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Re: Erik Funkenbusch again

After takin' a swig o' grog, Erik Funkenbusch belched out
  this bit o' wisdom:

> On Sat, 11 Apr 2009 10:07:53 GMT, 7 wrote:
>> You MUST be the idiot. Thanks for selling that on to us.
>> It is incredible how an idiot like you can't understand what is being
>> discussed. The sales guys are saying there is a delta of 85 dollars
>> BECAUSE prices for OS are being quoted outside of a hitertoo
>> UNKNOWN AND ILLEGAL marketing agreement to NOT QUOTE prices between
>> vendor and customer.
> What makes you think this is illegal?  Microsoft's OEM contracts were
> scrutinized by the DOJ and this subject was never brought up.  What makes
> you think you know more than they do?

Because Comes versus Microsoft came about from the strong belief of some
states that the DOJ adopted a "pollyannish attitude" towards Microsoft's
willingness to obey the spirit of the decision.  That Microsoft's
slap-on-the-wrist would not materially deter it from its behavior, but
merely alter its tactics.

> But regardless, whether or not the prices are quoted to the customer, it
> doesn't change the fact that Roy's claim that the emails he posted proved
> that Microsoft was manipulating prices to harm linux.  In fact, the emails
> proved the opposite, that Microsoft managers stated specifically that such
> price manipulations could not be done.

Maybe not, but side deals are the bread-and-butter of the businessman.

And Microsoft is nothing if not a predatory business.

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