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.

#42 Re: Re: Advocacy and evangelism made easier!

by gwalla <>

Friday November 2nd, 2001 1:42 PM

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It wasn't Xes on pieces of paper, it was punching holes in paper. The problem was that the ballots were arranged in a staggered fashion, centered on a vertical line of punch-holes, so an entry looked like this:

------------------------- 0 | Al Gore (democrat) | 0 ------------------------ ------------------------- 0 | Pat Buchanan (nutbar)

The hole to punch was right across from the name of the candidate, but it looked like the line underneath the candidate's name was pointing to the hole. So people who thought they were voting for Gore but followed the line accidentally voted for Buchanan. There were also issues with the ballots not lining up correctly with the hole-punching device.