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.

#36 In reponse to J. Maynard Gelinas

by Zoloft <>

Saturday March 6th, 1999 9:48 PM

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I agree with everything posted by J. Maynard Gelinas, except one thing. They *should* be forced to release Windows *and* IE source (the very items under DOJ investigation) to public domain, or some kind of open-source license, with *no* restrictions.

My responses to a couple points here-

"Windows would be 'nationalized'" I'm not really sure what you mean by that, but if you mean the same as it it would become a 'permanent fixture', I disagree. Those who are inclined to do something with it can be my guest. It might be debatable whether it's even reparable at all. Those of us who continue on, writing code for _real_ operating systems and software, aren't going to care much. In fact, I think it's more likely that Windows would be just plain torn apart. Perhaps certain chunks of it, APIs and such, that are useful would be ported to other OS's, just so we can use the thousands of packages, games and everything else we're still waiting for. Windows, the *product*, would have no other advantage except its own merits. That alone will kill it for certain.

"Forcing MS to document their API publically is _not_ the same as taking their intellectual property (source) and giving it away under an Open Source license ... that is government theft of private property." I would argue that their APIs could be considered their intellectual property just the same. They have used it and abused it to their advantage many times, just as they abused the privilege of owning Windows source code by tying in IE. A monetary fine is also a form of taking property. But I think in all these cases, they are appropriate punishment for _breaking the law_ and skewing the economics of the computer industry like a black hole. Thank you Zoloft