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Mark Hubbard's picture
Submitted by Mark Hubbard on Mon, 2007-09-17 20:44

Another appalling decision from the EU Court (correction, the loathsome EU Court), overruling Microsoft's appeal, and making them share their code (with the huge fines on top). Since 2004 one of the best ways to ruin my day has been to read or think about this case. Little men and little women trying to make their careers by destroying what I think is probably the most successful, most innnovative company, in the history of capitalism. And those socialist bastards in the EU cheering and putting their thumbs down from the stalls. Cynical, low, corrupt little shits who've never known what it's like to innovate and create. And all the rotten little hanger on companies in the shadow of this titan who are baying for blood so that they may then feast on the carcass for their own ignoble gain.

And I have this fantasy, come daydream, that Bill Gates will hold a press conference and announce the demise of Microsoft forthwith: no new products, no support for existing ones, they are simply going to disappear: and then see what the world looks like. Which, of course, will never happen (well, only in novels, apparently).

Link follows, I'll leave you each to your own resources in cleansing the filth from it as you click in: EU Treachery.


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Take my ball and go home

I've been advocating the 'I'm taking my ball and going home' approach by Microsoft for a while now. They should turn the tables and refuse to support or sell to the EU government and revoke their licenses to use any Microsoft product effective immediately. Then sue the government for illegally using their software.

Wm

Destroyers they may be...

reed's picture

Mark -
It sounds like they are almost doing the right thing, with the wrong motivation (envy) to achieve the wrong goal (reducing MS market share).

For me, the issue here is allowing companies to patent basic things (a network protocol in this case) purely for the purpose of creating barriers to prevent competition.

IMO MS shouldn't be forced to provide documentation but the patent should be revoked, even better if it had never been issued in the first place.

[Edit] I'm assuming there is a patent. If there is no patent it should just be up to the compitition/whoever to figure out the protocol themselves.

Reed

Mark Hubbard's picture

I said in my post below, "Although doesn't change the thrust of my beef with the EU Court ruling, I don't think. "

A quote from the ruling (that Duncan has put on another thread) gets to the grist of this.

To reprint the quotation that Duncan used:

European competition commissioner Neelie Kroes said she wanted to see Microsoft Windows' market share fall as a result of the verdict. "A market level of much less than 95pc would be a way of measuring success," she said. "You can't draw a line and say exactly 50pc is correct, but a significant drop in market share is what we would like to see."

A spokesman later clarified that a fall in market share would be a logical consequence of fairer competition.

 

They really do want to 'destroy' this company, or at least cripple it considerably. When this case started I remember watching the pompous and sanctimonious legal team for the prosecution giving sickening interviews on CNN, casting themselves in the position of Moral Right, and the underlying tangible malice/envy shown toward Microsoft's success in their attitudes and tone, and it was this that I found, and still find, so offensive. They are all cynical destroyers, not creators or innovators.

Mitch: Peter has already

Mark Hubbard's picture

Mitch: Peter has already done a better PR than I could do Smiling

Reed: interesting points, on which I shall ponder. Although doesn't change the thrust of my beef with the EU Court ruling, I don't think. 

I have always defended MS as

reed's picture

I have always defended MS as far as being able to supply whatever software they want with their OS and I thought the courts got it wrong regarding internet explorer way back when, but...

From the article it looks like they are being forced to share "information on server protocols", which is different from being forced to share code.

If I ruled the world I wouldn't allow patents on document formats or communication protocols. They are not generally advances in technology but simply making a new language and then saying no one can use it unless you let them. It is anti competitive and anti progress.

Not sharing server protocols would make it difficult or impossible for other companies hardware/software to talk to MS servers. Note - it is illegal to reverse engineer the protocols too (IMO should be legal).

While I agree MS shouldn't be forced to share the info they shouldn't be allowed to prevent others from publishing the protocol either.

To highlight the nature of the patent laws... as far as I am aware, there is no legal way for me to play dvds (the fault of RIAA not MS) or windows media formated files on free linux. Fortunately there is the Penguin Liberation Front to keep my OS functional. As an aside...there is also no legal way to use an Ipod for playing music in NZ you only have an assurance from the music industry that they wont prosecute you... unless they consider you have done wrong.

Previous MS anti competitive behaviour...
Trying to "extend" java so that java software developed (using MS products) would only work on microsoft products.
Disregarding the CSS standard (even though they helped create it) causing incompatibilities between web browsers. This meant that if you developed a website for IE it would most likely display incorrectly in other browsers (if they were standards compliant).

Feel like doing a PR Mark?

Mitch's picture

I'll try and find an address at the EU Court that I can send it to Smiling

I'm no fan of their OS products

Lance's picture

but I really object to the relentless persecution of Microsoft for, essentially, being good at business.
While it is tempting to cheer Microsoft on from a capitalist standpoint,if this happened:
And I have this fantasy, come daydream, that Bill Gates will hold a press conference and announce the demise of Microsoft forthwith: no new products, no support for existing ones, they are simply going to disappear: and then see what the world looks like.
Well I think the world would cope, Microsoft, in the area of OS creativity and innovation, are an unexciting company. Windows is clunky, bloated and nasty. Good riddance to bad rubbish.

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