You'd have to have a real Heart of Stone to do something like that.
Well, actually, the final slap in the face probably belongs to the guy who actually wrote the cursed melody. That honor goes to David Whitaker, the arranger for the Andrew Oldham Orchestra in 1965. Actually, he didn't even get the honor, as Whitaker was never credited with anything on any of the recordings. So the lesson here isn't "Do right by artists. It's "Don't fuck with the Rolling Stones."
The Computer Mouse's Patent Ran Out Before Computers Were A Widespread Thing
Perhaps the greatest stroke of computer hardware genius must be the humble mouse. With nothing but a ball and two buttons, suddenly we could point and click on programs, drag and drop multiple files, and pause porn while we go retrieve the paper towel we forgot to set next to the keyboard. And you can thank Douglas Engelbart for that. Well, he's dead, but still thank him, because that's more than he ever received in his lifetime for his game-changing invention.
It would be another 15 years before the desk was invented.
During the '60s and '70s, Engelbart began the process of designing the first computer mouse, which in its early incarnation was a wooden shell with two metal wheels inside. He wasn't sure why he called it a mouse, but the name sort of stuck around without him really noticing -- which is a pretty mouse-like quality. And when Engelbart filed for a patent in 1970, there was no going back.
via Mercury News
Until mice started including back buttons on the side, of course.
But while Engelbart had great vision when it came to home computing, he wasn't that great with patent law. What he hadn't accounted for was that his patent only had a lifespan of 17 years. So once 1987 hit, his mouse design entered the public domain -- only a couple of years before home computers flooded every single household on Earth. And while he did receive grants, fellowships, and even the National Medal of Technology "for creating the foundations of personal computing," it must have stung knowing he missed a piece of over a billion mouses sold every time he pointed and clicked on his bank account.
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