KenB - 1:52 am on Aug 26, 2006 (gmt 0)
How that would warrant a patent, I don't know. It would be a tiny change to the existing results code. Seems the US Patent Office will give out patents to anyone with a bit of cash.
I think our patent system is so underfunded that it would give out a patent to anyone who put together a technical sounding paper. Just look at some of the patents that have been invalidated in the past few years.