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by zsiddique / March 19, 2007 2:19 PM PDT
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Don't you mean
by thecheese123 / March 19, 2007 5:22 PM PDT

Don't you mean that it wasn't the link list that they were talking about. They were talking about a list of hyperlinks whereas the patent is for a doubly linked list data structure.

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(NT) I think he was just trying to be more explicit
by gogomama / March 19, 2007 10:00 PM PDT
In reply to: Don't you mean
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I was thinking the same thing.
by isting / March 20, 2007 3:07 AM PDT

It's not HTML hyperlinks. It is more programming data structure related.

Either way, it's still a stupid patent. Linked lists have been around for a while.

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Linked Lists
by nonexpert / March 20, 2007 5:26 AM PDT

Its definitely a linked list form programing. I'm not quite sure how this patent passed really. Linked List both in name and concept is quite common. I am currently in college and linked lists were one of they types of data structures that we studied. We however studied them as a list of objects that each had at least one pointer to the next object. Variations on this concept were endless though ranging from a list of objects with two pointers per object to a linked list of more linked lists.

Interestingly, Sun's Java documentation has a copyright from 2003 on their webpage describing their LinkedList class... I'm sure references to linked lists can be found that are older than that.

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by gogomama / March 20, 2007 5:59 AM PDT
In reply to: Linked Lists

I hadn't listened to the episode when I commented on this before. Yes, I learned about linked lists in '95. I'm sure they've been around way longer than that.

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I know I used such in the 80's.
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / March 20, 2007 6:19 AM PDT
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More like the late 1950s...
by Evil Penguin / March 20, 2007 6:48 AM PDT

1991?? That's a joke... (Unless it's some very specific functionality you're after.)

Linked lists (the data structure) have been around much much longer than that.

See for a bit of perspective.

Late 1950s is more like it.

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Anything prior to the patent date will do here.
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / March 20, 2007 6:57 AM PDT

Nothing like prior art to infringe a patent.


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Well, the humiliation factor is higher with older prior art.
by Evil Penguin / March 20, 2007 7:03 AM PDT

Their bogus patent comes across as even more foolish if you point out some prior art from the relatively early years of computing. Happy

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Did Babbage use a linked list?
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / March 20, 2007 12:34 PM PDT

Maybe we can think about Archimedes, Arabic scholars (B.C. timeframe, etc.)

BTW, thanks for the first posts about this. Pretty sad Patent Office...


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