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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RE: Again and again and again
by Flatline on Tue 9th Oct 2007 18:31 UTC 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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Janvl Member since:
2007-02-20

You are right I ment the american way of doing business especially with patents. I cooperate in an initiative in europe to try to stop this "software-patents", this kills businesses and stops innovations made by the small businesses.
There are lots of "american ways" I wish would come to europe, I moved 1000 km and have loads of trouble with all kind of administrative things due to the fact it is another country.

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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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l3v1 Member since:
2005-07-06

to bashing Americans

reasons to hate another country or nationality


You make it sound like everyone who doesn't see the US as heaven among pink clouds is some kind of extremist who just dislikes the US because they are a different country and nation. This is utterly stupid, and IMHO you shouldn't swing such accusations so uncaringly around.

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