Linked by Thom Holwerda on Tue 9th Oct 2007 16:14 UTC, submitted by Rahul
Microsoft Microsoft chief executive Steve Ballmer has warned users of Red Hat Linux that they will have to pay Microsoft for its intellectual property. "People who use Red Hat, at least with respect to our intellectual property, in a sense have an obligation to compensate us," Ballmer said last week at a company event in London discussing online services in the UK.
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Again and again and again
by Janvl on Tue 9th Oct 2007 18:20 UTC
Janvl
Member since:
2007-02-20

I do not know the age of Mr. Balmer but is he not to young to suffer from Alzheimer's disease? This is exactly the same thing he told several times before and nothing ever happened. I always wonder how people like mr. Balmer get to positions like that, it cannot be because of his outstanding intelligence. As a European I have severe trouble understanding this "american way" and I am very glad mrs. Neelie Kroes does not give in to some silly demands from the usa about our law-system. I like a lot of americans but somehow the Balmers drift to the surface how come?

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RE: Again and again and again
by Flatline on Tue 9th Oct 2007 18:31 in reply to "Again and again and again"
Flatline Member since:
2006-03-06

Ummm...I work for a huge multinational company, and I can tell you that idiots "drifting to the surface" is not by any means a uniquely American tendency. Please do not make this discussion a forum for bashing the U.S. It is unnecessary and, frankly, it makes many people more likely to disregard any cogent points you might make.

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DeadFishMan Member since:
2006-01-09

While you do have a good point I think that the parent poster was referring to the "American way of conducting business" due primarily to this patent stupidity or at least that's how I read it.

I don't see any cheap shots against Americans otherwise in his post - intended or not.

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RE[2]: Again and again and again
by re_re on Wed 10th Oct 2007 03:28 in reply to "RE: Again and again and again"
re_re Member since:
2005-07-06

To late. It seems most discussion forums on osnews have gravitated to bashing Americans. I guess we are all the same and according to the rest of the world we are all bigots, dishonest, and just out to make a buck at any cost.

It is truly disturbing to me.

To be honest, I could come up with a thousand reasons to hate another country or nationality of people, but I choose not to because it is wrong....... I guess it is only wrong unless it is towards Americans.

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RE: Again and again and again
by Soulbender on Wed 10th Oct 2007 04:05 in reply to "Again and again and again"
Soulbender Member since:
2005-08-18

"I do not know the age of Mr. Balmer but is he not to young to suffer from Alzheimer's disease?"

It would be early-onset AD.

"I like a lot of americans but somehow the Balmers drift to the surface how come?"

Morons in high positions is in no way unique to the U.S or U.S companies.

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