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Re: [News] Microsoft Bribes Are Back: Laptops for Love

  • Subject: Re: [News] Microsoft Bribes Are Back: Laptops for Love
  • From: Homer <usenet@xxxxxxxxxx>
  • Date: Sun, 02 Nov 2008 05:09:34 +0000
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Verily I say unto thee, that Roy Schestowitz spake thusly:

> Microsoft bribes again?
> http://blogs.computerworld.com/microsoft_bribes_again

For those who think they can justify bribery with comments like this:

There is nothing wrong with corporate gifts. I am a corporate sales
professional and I always provide samples to my potential clients.

I think this comment is the best response:

Laptops are not samples ... and bloggers are not potential customers.

A single-load pouch of laundry detergent is a sample and a stay-at-home
mom is a potential customer for that product. You would not send a
two-year supply of laundry detergent to an employee of Consumer Reports
for their personal use in advance of a product test and expect it to be
called anything but what it is... a bribe.

Handing out DVD's with a live demo of Windows 7 would be a sample.
Handing them to people on the street would be giving them to potential
customers. Handing out $2,000 laptops preloaded with working copies of
Windows 7 to software reviewers, bloggers, is a bribe

Moreover, Microsoft is not your average company, they have a track
record of behaving like gangsters, so what may seem harmless coming from
some other source, needs to be scrutinised more carefully when it comes
from Microsoft.

It's odd how so many pro-Microsoft people seem to have such difficulty
with, what should be, relatively simply questions of morality. Then
again, given the moral depravity of the company they support, maybe not.


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