Linked by Thom Holwerda on Mon 13th Sep 2010 20:57 UTC
Microsoft Who said a public outcry - even if it's just on the internet - never helped anyone? Yesterday, we reported on The New York Times' findings that Microsoft lawyers were taking part in raids on opposition groups in Russia. Today, Microsoft has announced a number of steps to fix the situation - the most significant of which is a unilateral software license extended to all NGOs in Russia and several other countries.
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Saying that a copy of windows costs as much as the distribution costs shows a profound lack of understanding about how this industry works.

Well, let's be honest, profound lack of understanding goes hand in hand with the dirty hippy feel-good free*** nonsense you'll get out of the 'free as in freedom' nutjobs who yum up the commie rhetoric like a bunch of college age stoners -- and don't even recognize that they are being led down the garden path by way of assertion, bandwagon, card stacking, glittering generalities, testimonials, plain folks, and of course transfer.

It's a bit like when they omit the 11 cents per dollar on the price of gas used for actually paying to move it to the gas station, much less the station markup and claim that along with the company 'profit'... as if magically the trains, trucks and employees between point A and point B don't exist.

Don't look for the average "oh it should be free" or "it shouldn't cost that much" free*** to understand the mere notion of wooing investors to give you money to develop a product on the promise of returning money on their investment - much less the idea of paying an employee to actually do labor.

Especially since "the man is keeping them down" with the "evil corporations"... who are the real reason we have any of this beautiful technology and why MOST of the world actually has jobs -- since somebody had to pay all these innovators... Companies like Xerox, Microsoft, Borland, Apple, Lotus, Commodore, Tandy... Where the real computer revolution took place!

But what does one expect from a social movement originally founded on the sour grapes of back room *nix server geeks who basically leeched off the work of Bell Labs and heavy private investments at Colleges like Berkeley and MIT, and suddenly found their bleeding edge of 1960's technology being outpaced by products from the above-mentioned corporations in the 80's -- where the REAL computer revolution occurred.

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