide community network based help with tasks. By recording metabolic data it is possible to determine levels of stress and frustration during the performance of a given task, say creating a new spreadsheet, which would trigger the help system into action. Other users who have successfully performed that same task recently could then be asked to help the struggling member of this worker community.

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