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.

#18 Re: Re: Re: thanks, america, for voting republican

by strauss

Thursday November 1st, 2001 5:41 PM

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The US Civil Rights Commission investigation also demonstrated that predominantly African-American areas of Florida were significantly undercounted due to a suspicious pattern of discrimination in electoral support as well as other means of discouraging the vote, which violates the 14th amendment's equal protection clause as well as federal civil rights statutes.

The recounts significantly slimmed the Bush lead in Florida, leaving it around 140 if I recall correctly. The Civil Rights Commission finding showed that the number of black votes illegally discouraged, discarded or dissuaded was larger than that.

Nonetheless, nearly 50% of the voters (which would be something like 25% of the population eligible to vote) did vote Republican, and this incredible stupidity is directly responsible for the willingness of the new DoJ to settle with Microsoft on clearly Gates-friendly terms.