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.

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

by SmileyBen

Thursday November 1st, 2001 6:20 PM

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You forgot the real biggie - and that's that the Supreme Court *has* to justify why there's a federal interest - they aren't just entitled to rule on any court case ever, otherwise there would be no point in having separate states etc.

And I'm certainly not convinced 'We're electing a President, so that's federal' does it... Surely it was a matter for the Floria Supreme court to decide how Florida voted (after all, the point of the electoral college system is to make *states* count as well as pure numbers) or to waste so much time that it didn't even matter...