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Thursday, February 28, 2008

Democracy beats Capitalism

EU fines Microsoft record $1.4bn
Microsoft must now pay a record 899m euros ($1.4bn; £680.9m) after it failed to comply with a 2004 ruling that it abused its position. The ruling said that Microsoft was guilty of not providing key code to rival software makers. EU regulators said the firm was the first to break an EU anti-trust ruling. The fines come on top of earlier fines of 280m euros imposed in July 2006, and of 497m euros in March 2004. "Microsoft was the first company in 50 years of EU competition policy that the Commission has had to fine for failure to comply with an antitrust decision," Competition Commissioner Neelie Kroes said in a statement.

Since World War 2, there have been three mammoth struggles, Capitalism, Communism and Democracy all joined forces to fight and defeat Fascism (only after the Capitalists, Communists and Democrats realized that they couldn’t cut deals with the Fascists it must be pointed out) since that defeat, Capitalism and Democracy faced off against Communism, which died with the collapse of the Berlin Wall, since then Capitalism has worked very hard to buy Democracy out so that they can rule comfortably ever after, this ruling by the EU is a major victory for the forces of Democracy against the forces of Capitalism, it is a shock reminder to Capitalists that they can’t just buy out the system and that the rules apply to everyone, even the rich.


At 29/2/08 9:58 am, Anonymous Anonymous said...

More Microshaft:

"Microsoft is currently facing a class-action suit over its designation of allegedly under-powered hardware as being 'Vista Capable.' The discovery process of that lawsuit has now compelled Microsoft to produce some internal emails discussing those issues. The Seattle Post-Intelligencer has published extracts of some of those emails, along with a link to a a PDF file containing a more extensive email exchange. The emails reflect a lot of frustration among senior Microsoft personnel about Vista's performance problems and hardware incompatibilities. They also appear to indicate that Microsoft lowered the hardware requirements for 'Vista Capable' in order to include certain lower-end Intel chipsets, apparently as a favor to Intel: 'In the end, we lowered the requirement to help Intel make their quarterly earnings so they could continue to sell motherboards with 915 graphics embedded.' Read the whole PDF; it is informative, interesting, and at times (unintentionally) funny."



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