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]: Disreputable
by Soulbender on Wed 13th Jun 2007 03:27 UTC in reply to "RE[2]: Disreputable"
Soulbender
Member since:
2005-08-18

"The MS software dictatorship should never be trusted."

So instead we should of course trust Google, another gigantic corporation who's primary goal is making money.
Oh, I forgot. They have "Don't be evil" in their corporate philosophy. That makes all the difference, I guess.

Edited 2007-06-13 03:30

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RE[4]: Disreputable
by archiesteel on Wed 13th Jun 2007 05:32 in reply to "RE[3]: Disreputable"
archiesteel Member since:
2005-07-02

So instead we should of course trust Google, another gigantic corporation who's primary goal is making money.


No, we should trust the legal system. If Google has a case, then they'll settle this in or out of court. If they don't, well, then that will be that.

That said, while it may be tempting from Microsoft apologists to try to turn Google into the next boogieman (and therefore shift attention away from their beloved monopolist), for that Google would need to display the same predatory, anti-competitive behavior that has characterized Microsoft's history over the past 15 years. So far, that hasn't happened, and therefore it's hard to take these efforts seriously.

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RE[5]: Disreputable
by tomcat on Wed 13th Jun 2007 20:05 in reply to "RE[4]: Disreputable"
tomcat Member since:
2006-01-06

That said, while it may be tempting from Microsoft apologists to try to turn Google into the next boogieman (and therefore shift attention away from their beloved monopolist), for that Google would need to display the same predatory, anti-competitive behavior that has characterized Microsoft's history over the past 15 years. So far, that hasn't happened, and therefore it's hard to take these efforts seriously.

There's no need to "try" to turn Google into the next boogeyman: It's doing that all by itself. Read the latest news. Google has one of the worst records on consumer privacy than any other tech company, and it's in the process of trying to acquire DoubleClick, a company that has long been criticized for privacy violations (See http://news.com.com/FTC+investigates+DoubleClicks+data-collection+p...).

Now, we see Google lodging a weak complaint against Microsoft in its bid to force MS to offer GDS real estate on the desktop. Heck, even Google-supporting Slashdot readers agree that Google is full of cr*p on this issue. Face it: Google is overreaching because it wants to own everything related to search, and it doesn't care whether its complaint is legitimate or not. It wants to force MS out of that space through litigation, since it obviously can't do it on technical merit. They turned to the same publicity-pimping state AGs to beat the drum against "big bad Microsoft" again, but this time it ain't gonna play. Technically, Google is just plain wrong.

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RE[5]: Disreputable
by Soulbender on Thu 14th Jun 2007 08:58 in reply to "RE[4]: Disreputable"
Soulbender Member since:
2005-08-18

"No, we should trust the legal system."

Hmmmm...was my sarcasm not obvious enough? Of course we shouldn't trust neither.

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