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.

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by tny

Friday November 2nd, 2001 7:32 AM

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Two different issues, here: voters in northern Florida in predominantly African-American precincts found literal roadblocks, changes in poll times, police telling them the polls were closed when they weren't, etc. in their way when they tried to vote; voters in southern Florida were too stupid to read their ill-designed ballots. There were also reports of a number of irregularities with regard to voter registration cards (e.g., Republican party operatives fixing registration cards for those Republicans who were too lazy or stupid to fill theirs out correctly, while Democratic operatives were not allowed the same opportunities to fix registration cards for stupid or lazy Democrats). The irregularities in the Florida election were sufficient that had the election taken place in a SA, African, or Asian country, the US likely would have called it suspicious.

All these things were reported; well, not in the Washington Times, of course . . .

That said, the middle of a war ISN'T the time to rehash dirty laundry. We're stuck with them until 2004; we should do what we can to work with them.