____/ TheLetterK on Wednesday 19 September 2007 17:25 : \____
> Roy Schestowitz wrote:
>> ____/ dapunka on Wednesday 19 September 2007 13:11 : \____
>>> Ramon F Herrera wrote:
>>>> "WASHINGTON (AFP) - An EU court ruling upholding
>>>> antitrust sanctions against Microsoft drew a harsh
>>>> response from the US government and interest groups,
>>>> which said it may stifle the burgeoning technology
>>>> IFAIK, the democratic party (Linux users in their web site) is not
>>>> against the EU anti-Microsoft decision.
>>>> The GOP (Windows users in their web site) and the current US
>>>> administration are against the EU anti-Microsoft decision.
>>> A large number of Republicans, inc Bush's staff, are in Microsoft's
>>> pocket (as are a lot of Democratic politicos - when it comes to a
>>> fight between Mammon and ideals, Mammon nearly always triumphs).
>>> The European court's anti-Microsoft ruling will no doubt be challenged
>>> and battled by the US Govt. And I fear that the result will be a
>>> severe dilution of that ruling's effects. The USA has far too much
>>> influence over other jurisdictions.
>>> What I'd really like is for Microsoft to be banned from dealing in the
>>> European market. Unfortunately, that's almost definately never gonna
>>> happen. Drat their deep pockets and highly-influential shills! I
>>> hate those MSes to pieces!
>> Well, the Republican do damage to their image by turning a blind eye to
>> market abuse. Those short-term gains will end and can lead to recession when
>> countries like Holland drop Microsoft as a matter of principle, which they
> I don't care about governments turning a blind eye to market "abuse". I
> care when the government is actively involved in the abuse.
In what way? I don't doubt it, but I wish to know how.
I can think of some things to consider here:
* Back doors
* Media companies (DRM that is only compatible with American products)
* Forensics facilities
That's just software alone, but code is part of a bigger picture.
Does the government just turn a blind eye or is it actively involved (and it
so, at what level of capacity and how)?
~~ Best of wishes
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