Sources: USPTO , , Network World
quote: Says who? The laws is pretty brief and concise, and there's a handful of high profile cases that should elucidate in greater detail what is unclear in the law... the rest is purely common sense. Anyone can understand patent law, it's not really that hard. What's lacking by the clerk who approved this and by you is common sense. Who says some low-level patent clerk is some great legal scholar or someone with a high-level of technological understanding? They're just a person like you or I. You're delusional to think otherwise.
quote: "But Veronica didn't search your own computer!" you say? By definition if the unix server you used ran a gopher site which was indexed by Veronica, whenever you used it you were searching your own computer along with those on the Internet. Seems to me Apple took an already-existing idea from the open source community, built their own version, and filed a patent on it.