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Virtual Darpa Grand Challenge
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| I thought Iâd also put this out there to the
| Linux community and see what they think of it.
| Iâve never done anything like this before so
| Iâm not even sure if I should take on this
| idea, but Iâd be interested in hearing what
| people think of it and any advice on how to
| make it happen.
People who worked for Microsoft understand and openly claim that GNU/Linux
is the future.
Washington State to Microsoft: why aren't you paying your taxes?
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| Last week, Microsoft told Seattle's KUOW: 'We
| pay all our tax obligations everywhere we are,
| properly.' Today, Microsoft Tax Dodge, a new
| website focused on the company's royalty tax
| dodge, challenged CEO Steve Ballmer today to
| live up to his spoken commitment to transparent
| business practices: 'At this point, I think it's
| reasonable to ask Microsoft to back up that
| claim with a public explanation of the company's
| licensing operations. In that spirit, will you
| tell the public how it is that Microsoft has
| avoided paying Washington State's B&O Royalty
| Tax for the past 12 years?' Washington State
| currently faces a projected $2.6 billion
| deficit. In addition to the ethical and public
| relations issues that crumbling bridges and
| overcrowded schools (Seattle recently
| considered making D a passing grade) present
| to the state's most profitable company, the
| compa ny also faces deeper scrutiny of the
| legality of its tax practice.
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| THE ALLEGATIONS WERE shocking: For years, Microsoft has systematically
| distorted its profit figures in an effort to consistently beat Wall Street
| expectations and keep its stock price steadily rising. The false reports
| would violate SEC regulations, and amount to outright fraud.
| More shocking was the source of the allegations: Microsoft's chief of
| internal audits, Charlie Pancerzewski, who reported directly to the company's
| chief financial officer.
| Most shocking of all was what happened to Pancerzewski when he reported the
| suspicious bookkeeping to his supervisors, Microsoft CFO Mike Brown and chief
| operating officer Bob Herbold, in the spring of 1995. Soon afterward,
| Pancerzewskiâwho for nearly five years had received stellar performance
| evaluationsâreceived his first-ever unsatisfactory one, and was eventually
| forced to resign.
| Two months ago, Microsoft quietly settled a lawsuit containing these
| allegations, filed in 1997 by Pancerzewski under the Whistleblowers
| Protection Act. The auditor claimed he was wrongfully terminated after
| telling his supervisors that Microsoft might be breaking securities and tax
| laws. The lawsuit made its tortuous way through several rounds of pretrial
| motions until last fall, when US District Judge Carolyn Dimmick denied
| Microsoft's final plea for summary judgment, finding credible evidence that
| Microsoft may have violated SEC rules, as Pancerzewski alleged. Shortly
| thereafter, Microsoft and Pancerzewski settled out of court. Terms of the
| agreement were sealed, but one source who claims familiarity with the case
| says that Microsoft paid Pancerzewski $4 million.
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