New Poll Request

Saturday February 27th, 1999

A new PCWeek article states that many antitrust specialists are now believing that the government will not only win its case against Microsoft, but withstand an appeal as well. What will the remedy be?

Our next poll will be "If you needed to propose a remedy at the end of the Microsoft trial, it would be to ______." This time, however, we're doing the poll a little differently.

We'd like you to submit to us possible answers to the remedy question. We'll take our favorite responses, and use ten of them in the poll. If they require extra explanation, we'll do a little news piece to accompany the poll that explains the choices in detail.

So, for now, what we need from you is this: Send email to with your possible remedy for Microsoft's antitrust violations. It should contain a title, _as short as possible_, that describes the remedy (so it fits in the poll space). It should be followed by a short description of the remedy for clarity.

Your remedy can be as useful or as silly as you like. No rules. If you propose castrating Bill Gates in a public display, it might be illegal, but it may be intriguing enough to make it into the poll.

#26 Re:New Poll Request

by Econ major

Wednesday March 3rd, 1999 10:52 AM

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To Tekhir: This is just an aside. It's a great thing that our government finally has a surplus again. The only problem with it is that our social security system is in great jeopardy, and if you spend it elsewhere, where is the money going to come from to pay for SS?

If they were to dissolve MS, they would basically create a huge void in the consumer computing market, so that's an impossibility. It's more than just the tax money you're dealing with. There are always further repercussions that you need to consider.

And to Denubis: Debt is usually a bad thing, but in certain situations, people can get away with not paying it off. The government does not have to pay it off completely, nor would it want to. The health of our economy does not depend exclusively on our national debt, as we've seen for the past 9 years of economic expansion. Bottom line is that so long as the country's growing at a healthy pace, debt is not so bad and can actually be paid off (theoretically, of course).

Anyway, my little take on this poll: 1. Make MS unbundle IE from its OS's and fine them. 2. Open all APIs to third party programmers, as this will even out the competitive floor.

There are always legal ways to get around laws and restrictions in the long run, so as far as I can tell, there isn't too much else that you can really do to MS.