This is crucial to Roadkills-R-Us, as we use this symbol in our rate tables, to indicate roadkill types in our ASCII-based games, and a veritable plethora of other applications. Had we not done this, we would not be able to keep up with Microsoft, Apple, IBM, AT&T and Unisys in the intellectual property rights arena, or in the reaming the average person arena.
We have, however, decided to allow continued usage for free of the various computer codes which indicate the pound sign, such as hex 23, octal 41, binary 00100011, and so forth. (A complete listing is available for a modest charge.)
Current users will not be impacted, and future users will only be minimally affected. We believe the modest tax of $.01/day/use based the peak usage over the peak one year period of usage of a given user's life to date, or at any time in the future, is reasonable and nonintrusive. For most users, this works out to slightly less than the cost of their electricity and phone bills.
Just to be safe, we have instructed our legal counsel to similarly protect the words ``pound'', ``number'', and ``sign'', as well as all permutations and combinations thereof, along with all derivative works (such as the set of real numbers). Watch for further details on our web server at http://www.rru.com/ .
Michelle Debinhex Press Attache Case Roadkills-R-Us``/2'' is a trademark of IBM.