[clug-talk] Microsoft to Sue linux users
maillist at digital-adrenaline.com
Wed Dec 1 08:54:06 PST 2004
> > Hey, don't blame the guy, laws of the jungle, the strongest survives.
> > While it sounds uncaring, it's just a fact of life.
> Ah. So what are all these cop cars all over the place if this is a
> jungle? Since this is a jungle, it must be alright for me to jump you
> as you're leaving work tonight and steal your car. Heck, I'll have your
> wallet too, thanks. Go ahead, try to stop me. It's a jungle after all.
> This is not a jungle. This is civilization, and the civilized live by
> certain laws, rules, ethical codes and a sense of morality. "Take
> what you can get if you can get away with it," is not one of those.
> Unfortunately, that appears to be the way Gates and Microsoft work.
> Why anyone puts up with it, I don't know, but your statements above
> suggest the reason.
> "All's fair in love and war" does not mean "All's fair everywhere."
> It means love and war are _exceptions_ to the rule, and the rule is
> _civilized conduct, please_.
Like Enron, Arthur Anderson, Worldcom, etc. Closer to home, there's
Visualabs and Bre-X. Air Canada certainly wants WestJet added to that list.
And, of course, there's SCO.
Even look at what happened at SGI a few years back. The were basically
killed, because Microsoft more or less paid off an executive to make sure
they didn't become competition. That's not Microsoft's fault, it's the
Or the RIAA. Convicted of price fixing, they sue consumers for stealing.
This isn't new, and it isn't about to end. World religions all discuss this
at length, but as people move into an increasingly secularized view, there is
less incentive to think in any other way.
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