AJAX and other rich media technologies patented?

This has to be a joke, some kind of twisted humor. Apparently the U.S. Government granted a patent to a web design company in California, one which:

…covers all rich-media technology implementations, including Flash, Flex, Java, Ajax, and XAML, when the rich-media application is accessed on any device over the Internet, including desktops, mobile devices, set-top boxes, and video game consoles…

Read the truly horrifying story at U.S. Grants Patent For Broad Range Of Internet Rich Applications (found through Zeldman).

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