[PROXYPER] [Fwd: Distributed Computing Patent awarded to Micr osoft] boundary="------------209CBB94C29FF9790772089D"

Orso, Robert ro at geocad.at
Mon Jan 11 17:05:42 EST 1999


No, but distributed.net cannot be extended to the processors in TV settop
boxes AND run MPEG compression on this setup. It does not limit
distributed.net offering a MPEG compression run or to write a DES/RC5 Client
for TV settop boxes.

-----Original Message-----
From: wizard01 at bellatlantic.net [mailto:wizard01 at bellatlantic.net]
Sent: Monday, January 11, 1999 9:57 AM
To: proxyper at lists.distributed.net
Subject: Re: [PROXYPER] [Fwd: Distributed Computing Patent awarded to
Microsoft] boundary="------------209CBB94C29FF9790772089D"


Do does that mean what it sounds like it may mean? Microsoft 
may try to legally take over what's going on here?

> 
> Microsoft applied in 1995 and has now been awarded in
> Dec 1998 the distributed computing MPEG patent to make
> use of spare cycles in settop boxes as additional
> computing capacity.
> 
> Microsoft's new MPEG patent:
> 
> http://patents.uspto.gov/cgi-bin/ifetch4?ENG+PATBIB-97-
> 98+0+916975+0+1+151582+OF+19+21+1+ISD/11/29/1998->12/29/1998+AND+AN/


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