Linked by Thom Holwerda on Tue 12th Jun 2007 19:46 UTC, submitted by Dale Smoker
Legal Internet search leader Google is trying to convince federal and state authorities that Microsoft's Vista operating system is stifling competition as the high-tech heavyweights wrestle for the allegiance of personal computer users. In a 49-page document filed April 18 with the U.S. Justice Department and state attorneys general, Google alleged that the latest version of Microsoft's Windows operating system impairs the performance of 'desktop search' programs that find data stored on a computer's hard drive. Besides bogging down competing programs, Google alleged Microsoft had made it too complicated to turn off the desktop search feature built into Vista.
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RE[3]: hmmm
by wannabe geek on Wed 13th Jun 2007 01:47 UTC in reply to "RE[2]: hmmm"
wannabe geek
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2006-09-27

I agree on this: "As long as MS is the only one to complain to we all prove that Windows is the only OS out there that should be used."

My take is:

1) Antitrust legislation is broken. It shouldn't be needed. Monopolies don't rise because of lack of antitrust legislation. They rise because of monopoly-friendly legislation, which takes us to..

2) IP law is equally broken. Especially (but not exclusively) copyright law and software patents. They are a major instrument of vendor lock-in and subsequent monopoly.

Now, they say "two wrongs don't make a right" but I prefer a doubly-broken, evenly crappy legal system rather than a singly-broken, unbalanced legal system which is a monopolist's dream. Frankly, I don't care much whether Google or Microsoft is in the right under this dumb legislation.

BTW, I'm glad we have no software patent laws in Europe for the moment.

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