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Re: Herritage Foundation Piece
In its own way, the Heritage Foundation piece is
a kind of perfection: it is perfectly loony. Here
is a sample:
The Department of Justice's move
against Microsoft represents
arrogant industrial planning of an
industry that exhibits remarkable
growth and entrepreneurialism
"Arrogant industrial planning"? What are these
guys smoking? It seems to me that they should do
the country a service and get back to selling useless
things that don't harm people, like soda pop or something.
They should have lived forty years ago, when red-baiting
If you have been following this list you know that
"remarkable growth and optimism" characterized the
PC industry well before Microsoft came into the picture.
And that "growth and optimism" existed in the Internet
community well before Microsoft came into the picture there.
In fact, the number of people on the web was growing
exponentially in 1994 based on shared, open standards like
Forgive me for repeating this, but Microsoft is not responsible
for the wonderful opportunities we have on the Internet any
more than they are responsible for PC software, WYSIWYG
editing, or spreadsheets. The Internet represents a huge investment
of public funds in Internet reseach. It exists because of
the work smart people did well before Microsoft even became
involved. It exists in spite of Microsoft,. which was promoting
its own network in 1994, which was MSN.
Now Microsoft is positioning itself to reap the profits, the incredible
profits, that will result from the power and popularity of the Internet.
Just how stupid do they think the people who funded this research are?
Somebody should tell them that we're not all as stupid as their Heritage
PS. There is a bridge in Brooklyn I think the Heritage Foundation
may like to purchase. I would happy to sell it to them.
Mark Hinds wrote:
> Here's some anti-anti-MS stuff
> It's actually quite irritating (consider the source) and may need some
> BTW, I've seen a couple of books on preparing for the MCSE at Costco
> (wherehouse store) right next to 'Astro Physics for Dummies' :-)