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 gwalla <>

Sunday November 4th, 2001 6:45 PM

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Ah, I see. Yeah, I don't know why voting machines are used either. The only explanation I've heard is that it would be expensive to change.

Remember that voting machines aren't used in all districts. Elections are handled by the states, not the federal government, and states generally leave the implementation to individual counties/districts. So some places use punch-cards, some use ScanTrons, some use lever-pulling machines, etc.