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[2]: definition of extortion
by walterbyrd on Wed 10th Oct 2007 03:45 UTC in reply to "RE: definition of extortion"
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>>However, if they truly do have evidence that their patents are being violated, it's no long extortion.<<

Big "if" isn't it? If msft does have that proof, then what is the big secret? If msft does not have that proof (and let's be honest, it is clear they do not) then is it even boarderline ethical for the CEO to make such claims?

>>Zealots would like to believe Microsoft is doing pure extortion, and that they have no legitimate claims to back up their sabre-rattling. However, that defies logic<<

WTF? Defies logic how? Why doesn't msft put up or shut up? Msft has been making these specious claims for years and years. Logically, if msft had evidence, then msft would present it. Unless it's just another msft fud campaign. Right?

>> Microsoft is the biggest software company on earth, and likely to be so for the foreseeable future, despite anyone's wishes otherwise, and that's because, for the most part, they don't do horribly stupid things like SCO did, at least not to any degree that matters towards the bottom line a great deal.<<

WTF? Did you catch the part where ballmer spoke about the $500 million settle that msft just paid. And that is far from the first such settlement. Far from the largest settlement also. Msft has caught red-handed in *numerous* outright lies and scams - how about bald face lying to the US-DoJ? BTW: scox was not stupid at all, scox was as good as dead before the scam. Scox had nothing to lose, and all that msft money to gain.

>>Microsoft is far from being unique in the field of software and high-tech stuff from doing this sort of thing this is prevalent throughout the industry<<

WTF!!? I openly defy you to name another major software company that routinely breaks the law like msft does. How about outright stealling stacker technoloy? How about the letters from dead people campaigns? How about fronting with fake think-tanks? How about astro-turfing with a letters-from-dead-people campaign? How about the obvious corruption in the OOXML scam? How about paying another company many millions to have that company file a totally bogus lawsuit against IBM, just to FUD Linux. Please, name another major software company that does all that.

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