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[News] Microsoft Could Become a Patent Troll by Proxy

2700 Signatures and Climbing

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| ...Richard M Stallman has not "absolved" anyone that he is aware of.
| The article also show that while Microsoft may not themselves become
| a "patent troll", they could engage in the behavior by proxy.


Microsoft does a lot of things by proxy. SCO is only one example.

When Your Sworn Enemy is Your Biggest Reseller

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| If Novell is so vulnerable, why didn't Microsoft just buy Novell out,
| rather than partner with them? Perhaps because a completely dependent
| Novell is preferable to none at all, and it wouldn't be the first time
| that Microsoft used a proxy to advance its agenda.


To repeat what was posted earlier:

Comes v. MS Antitrust Trial Begins in Iowa

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| Here's part of what Allchin said about how to deal with the competitive 
| threat from Novell then:
| "We need to slaughter Novell before they get stronger....If you're
| going to kill someone, there isn't much reason to get all worked up
| about it and angry. You just pull the trigger. Any discussions
| beforehand are a waste of time. We need to smile at Novell while
| we pull the trigger."


Also this:

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| Conlin used a variety of computer-generated illustrations,
| including one that showed 15 icons, each representing what she
| said was an illegal action taken by Microsoft in pursuit of its
| bid to become and remain a monopoly. The icons had titles like
| "exclusionary contract," "technical sabotage," "buying out the
| competition," "espionage," and "deception and misinformation."

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