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Re: Neelie Kroes' Expenses - scoop!

  • Subject: Re: Neelie Kroes' Expenses - scoop!
  • From: Roy Schestowitz <newsgroups@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxx>
  • Date: Tue, 19 Sep 2006 12:48:30 +0100
  • Newsgroups: comp.os.linux.advocacy
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__/ [ High Plains Thumper ] on Tuesday 19 September 2006 12:03 \__

> B Gruff <bbgruff@xxxxxxxxxxx> wrote in
> news:4n9tvoF9csgcU1@xxxxxxxxxxxxxx:
>> Unconfirmed sources tell us that Ms Kroes is having her
>> expenses investigated, and that it is possible that she
>> might have charged for a taxi to the airport when her pool
>> car was unavailable! (Remember where you saw this first!)
>> http://www.ft.com/cms/s/e14962ce-4734-11db-83df-0000779e2340
>> .html
> User-friendly version: http://tinyurl.com/rjzsr
> Ms Kroes answered admirably to FUD-like arguments:
>> But Ms Kroes says in her letter: ?I have seen it suggested
>> that the Commission may seek to prevent Microsoft from
>> improving the security of its operating system. This is
>> categorically not the case. We do nevertheless seek to
>> ensure that rival security software vendors . . . are able
>> to compete on a level playing field.?
>> She adds: ?Similarly, I have noted attempts to link the
>> ongoing Vista discussions to the purported creation of jobs
>> in Europe that a Microsoft-sponsored study claims will
>> result from Vista, It would be wrong to imagine such a
>> link. If jobs are to be created as a result of Vista?s
>> release, any such job creation would only be enhanced with
>> the release of a version of Vista which allowed others to
>> compete on the merits of their products.?
>> Ms Kroes also disputes complaints that the Commission
>> failed to issue sufficient guidance showing how Microsoft
>> could avoid new antitrust trouble on Vista.
> I think the 2004 ruling was very clear.

I'm surprised that she mention no links between Vista and online services
from Microsoft. Other people have already voiced complained about this. I
expected the sentence "Similarly, I have noted attempts to link the ongoing
Vista discussions to the..." to end differently. Microsoft may also be
believed to employ some puppet in Europe who will blame the European
Commission for delays. Not only will this earn Microsoft time (an excuse),
but it will also assassinate the character of Neelie and her commission.
They are, after all, there in support of people like you and me, so backing
and sentiments are an essential part.

Best wishes,


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