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I read on Bloomberg's site just now,
an article that "Microsoft's Request for Extended Court
Hearing Opposed by U.S."
What I found unbelievable to me, is the apparent audacity
and shameless gall demonstrated by this company and it
representatives. Specifically, the articles quotes a
"top Microsoft executive, Jim Allchin" as saying in an
``I don't understand how (Internet Explorer) is
going to win,'' Allchin's memo said. ``The current
path is simply to copy everything that Netscape
does packaging and product wise . . . My conclusion
is that we must leverage Windows more.''
and the article then adds that, "Microsoft insists that
it's done nothing wrong because Internet Explorer is
[allegedly -jb] an integral part of the Windows 95 software,
and not a separate product."
Are not these two statements contradictory?
The final amazing statement is when the article states,
"The Justice Department, Microsoft has said, knew about its
plans to integrate an Internet browser into the Windows software
even before it negotiated the earlier settlement."
Pray, how might the DOJ have known about Microsoft's alleged
intent to integrate an Internet browser into the Windows
software before the current settlement was entered into?
When -was- this negotiation begun? Nonetheless, this seems
outrageously far fetched. I am in slack-jawed amazement
at what these people are offering in their defense. I will
be sorely disappointed if any of this is deemed anything
other than a shameless, weak attempt to justify their
hand in the cookie jar after agreeing not to do so further.
I believe it will portend a darker future for the industry
and the consumer if the result of this DOJ proposed action
is handled as ineffectively as the one in which it now finds
itself in defense of.
"You are not free because you CAN choose, only if you DO choose."
"Everything you are is the decisions you make. If you allow circumstances
to make them for you, then what you are becomes very easy to estimate."