Linked by Eugenia Loli on Wed 12th Jul 2006 16:18 UTC, submitted by wakeupneo
Microsoft The European Commission fined Microsoft 280.5 million euros ($357.3 million) on Wednesday to punish its failure to comply with a landmark 2004 antitrust ruling.
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RE[2]: The right thing to do
by billnvd on Wed 12th Jul 2006 20:22 UTC in reply to "RE: The right thing to do"
billnvd
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2006-02-04

Consumers are being harmed because:

1 When a company becomes powerful enough to intentionally corrupt the accepted standards of a global resource and the only way to then fully access that global resource is to use that companys product, the consumer is harmed.

Examples: HTML, JAVA, Active X, etc . . I do not use MS products and am damn tired of the mess of incompatibility that IE and Microsoft has created on the Web.

2. When a company becomes powerful enough to dominate global communication / documentation protocols and refuses to document those protocols then the consumer is forced to purchase that companies products to communicate with the masses, the consumer is harmed.

Example: Office. I do not use MS products and was declined for an interview because I was unable to submit my resume in .doc format.

3. When a company becomes powerful enough to "influence" third party vendors to make it really difficult to NOT buy first companys products when there is no intention of ever using those products, the consumer is harmed.

Example. Windows preloads. I do not use MS products and I am tired of the fact that I have probably purchased 25 licenses for software that I don't use, will never use and cannot be reasonably reimbursed for those unwilling purchases.

Do I need to go on?

Bill

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