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[News] [Rival] Squeezing the Goose: Czech Republic Government Falls for Microsoft Scam (Sells Out)

  • Subject: [News] [Rival] Squeezing the Goose: Czech Republic Government Falls for Microsoft Scam (Sells Out)
  • From: Roy Schestowitz <newsgroups@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxx>
  • Date: Fri, 23 May 2008 16:54:26 +0100
  • Newsgroups: comp.os.linux.advocacy
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Microsoft Gulf and Qatar’s Ministry of Economy carry out raids against 
illegal retailers 

,----[ Quote ]
| Seized items include 100 CDs with illegal software, and PCs loaded with 
| pirated Microsoft Windows XP and Microsoft Office 


Microsoft, Czech Republic Sign Pact On Licensing And Supply

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| Microsoft Chief Executive Steve Ballmer signed the deal with Czech Interior 
| Minister Ivan Langer. The agreement is aimed at simplifying the software 
| licensing process over the next three to five years.  
| Deputy Interior Minister Zdenek Zajicek said the arrangement would save the 
| government about EUR28 million.  


How would that simplify anything? They've just locked themselves in for a few
more years.

Another set of eggs coming Ballmer's way?



Software Group Targets Small Business

,----[ Quote ]
| Enraged, CEO Sterling Ball vowed never to use Microsoft software again, even 
| if "we have to buy 10,000 abacuses." He shifted to open-source software, 
| which lacks such legal entanglements because its underlying code is freely 
| distributed.   


How the BSA nets piracy suspects

,----[ Quote ]
| The Business Software Alliance collects tens of millions of dollars in 
| settlements from companies it accuses of software piracy, but it doesn't have 
| to file lawsuits to do it. Instead the BSA usually gets companies to convict 
| themselves through a "self audit."   


Hypocrisy off the port bow!

,----[ Quote ]
| Admiral Holleyman of the Bull Shit Association dares claim that our craft 
| makes his skainsmates lose (that's the opposite o' win, for all ye 
| spelling-retarded coppocias) $11 billion US dollars every year. Hoy-day! A 
| flight of fancy I've ne'er seen before such bardleture came before me! Such 
| presumptuous posy overflows my yellow bile. As if every man of the 
| brotherhood would actually buy the programs he pirates! Bah! Next, I wager 
| he'll be so bloody daft to presume that blokes should actually read a license 
| agreement, the likes o' which have never been, and may yet never be enforced 
| in full.        


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 seals its Windows and opens the door to Linux

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| Now comes the really interesting question. With Vista's activation
| technology, Microsoft has the power to stamp out piracy everywhere. But
| will it choose to do so everywhere? After all, if folks in China or
| Thailand or Ethiopia have to pay for Vista, they won't be able to run
| it because they won't be able to afford the licence fee. In which case
| they may finally wake up to the attractions of free software such as
| Linux - and it's easy to imagine what that will do to Microsoft's
| plans for world domination.
| It's a delicious prospect: Microsoft impaling itself on the horns
| of a dilemma it has created for itself. Roll on Thursday.

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