Yep. There goes the neighborhood...
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Resistance is futile.
MOD PARENT UP
Also, according to the article, it only appears to be relevant to OEM installs, so in a sense, it's about tracking Ubuntu "uninstallations" (from machines that were shipped with Ubuntu pre-installed).
I'm thinking Jurassic Pork. Bring back some extinct hog species and grill 'em up!
It's a little too early to fault the USPTO, since Microsoft as only applied for the patent, it hasn't been granted yet.
That's why it's a recommendation.
Since '98 here -- me either.
Though I haven't always visited religiously the entire time. (I admit that I may fit into the "have forgotten" category)