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Microsoft Patent, or is it ?

Microsoft are trying to patent a novel way of coding geo locations. They aim to make it easier for end users to type or spell coordinates. The proposal is to limit the coding to a list of 30 different characters that can be used: 0123456789bcdfghjkmnpqrstvwxyz

So basically all numbers and most consonants. This base-30 number system (anyone remembering the Mayan base-60 calendar?) is then applied to the coordinates via some cunning transformations:

Continue reading about the Microsoft Patent Application here...

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Posted on Monday, February 07 @ 22:33:44 UTC by Dave Burrows

 
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