Microsoft and Federal Government Reach Tentative Settlement

Wednesday October 31st, 2001

MSNBC is reporting that Microsoft has reached a tentative settlement with the Federal Government. The deal calls for a 5 year consent decree that forces Microsoft to release Windows without a variety of currently bundled programs like Internet Explorer, MSN Messenger, and Windows Media Player.

As you may know, the US Government has had consent decrees before, and Microsoft has completely ignored them, we feel. As in the past, we expect the version of Windows without the bundled packages to be almost identical in price to the current version of Windows. The last major question remaining is whether the State Attorneys General agree with the deal. We hope they do not, and push for much harsher punishment.

#14 Re: thanks, america, for voting republican

by rickst29 <>

Thursday November 1st, 2001 1:10 PM

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The Americans who had the opportunity to vote (i.e., without their polling places being moved without notice, without vanishing from the registered voters list without explanation, etc.) voted a plurality for the Dems. Of course, a "vote" in some States counts for a lot more than votes in other states (only the votes in Florida really mattered). Dubya "won" via a very strange supreme court decision making process:

Step 1: Since the evidence is so "overwhelming", we'll issue a preliminary injunction in favor of Dubya. (But the vote was only 5 to 4, which doesn't sound overwhelming enough to justify a preliminary decision without even hearing any evidence);

Step 2: When the Dems come to court, we can declare that there's not enough time left for a decision in favor of the plaintiffs to be implemented... 'deciding' in favor of Dubya with no need to listen to any evidence or explain their "decision".

Republicans and Democrates are both historically very friendly to large compaign contributors, and little Stevie Ballmer appears to have gotten his money's worth this time. The same sleazy $$$ (contributed to the Governor, the AG's boss) has already caused one AG to drop out of the suit even though the govt. WON in both District Court and the Court of Appeals.

Thanks for letting me vent a bit. I think that every excess nickel which Micrsoft over-charged Windoz and Office customers after achieving total market domination via illegal acts should be returned as compensation. In addition, M$ should be held financially accountable for the business lost by AOL/Netscape after they used their ill-gotten gains to destroy the competition. In addition, punishment for these acts and the violation of the previous consent decrees should be additional and large. It is an outrage that Dubya directs his AG to reward guilty billionaires for their criminal and despicable violations of law!

America appears to be "the land of the free", but only for its money-laden Aristocracy. If you're in the club, laws don't seem to apply to you.