I've been lurking here forever, and THIS post made me join.
Pardon me for feeding the trolls, but would you mind explaining why this patent "threw [you] a staggering sucker punch"? Seems to me that they're patenting the concept of using a Base-36 system (if I do my math correctly) to encode floating point numbers,
and the example quoted relates to Long/Lat coordinate systems.
Sorry, but I don't get why that's a big deal, or why your warm, fuzzy feelings are now, presumably, cold and hard.