Microsoft Breakup Imminent? GNU/Linux Wins
With Ballmer threatening to sue for intellectual property violations, what would become of Linux? Who would become destined for the Computer History Museum at Mountain View? If anybody cared, then it would be Microsoft taking its place in the museum way back where no one could see it.
Can you think of any villain in today's genre comparable to Microsoft?
So in a interview with Forbes Ballmer does his "Paper Machines and Phantom Computers" routine.
This is the same kind of thing for which IBM wound up in an anti-trust action in 1968 and something for which Judge Sporkin blasted Microsoft in his 1995 edict:
Microsoft admits that the preannouncement is solely for the purpose of having an adverse impact on a competitor's product. Microsoft's lawyers said it was perfectly legal. Now that Vista has a projected date of February 2007, do you wonder if they have announced their product for the past 2.5 years to freeze people from going to the competition?
Note: Unfortunately, the entire text of Civil Action No.: 3-68-312 ControlData Corporation, Plantiff, vs International Business Machines, Defendant does not exist on the Internet at least anywhere reasonably available. However, we have reproduced for our readers' consideration, the text of section 23 items (a)-(e) with the original commentary from the complaint.
Pay particular attention to item (c) and consider if that looks familiar to you in today's situation.
What course does Microsoft have when it can't deliver its next operating system on time and on budget? They try to scare people from going with GNU/Linux. But perhaps they have been announcing vaporware all along.
A New Face of War: Economics
Analysts have argued that the US and Russia won the battlefields of Europe and Japan in the last world war. I remember footage of Omaha beach among others: The surf ran red with blood of allied troops. The color of the ocean on the beach ran blood red.
But, by the US assisting in the economic recovery of Japan and Germany, we lost the new era of warfare: Economics. The US turned over its manufacturing to those countries. Those countries'enterprises inherited the distribution channels and substituted their products as the producer. The main advantage of the US had to do with distribution. We had more navigable rivers and sea ports than any country in the world and still do.
Our stupid President wanted to let a middle-east country own US ports. People have said that he's ignorant and ridiculous. Now, it's no longer an opinion. He's beyond the worse things his critics can say about him. Here's another thing, I'm a precinct worker and have taken on the job of alternate election judge. I'm a member of the Republic party. So, for me to say this takes some serious risks. I consider our country deserted by my party's leader.
Microsoft should overtly sue Linux for intellectual property violations and do it now or shut up. No one would care much either way. But, Linux has vocal advocates and the Internet. Congress beware. We'll either get what we want or take you down. Did you hear that senator Kennedy? Imagine hundreds of thousands of pissed off Linux advocates digging up your voting records, ties to special interests and trips paid by lobbyists. Keep the DMCA in place and keep the Free Software community in check and see what happens.
Microsoft Survived But Not on Technology Superiority
Think about this scenario. Microsoft gets broken up. Who on earth would covert their operating system? What is it without a monopoly keeping it in place in the market?
All those brilliant commentators invading Free Software community sites will have no rebuttal. Their sound bytes remind me of boxers who have had their brains damaged. They don't know the first thing about Windows desktop extensions and how difficult they are to program and secure the system. Dumb, dumb, dumb.
How dare those crackers consider themselves technologists. They don't have a clue about how to make an operating system work. All they can say about Windows is "it's still number one and I like it". Well, enjoy your evolved DOS system.
Superior Technology - Linux
Anyone worth their salt as either a userland programmer or a kernel hacker will tell you: GNU/Linux ranks far ahead of Windows technologically. This doesn't even begin to become a sustainable argument for Microsoft's own programmers.
GNU/Linux has inherit benefits and draws the best of the best. As Eric Raymond once wrote:
Hackers are naturally anti-authoritarian. Anyone who can give you orders can stop you from solving whatever problem you're being fascinated by - and given the way authoritarian minds work, will generally find some appallingly stupid reason to do so. ..
Is the Break-up of Microsoft Inevitable?
Ask yourself how long a monopoly can continue to disrupt the market, export jobs and fail to deliver? The exporting of jobs bothers me the most. Conservatives and Liberals have to take this on as a bi-partisan effort.
I really do not mind Intel and IBM helping less developed countries establish technology to benefit the people in those places. I do mind Microsoft and others sending jobs overseas and then bringing the products back to sell to our own people. I consider that treason, especially with chronic unemployment among the technology industry.
Yesterday, I went to a CompUSA to ask about a Linux computer. Linspire says that CompUSA will sell thier products. Ooops! "We don't do Linux at CompUSA". Yet, I watched a salesman telling a customer how great Windows XP Pro would work on the $3000 laptop computer the customer wanted. Having studied the market, I know the system. It came from Taiwan. IT cost the people who put their label on the system approximately $300.
Hello Consumer affairs division of the Attorney General's office. You will get a visit from me on Tuesday. Everyone get ready. The longest journey begins with but a single step: quote from Asian enlightened master.
Hey you screwballs who apologize for my activism. Soon.
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|I don't want to see Microsoft broken up||Skapare||20||1,666||Mar 27, 2006 12:56 PM|
|Bring it on Monkey Boy, Bring it on||number6x||1||1,283||Mar 27, 2006 10:39 AM|
|One Senario||jimf||10||1,445||Mar 27, 2006 7:59 AM|
|may be not||rittmey||1||1,190||Mar 27, 2006 4:39 AM|
|Here's an article on the problems of monopoly production.||Bob_Robertson||1||1,748||Mar 26, 2006 5:42 PM|
|smiley icons||jsusanka||1||2,061||Mar 26, 2006 5:04 PM|
|FUD and Treason||grouch||1||1,370||Mar 26, 2006 3:03 PM|
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