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Software Tax deductions
- To: Nader - Microsoft List <firstname.lastname@example.org>
- Subject: Software Tax deductions
- From: "David E. Y. Sarna" <David@ObjectSoftCorp.com>
- Date: Tue, 11 Nov 1997 10:48:58 -0500
- Return-Receipt-To: "David E. Y. Sarna" <David@ObjectSoftCorp.com>
> You should be aware that Bill is making the donation you minimize
> through his foundation , not Microsoft. He buys the stuff from
> Microsoft as well as from other vendors (hardware and communications)
> and takes a deduction only for what he paid. This program has nothing
> to do with Microsoft - the Company.
> In contrast, Microsoft itself is trying to get a hearing in the better
> computer science departments and is making the donations of hardware
> and software to universities that you are criticizing..
> Those of us that live in the real world lament the fact that computer
> science depts produce graduates with very limited skills that are
> often of no practical use in the real world, partly because of
> religious bigotry like yours, and partly due to laziness and
> unwillingness of professors to learn new skills.
> I, for one have pleaded with Microsoft to try and overcome some of
> the blind prejudice and bigotry in academia by helping to train a new
> generation of students who are familiar with - and use - the
> development tools and operating systems of the real world.
> I, for one, applaud their efforts.
> David E. Y. Sarna email@example.com
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> -----Original Message-----
> From: Jordan Pollack [SMTP:firstname.lastname@example.org]
> Sent: Tuesday, November 11, 1997 12:12 AM
> To: Multiple recipients of list
> Subject: Software Tax deductions
> kendall wrote about MS donating software to education:
> >That's about as socially-conscious as heroin dealers
> ``donating'' smack to
> >addicts in the name of good will and charity.
> >Even you won't defend this as altruistic, will you? It's a
> >transparent---even though no mainstream newspaper reporter can
> evidently see
> >through it---ploy to increase the use and familiarity of MS
> products among the
> >younger generation.
> >It makes me ill that the mainstream media in this country can't
> see all of
> >this for what it is. The notion that MS and Bill, personally,
> >socially-conscious because they donate (do they deduct it from
> taxes, I
> >wonder?) MS software to schools is amazing.
> Of course you can call the free apple to each school similarly
> Two things:
> It would make an interesting FOI request to IRS to find out how
> tax relief is available to Software Companies who donate
> software. I
> expect IRS is smart enough to discount it to 69cents/cdrom, but
> CS departments are one of the prime religious training grounds
> unix lovers. Now that Pentium pro's are faster than SGIs, linux
> invading. But rumors are floating in the computer science
> community that
> MS trying to stem the Unix addition in CS professionals by
> HARDWARE - Pentium Pro workstations - to top depts, like
> Berkeley, as
> long as they run NT, not linux.
> No Gates building for my department, ever, after this:)
> Professor Jordan B. Pollack DEMO Laboratory, Volen Center for
> Complex Systems
> Computer Science Dept, MS018 Phone (617) 736-2713/Lab x3366/Fax
> Brandeis University website:
> Waltham, MA 02254 email: email@example.com