Linked by Thom Holwerda on Fri 26th Jan 2007 21:37 UTC
Windows A coalition of rivals charged on Friday that Microsoft's new Vista operating system coming out next week will perpetuate practices found illegal in the European Union nearly three years ago. The group, which includes IBM, Nokia, Sun Microsystems, Adobe, Oracle and Red Hat, said its complaints made last year are yet to be addressed just days before Vista is due for release.
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Yes, the EU, I have heard of it
by pfortuny on Sat 27th Jan 2007 13:08 UTC
pfortuny
Member since:
2006-02-05

I did receive a fellowship from the EU years ago.

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SCARY (not that I am ungrateful, though)
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As a matter of fact, I am not conscious of having received a formal notification from the EU on having received the fellowship (but I did get the money).

Obviously, all the procedures were strictly confidential and information was scant....

However, I did have to fill in quite a few forms.

It looks each day more like the Soviet Union's Party: PAPER PAPER PAPER PAPER. If you are powerful, you can feed the monster with enough PAPER to make it happy (which is what MS seems to have been doing for years) and go on "living" (as MS seems to be doing, btw: have they really **paid** any money for the "fines"?).

However, if you are a poor mortal, you are DONE.

Yes, this seems just giving MS more publicity FOR FREE.

There is a legislative power in the EU, but where is the executive when it comes to a US multinational?

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h3rman Member since:
2006-08-09

I did receive a fellowship from the EU years ago.
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Obviously, all the procedures were strictly confidential and information was scant....

However, I did have to fill in quite a few forms.


Don't worry, legislation in America itself is actually much worse.
Material gathered by means of spying on US citizens by the CIA - without a warrant or anything of the kind - can now be brought up against them in court as evidence.
That's Patriot Act. And that's not even the most dangerous part of it.

The president of the US can now also personally order any foreigner in the US to disappear and be 'disposed of' when it is "in the interest of national security". He doesn't have to explain to anyone, relatives, lawyers, whoever, why he thought that was "needed."

Microsoft's little empire is peanuts compared to all that. Not that it shouldn't be fought by energetic competition - and good, market regulatory, practice.

BTW, we in the EU will give any Americans political asylum if needed. ;)

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