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[News] [Rival] Microsoft Squeezes Customers Harder to Please Shareholders?

  • Subject: [News] [Rival] Microsoft Squeezes Customers Harder to Please Shareholders?
  • From: Roy Schestowitz <newsgroups@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxx>
  • Date: Wed, 21 Nov 2007 07:23:39 +0000
  • Newsgroups: comp.os.linux.advocacy
  • Organization: Netscape / schestowitz.com
  • User-agent: KNode/0.10.4
Microsoft sues Fattal Hotels

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| BSA Israel's legal advisers, Adv. Naomi Assia and Osher Ben-Ezri claim that 
| Fattal and its managers had "blatantly violated Microsoft's intellectual 
| property rights, harmed its reputation and good name, and made unjust gains 
| at its expense by copying and installing original software without proper 
| licensing or authorization."    


As usual, Microsoft is getting people locked-in, turns a blind eye
to 'licensing', in and then cries out loud about 'piracy'. As long as there's
a penny left in your wallet (or you make one), Microsoft wants it and it's
willing to police and sue to get that penny. The robber baron takes it up a
notch. See below.


Microsoft says college students can 'steal' Office

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| Well, actually Microsoft isn't encouraging piracy. Rather it is launching a 
| promotion, dubbed "Ultimate Steal," in which college students can get the 
| ultra high-end Ultimate edition of Office for just $60.  


Governments Must Reject Gates' $3 Bid to Addict Next Billion PC Users 

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| Specifically, Bill Gates, citing China as an example, said:
|   "Although about 3 million computers get sold every year in China, but
|   people don't pay for the software," he said. "Someday they will, though.
|   As long as they are going to steal it, we want them to steal ours.
|   They'll get sort of addicted, and then we'll somehow figure out how to
|   collect sometime in the next decade."[1]


Microsoft Happy with the Evolution of Windows Vista Piracy

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| But the truth is that Microsoft is happy with the way Windows Vista
| piracy is evolving. Is there a catch to this? No. The fact of the
| matter is that Windows Vista has delivered a heavy blow to
| software counterfeiters. The reason for this is the new Windows
| Genuine Advantage security mechanism integrated into the
| operating system.
| You may not notice this on the surface. On the surface, the
| Internet is crawling with Windows Vista cracks, hacks and
| workarounds. On the surface, every Windows Vista edition has
| been cracked and is available for download via peer-to-peer 
| networks. But this is not the true extent of Windows Vista piracy.


Microsoft snubs Gorbachev over piracy plea 

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| However Microsoft has said it did not bring the case against Ponosov,
| this was done by the public prosecutor's office in Russia.


Piracy figures are inflated say criminologists 

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| A draft report by the Australian Institute of Criminology says
| copyright holders are making up piracy figures in order to sway
| governments to their side.


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