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 Soulbender on Wed 10th Oct 2007 04:14 UTC in reply to "RE: definition of extortion"
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"However, that defies logic: 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"

Or maybe that's exactly why they think they can get away with it. It wouldn't be the first time a large company has been infected with hubris and done amazingly stupid things.

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