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Re: DOJ Reply, More than IE
Foreigners don't vote in the USA, I agree, yet the DOJ is not
insensitive to international affairs.
When foreigners indicate how Microsoft creates information security
risks at both hardware and software levels, making it easy for organized
crime and international crime syndicates to gain access to e.g. banking
services and financial services online or the telecommunications
infrastructure for moneylaundering and other practices, things become
hairy and the DOJ becomes sensitive.
I know, I am from Aruba, I have a web site which is frequented by more
visitors from Slowakia, the Czech Republic and former Soviet
territories/republics than I feel comfortable with, just because the
site is full commerce and industry oriented.
In countries like Aruba, and believe me there are many other countries
ou there just like it, Microsoft rules supreme. So technologies based on
Microsoft platforms rule supreme. So security risks linked to Microsoft
platforms rule supreme. So foreign issues creaing national security
risks for the USA rule supreme.
I know what I am talking about, I have dealt with these issues in Aruba
I know the USA is the leading, if only SUPERPOWER in the world, yet that
does not entitle the USA to become complacent. On the contrary it has a
responsibility towards the US electorate and in a non-legal sense over
It is a regrettable US idiosyncracy to neglect the outside world, and
think everything will fall into place all by itself.
So neglect the rest of the world. Next thing you know Microsoft is
running its entire show from abroad, while in full compliance with
whatever the DOJ might rule in the States.
Yet the DOJ does not have any jurisdiction oustide the USA. Want to have
Microsoft run the rest of the world first and then annex the USA?
What do you think Teledesic is all about and did you for one think that
the satellite launch facility (located NOT IN THE USA) for the Teledesic
satellites will not provide services to third parties?
Foreigners don't vote in the USA. But they can certainly embarass the US
government by pointing out severe flaws in international policies and
national jurisdiction which have desastrous effects on the US economy.
Do you know which company is one of the driving forces in getting the
European Monetary Union and all of the electronic and software
technologies ready for global commerce and financial services using
smart card card technologies, in which scenario the dollar will receive
stiff competition from the EURO currency?
The US are lagging behind in investments in Latin America, trailing the
So foreigners don't vote in the USA. Yeah right.
But they do react to foreign input. And the issues at hand are
international in scope.
Forget the legalese. Look beyond the ruling in its strict sense.
What is at stake is not as much if the US DOJ should restrict Microsoft
on its home turf, as send a clear signal that will also be heard abroad.
Killing Microsoft only on its home turf is like taking out only one
enemy combat unit and calling the war won because the enemy has been
James F. Marshall wrote:
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> >The DOJ will be very sensitive to FOREIGN input.
> Nonsense. Foreigners don't vote in the U.S.A.
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