To all commentards:
El Reg journalists have on numerous occasions published articles giving the impression that large companies (with Apple as the most obvious example) try to patent old things. Said journalists do so by quoting any part of the patent text they find amusing.
What they don't do is quote the appropriate parts of the patent text.
As I have written earlier about this article; the quote in the article is from the summary, not the claims.
The word "may" in the claims would never survive a legal test and Apple´s patent lawyers know this (unless it is much more carefully used).
Having said that, I don't agree with Big Business policies of patenting anything that can make them money, but please comment on the right issues (such as the good and bad sides of patents), not an illusion of evil companies created by taking quotes out of context.