Linked by Thom Holwerda on Wed 5th Dec 2012 18:05 UTC
Legal "The European Commission has fined seven international groups of companies a total of EUR 1,470,515,000 for participating in either one or both of two distinct cartels in the sector of cathode ray tubes. For almost ten years, between 1996 and 2006, these companies fixed prices, shared markets, allocated customers between themselves and restricted their output. One cartel concerned colour picture tubes used for televisions and the other one colour display tubes used in computer monitors. The cartels operated worldwide. The infringements found by the Commission therefore cover the entire European Economic Area. Chunghwa, LG Electronics, Philips and Samsung SDI participated in both cartels, while Panasonic, Toshiba, MTPD (currently a Panasonic subsidiary) and Technicolor (formerly Thomson) participated only in the cartel for television tubes." The EU can do good things.
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Comment by Kroc
by Kroc on Wed 5th Dec 2012 18:48 UTC
Kroc
Member since:
2005-11-10

"The EU can do good things."

10 years too late. Where's my rebate?
Just imagine how we're being ripped off nowadays.

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RE: Comment by Kroc
by Doc Pain on Thu 6th Dec 2012 03:10 UTC in reply to "Comment by Kroc"
Doc Pain Member since:
2006-10-08

Where's my rebate?


Your rebate? Whenever a company has to pay fines, they usually let their customers (i. e., you and me) pay the bill, and maybe adding them as "tax deductible" in their declaration. All kinds of "extra costs" are handed down through trading chains until they finally reach the consumer who cannot avoid paying them. In the end, some clever manager gets a bonus of "having successfully dealt with it".

Reply Score: 5

RE: Comment by Kroc
by henrikmk on Thu 6th Dec 2012 15:26 UTC in reply to "Comment by Kroc"
henrikmk Member since:
2005-07-10

I wonder if it's even the same people who are fined as those who made the cartel in the first place. Those responsible are probably going free.

1996 was 16 years ago.

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Comment by NuxRo
by NuxRo on Wed 5th Dec 2012 19:05 UTC
NuxRo
Member since:
2010-09-25

Easy money!

Now they need to do something about UEFI!

Reply Score: 3

RE: Comment by NuxRo
by Neolander on Wed 5th Dec 2012 20:19 UTC in reply to "Comment by NuxRo"
Neolander Member since:
2010-03-08

Easy money!

Now they need to do something about UEFI!

Like having it renamed to "Microsoft UEFI"? ;)

Reply Score: 4

RE[2]: Comment by NuxRo
by gfolkert on Fri 7th Dec 2012 21:50 UTC in reply to "RE: Comment by NuxRo"
gfolkert Member since:
2008-12-15

Can't you FOSSers just leave the Anti_Microsoft Bigotry behind. Its getting sickening.

I mean really its getting old.
(/mock type="of some other commentor that usually says this and shall be left un-named")

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RE[3]: Comment by NuxRo
by Neolander on Sat 8th Dec 2012 07:11 UTC in reply to "RE[2]: Comment by NuxRo"
Neolander Member since:
2010-03-08

Can't you FOSSers just leave the Anti_Microsoft Bigotry behind. Its getting sickening.

I mean really its getting old.
(/mock type="of some other commentor that usually says this and shall be left un-named")

You know what's horrible? For about a minute, I missed the mock tag and considered this to be a serious comment.

Says something about the current state of UEFI discussions on OSnews, if "discussions" is still the proper term ;)

Edited 2012-12-08 07:16 UTC

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RE[4]: Comment by NuxRo
by Alfman on Sat 8th Dec 2012 08:59 UTC in reply to "RE[3]: Comment by NuxRo"
Alfman Member since:
2011-01-28

Oh hell, I missed it too my first read and voted him down for it. Sarcastic comments are hard to detect when others say the same thing without sarcasm.

Maybe "unnamed" is just taking sarcasm to the literal extreme.

See Sarcastaball: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vlv6BrrxD_4

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