Roy Schestowitz <newsgroups@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxx> espoused:
> __/ [ nessuno@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx ] on Thursday 30 March 2006 01:36 \__
>> B Gruff wrote:
>>> Is this some sort of joke?
>>> A fine of $350,000,000 paid in Microsoft VOUCHERS?
>>> Did you Americans never pass any anti-truck laws?
>>> Don't you oblige people to pay in "coin of the realm"?
>>> Do you really do your transactions in Green Shield Stamps, cigarette cards
>>> and Microsoft vouchers?
>>> $350M in $12 vouchers????
>>> ...as baa-lamb would say....... LOL!
>> I agree, it's disgusting. California got some deal with Microsoft
>> where they paid for past crimes with vouchers. You had to prove you
>> had spent money on Microsoft products in a certain time frame to get
>> something back. It was maybe $100 as I recall. I had certainly paid
>> Microsoft, having bought several computers from Dell with Windows
>> preinstalled, but I couldn't find the purchase orders and it was too
>> much hassle.
> They did the exact same thing to settle with IBM. It would be insulting to
> accept vouchers for the same pile of s**t that had this anti-trust commence.
> The fight here is over the fact that Microsoft maintain a monopoly. By
> offering Microsoft vouchers, they only *sustain* this monopoly. It's the
> analogy of stabbing a man's open sore. Disgraceful!
I just said the same thing in another posting - I couldn't agree more.
You don't punish monopoly violations by encouraging even further
monopoly and lock-in - it's madness.
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