Linked by Thom Holwerda on Tue 26th Sep 2006 23:04 UTC
Legal European competition commissioner Neelie Kroes said the US government tried to influence its decision over a 280.5 mln eur fine for software giant Microsoft, newspaper Het Financieele Dagblad said. The US embassy in Brussels had contacted Kroes and asked her to be a bit 'nicer' to Microsoft before she had taken the decision to fine Microsoft in July, Kroes said in an interview.
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RE[2]: lucky
by judgen on Wed 27th Sep 2006 17:37 UTC in reply to "RE: lucky"
judgen
Member since:
2006-07-12

The first computers, the mechanical punch-card ones were actually from the industrial world center of the time, wich was not the US but europe. read more about the history of computers before making ignorant statements. Also i would like to add that the first digital programmable computer in the world was not american either. It was german and it was called Zuse Z3 and was built 1941. I say this once more to all history-teacher wannabes "Read the facts first, make statements later"

On the topic, i dont see Microsoft bailing out of this. I think they will pay and everything goes back to normal.

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RE[3]: lucky
by Kochise on Thu 28th Sep 2006 07:18 in reply to "RE[2]: lucky"
Kochise Member since:
2006-03-03

Oh, you're left in the punch-card era ;) I believed we were talking about transistor-silicon based computers ! You could have added that George Boole was european as well, so you could claims all computer technology is derivative from european technology. You know what ? I'm european and I envy Intel (US), AMD (US), Texas Instruments (US), Motorola/Freescale (US), MIPS Technologies (US), Silicon Graphics (US), ... As a french, should I feel proud of Bull, Thomson, ... ? Or Amstrad for UK ?

Kochise

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