Linked by Thom Holwerda on Wed 7th Nov 2012 21:36 UTC
Microsoft Bart Eppenauer, Microsoft's chief patent guy, in an interview with The Verge: "We believe our patent laws have served the country very well." Loosely translated, this reads: "This system that gives me my six-figure income and is a fine anti-competitive tool for my company have served me and my company well, the damage to the industry be damned."
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RE[9]: Comment by strim
by kwan_e on Thu 8th Nov 2012 05:42 UTC in reply to "RE[8]: Comment by strim"
kwan_e
Member since:
2007-02-18

Nope, actually I don't use Steam because of their DRM approach. I prefer GOG if anything, because they have strong DRM free stance. Many Windows games run just fine on Linux these days with Wine. And more native Linux games come out. Gaming situation on Linux is much better than before.


You're still supporting companies that end up buying Microsoft things to test on, and thus completely eliminating any effect of your attempted boycott.

If you're buying a Windows game and running it on Wine, all the game company is going to see is that their Windows game is getting sales, leading to more investment in Microsoft products.

The moles you are whacking are creating bubbles in the carpet.

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RE[10]: Comment by strim
by shmerl on Thu 8th Nov 2012 05:46 in reply to "RE[9]: Comment by strim"
shmerl Member since:
2010-06-08

You can build any kind of indirection back to Microsoft. That's not your responsibility. Direct support however is a personal choice which has no justification for those who criticize Microsoft, but buy their Windows, Xbox & Co.

Edited 2012-11-08 05:46 UTC

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RE[11]: Comment by strim
by kwan_e on Thu 8th Nov 2012 06:15 in reply to "RE[10]: Comment by strim"
kwan_e Member since:
2007-02-18

You can build any kind of indirection back to Microsoft. That's not your responsibility. Direct support however is a personal choice which has no justification for those who criticize Microsoft, but buy their Windows, Xbox & Co.


It's not your responsibility, but the claim was that the transition between boycott and collapse was "that easy".

It's not easy. Boycotts don't work any more. Most large tech companies are so intertwined with one another that boycotting does not work.

The only thing that seems to actually work is if boards of directors hire drop-in CEOs and they rip the guts out of a company in order to boost share price.

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