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Monday, September 27, 2021

Microsoft Patents "Ones and Zeroes"

 Bill Gates

REDMOND, WA—In what Board as Founder and Technology Advisor, Bill Gates called "an unfortunate but necessary step to protect our intellectual property from theft and exploitation by competitors," the Microsoft Corporation patented the numbers one and zero Monday.

With the patent, Microsoft's rivals are prohibited from manufacturing or selling products containing zeroes and ones—the mathematical building blocks of all computer languages and programs—unless a royalty fee of 10 cents per digit used is paid to the software giant. 

"Microsoft has been using the binary system of ones and zeroes ever since its inception in 1975," Gates told reporters. "For years, in the interest of the overall health of the computer industry, we permitted the free and unfettered use of our proprietary numeric systems. However, changing marketplace conditions and the increasingly predatory practices of certain competitors now leave us with no choice but to seek compensation for the use of our numerals." 

A number of major Silicon Valley players, including Apple Computer, Google and Facebook, said they will challenge the Microsoft patent as monopolistic and anti-competitive, claiming that the 10-cent-per-digit licensing fee would bankrupt them instantly.

(An example the binary equivalent of the word "ripoff" is 01010010 01101001 01110000 01101111 01100110 01100110, so that works out to  48 1's and 0's totaling $4.80)

--s-a-t-i-r-e, people! (from The Onion, updated)

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