[oclug] The Sinnister MS Connection Was : Rogers domain oddness.
linuxdoctor at yahoo.com
Fri Feb 2 17:52:19 EST 2001
--- Jon Earle <jearle at kronos.honk.org> wrote:
> On Fri, 2 Feb 2001, David F. Skoll wrote:
> > On Fri, 2 Feb 2001, Jon Earle wrote:
> > > I would question your claim that MS's practices were, while
> > > unethical from some people's viewpoint, illegal.
> > Microsoft was convicted of illegaly abusing its monopoly. Unless
> > until the conviction is overturned, it's quite accurate to say
> > Microsoft's business practices were illegal.
> But, were those "illegal" acts based on any "on the books" law?
> The DoJ
> (rightly or wrongly - I'm sure it'll be covered in the appeal)
> agreed with
> claims that MS "illegally" combined things like DOS and Windows,
> Windows and Internet Explorer, etc
It had nothing to do with the binding of Internet Explorer with
windows per se. The DOJ presented to a judge huge amounts of evidence
of illegal activities to a court of law. When I use the word illega
in the previous sentence I indeed mean laws that are on the books.
The judge in case agreed with the presecutors that there was indeed
laws broken and convicted Microsoft.
Therefore Microsoft, as a company that stands convicted of criminal
activity, is now in fact a criminal organization.
To say that something is 'nonessential' is to say that
it is 'unnecessary.'
GUIs, while nice, are nonessential.
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