Here’s a USA Today story about the guy who patented “windowing,” the patently obvious Y2K fix that guesses the first two digits of a four digit year based on the value of the last two digits. I’m not sure what offends me most, the fact that someone says you can’t “blame him for being a capitalist,” the fact that this guys is arrogant enough to believe that he actually invented this technique, or the fact that companies are going to knuckle under and pay him. We really, really need some programmers in the Patent and Trademark Office.