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Apple Files Patent for Translucent Windows 845

jpkunst writes "John Kheit at Mac Observer reports on US Patent Application No. 20040090467, published on May 13, 2004, in which Apple filed a patent application for 'Graduated visual and manipulative translucency for windows.'" Begin the hunt for prior art! It's a challenge to find a non-Apple translucent window that isn't just a snippet of desktop wallpaper pasted in the background.
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Apple Files Patent for Translucent Windows

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  • by aardvarko ( 185108 ) <webmaster@NoSPam.aardvarko.com> on Saturday May 15, 2004 @10:29AM (#9160856) Homepage
    Yeah, I've got some windows with graduated transparency that can be manipulated. They're in my FREAKIN' CAR.
  • by Anonymous Coward on Saturday May 15, 2004 @10:33AM (#9160903)
    I have one on my desktop right now, i even took a screenshot and was going to post it untill i realized you cant see it, ITS TRANSPARENT!!!
  • by Anonymous Coward on Saturday May 15, 2004 @10:45AM (#9161009)
    "Translucency has been around for a while, but Apple is filing for time dependent translucency."

    Translucent windows?

    (looks outdoors)

    How are they new again?

  • by Anonymous Coward on Saturday May 15, 2004 @10:56AM (#9161087)
    "Or are we all going to change our stance because its Apple?"

    I don't really like Apple... so... 'No'.
  • by Anonymous Coward on Saturday May 15, 2004 @11:02AM (#9161132)
    "I can understand why though, without their GUI to set them apart what do they really have to offer?"

    Well, they've got this thing where the power button is on the keyboard.

    And you get to Think Different

    Oh, and the iPod. Don't forget the iPod. Which is eardelicious!

    Apple is wonderful. Sigh.

  • by Jeff DeMaagd ( 2015 ) on Saturday May 15, 2004 @11:39AM (#9161355) Homepage Journal
    Heh, this is Slashdot.

    I'm not sure Slashdot editors ever RTFA, if they do, those that do never apply critical thinking about the subject at hand. Slashdot editors don't really even edit much either, it seems. The best most of them do is pick of which stories to post a dupe.
  • sigh... (Score:4, Funny)

    by geoffspear ( 692508 ) * on Saturday May 15, 2004 @12:23PM (#9161622) Homepage
    If slashdot was around when Edison was alive, someone here would claim that his lightbulb patents were invalid because the sun was prior art.
  • by cosmo7 ( 325616 ) on Saturday May 15, 2004 @02:03PM (#9162223) Homepage
    Patent 4058738294:
    Prevention of sleep apnea by means of a large sign affixed above the patient's bed bearing the message "REMEMBER TO BREATHE"
  • by theshowmecanuck ( 703852 ) on Saturday May 15, 2004 @03:06PM (#9162509) Journal
    We can test this hypothesis. Look at the world around you. Where does most useful software come from? Companies. Yes, a good deal of software, some of it quite useful, comes from hobbyists, for lack of a better term. But most of it comes from commercial development. So no, the development of software isn't inherently restricted to those with money, but it is practically restricted to those with money.

    I picture a college dropout Bill Gates in a hotel room working on the foundations of a business empire... before there was a Microsoft. Before there was a company. Hmmmmmmm... if you have a company you have more money to spend, but if you don't have anyone putting legal roadblocks in front of you, you have time to spend. In the overall picture of business, investing a few thousand dollars in a computer, and spending your evenings and weekends working on project is nothing. Of course if you are blocked from even starting by stupid patents paid for by companies with money... So maybe it is better said that the reason companies with money produce much of the software now-a-days is that they are starting to use a big patent stick to beat down the little guys.

    I would like to patent the concept of lining up at a cash register in order to pay for goods in a store. Or maybe the concept of my customers using a shopping cart to carry their goods in, instead of buying items one at a time. What a load of crap.

  • by Anonymous Coward on Saturday May 15, 2004 @03:48PM (#9162725)
    ....ago sued anyone trying to implement WIMP.

    Then most of the slashdot crowd would have been served papers.

  • Hey. (Score:5, Funny)

    by blair1q ( 305137 ) on Saturday May 15, 2004 @04:07PM (#9162809) Journal

    Do you suppose Microsoft patented Transparent Government and that's why we can't have one?

He: Let's end it all, bequeathin' our brains to science. She: What?!? Science got enough trouble with their OWN brains. -- Walt Kelly