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[5]: Disreputable
by tomcat on Wed 13th Jun 2007 20:05 UTC in reply to "RE[4]: Disreputable"
tomcat
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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[6]: Disreputable
by archiesteel on Wed 13th Jun 2007 20:15 in reply to "RE[5]: Disreputable"
archiesteel Member since:
2005-07-02

There's no need to "try" to turn Google into the next boogeyman: It's doing that all by itself.


One report from a Privacy Watchdog group does not a boogeyman make. Especially not when you consider that Google has said that they would try to address some of the issues raised.

That's a far cry from the years upon years of dirty tricks Microsoft has accustomed us to - though I don't expect Microsoft apologists to acknowledge this point.

Heck, even Google-supporting Slashdot readers agree that Google is full of cr*p


Again, who cares what the people in the Slashdot echo chamber say? I'm waiting for more information instead of going for the knee-jerk reactions you and others have displayed here.

Google is overreaching because it wants to own everything related to search, and it doesn't care whether its complaint is legitimate or not.


I'd rather have two separate monopolies than a single, bigger one, but maybe that's just me. I know you, and other, would rather have Microsoft dominate *every* part of the computer industry...

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RE[7]: Disreputable
by tomcat on Wed 13th Jun 2007 22:55 in reply to "RE[6]: Disreputable"
tomcat Member since:
2006-01-06

One report from a Privacy Watchdog group does not a boogeyman make. Especially not when you consider that Google has said that they would try to address some of the issues raised.

Open your eyes. Google isn't addressing any of these issues; in fact, they're getting more pervasive day by day.

http://news.com.com/2100-1024_3-6177819.html (DoubleClick)
http://uk.news.yahoo.com/040405/80/eqcm0.html (GMail)
http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/18393468/ (public data)

That's a far cry from the years upon years of dirty tricks Microsoft has accustomed us to - though I don't expect Microsoft apologists to acknowledge this point.

You're talking about ancient history. Microsoft has a government-sponsored compliance committee on its back that evaluates all of its deals, contracts, mergers/acquisitions, APIs, integrations, etc. Try coming up with something from this millenium.

Again, who cares what the people in the Slashdot echo chamber say?

Ordinarily, I'd say nobody. But since Slashdot is essentially a house organ for Google most of the time, it's rather telling in what it reveals. Technical opinion is that Google is blowing smoke here; that it has a means of turning off the Windows Search service, and it has the ability to provide its own UI.


I'm waiting for more information instead of going for the knee-jerk reactions you and others have displayed here.

Oh, puh-lease. You've already exonerated Google, based on your current attitude.

I'd rather have two separate monopolies than a single, bigger one, but maybe that's just me.

Not at the expense of free commerce. I don't want Google Desktop. I don't really care about Windows Search, either. So, consequently, I don't want some government bureaucrat telling software companies how to design software.

I know you, and other, would rather have Microsoft dominate *every* part of the computer industry...

No, wrong. I would prefer that there were more balance between competitors. But this complaint by Google is going a little too far.

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