Roy Schestowitz wrote:
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> Microsoft Antitrust Case Sparks Lobby Group Turf War
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> | The latest Microsoft antitrust battle in Europe has sparked a turf war
> | between lobby groups that claim to represent small and medium size
> | enterprises' (SMEs) interests in the case.PIN-SME, a lobby group on the
> | side of the European Commission -- Europe's top antitrust authority --
> | hit out at rival the Association for Competitive Technology (ACT) in a
> | statement Thursday. The document dismissed ACT's claim earlier this week
> | that SMEs need a solid Windows platform containing Internet Explorer
> | (IE) for building software.
Totally laughable windummy claims!!!
I thought asstroturfing is illegal in EU as of May 26, 2007.
> | ACT this week submitted its opinions on the Microsoft antitrust case to
> | the Commission. It said it is acting on behalf of 73 SME firms. ACT
> | president Jonathan Zuck hit back at Toffaletti's criticism in an
> | interview, pointing out that Microsoft is a sponsor, not a member, of
> | the trade group, and defending his impartiality.Sponsors also include
> | Oracle and eBay, and together their revenue comes to roughly the same
> | amount as ACT makes from membership fees from its 4,000 members, Zuck
> | said.
> | [...]
> | Another long-serving Microsoft ally in its European Commission antitrust
> | battles, the Computing Technology Industry Association (CompTIA)
> | Thursday backed up Zuck's argument that SMEs are on Microsoft's side in
> | the case.CompTIA is intervening in the Microsoft case on behalf of 90
> | SMEs, it said.
> What Shall We Do About Software Patents?
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> | The ACT seems to think that the patent system works so well in the US,
> | that Europe absolutely must ditch its own quaintly fragmented approach,
> | and adopt a nicely unified one closer to the Stateside model.
> | Pity, then, that books like Patent Failure provide hundreds of pages of
> | incontrovertible evidence that the patent system there actually costs
> | more money ? in terms of litigation ? than it generates for patent
> | holders, with the possible exception of the pharmaceutical industry (and
> | we all know what paragons they are, especially in their licensing terms
> | to developing countries.)
> MS struggles to discredit Linux
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> | What's cheaper than an OS you can buy outright once and install on every
> | PC in your shop -- and upgrade cost-free for eternity to boot? Why, a
> | slew of cheesy licenses for Microsoft Windows, 'Doze Division VP Brian
> | Valentine claims in his latest cheerleading effort for his sales
> | associates.
> | That's right; a putatively independent analysis by
> | 'we'll-conclude-anything' whores DH Brown is going to rip Linux a new
> | one and find that Windows is actually cheaper. How Valentine knows this
> | is anyone's guess. Perhaps he has a mole in the Brown organization as
> | good as the one we have in his. Or perhaps MS simply paid for it. We
> | don't know.
> | It also appears that MS has bought off a number of Linux/Sun 'insiders'
> | whose job it will be to explain to the sales team how to pitch the
> | illusory advantages of Windows to unsuspecting IT managers. "Dumber
> | people can run Windows" is the best advert I personally can come up
> | with, though this is without the benefit of expensive analysts and
> | turncoat 'insiders' to feed me intriguing tidbits.
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