Sorry for the volume of posts, but I am absolutely full of righteous indignation this morning and it seems like almost everything I've read on the WWW today ought to be completely offensive to the entire human race. In this latest example, Microsoft proves that it has been entrenched in a monopolistic mindset for so long that it can't even remember _how_ to play its hand in a poker game that isn't fixed. http://news.cnet.com/news/0-1003-200-2049672.html Some lowlights: ================= "Whatever you think about Microsoft, pro or con...the stakes are pretty high for the industry," said Evan Cox from San Francisco law firm Covington & Burling, which represents Microsoft. "What's left after this case is legal rules that apply to everybody: tie-in rules, monopoly rules, having courts make decisions about what is an efficient or allowable integration and then supervise the companies that aren't." ...... He said the government's insistence that Microsoft illegally bundled its Internet browser with its operating system means PC makers can't bundle popular products such as sound cards, graphics cards and modems, which have become standard features on the most affordable PCs. He also said the breakup would kill key initiatives-most notably the Java virtual machine and PocketPC. Microsoft executives have touted the handheld device as a strategic product that helps the computing industry move beyond the desktop and into everyday appliances. "The PocketPC initiative pretty much comes to an end because the operating system and Pocket applications are put in separate companies," Cox said. "Microsoft put the time and money into the two of those because they were hoping to build a market for that package. If you delink the operating system and apps, you have the classic chicken and egg system: Do you put a lot of effort into the operating system if you don't know if people will demand the apps? Do you put a lot of effort into the apps because you don't know the demand for the operating system?" ================= Cox immediately caught himself, noting that "Um..oh...whoops, that's that whole 'competition' thing again, huh?" Those few PC Data luncheon attendees who were not hopelessly mired in FUD immediately rushed the stage and stabbed Cox to death with the stupid flat stylii from their color-blind HP Jornada PocketPCs. TVB ====================================================================== Observation attributed to Prof. Robert Wilensky of the University of California at Berkeley: "We've all heard that a million monkeys banging on a million typewriters will eventually reproduce the works of Shakespeare. Now, thanks to the Internet, we know this is not true."