Re: what if microsoft disobeyed the breakup?

Date: Sat Jun 10 2000 - 14:04:50 MDT

In a message dated 6/10/00 11:56:14 AM Pacific Daylight Time, writes:

<< The true test of any system of rights is whether it protects the people
 no one likes. If Microsoft can be subjected to arbitrary, senseless (and
 expensive) penalties just because it is unpopular, then so can anyone else
 the public doesn't like. Since I qualify as a member of at least a
 half-dozen unpopular groups, I find that a rather ominous trend.
 Billy Brown >>
For what its worth, I happended to catch the MacNeil Leher reporth other
night and they panelists who were computer industry "experts" seemed to agree
that the break-up was a good idea and that MS would be more valuable then
ever. Included in this "august" group was Jaron Lanier, who was also keen on
this reformation of Gatesville. Now maybe this group just represented
propaganda, but basically I have slowly come to agree that innovation needs
to be promoted, and that clearing the decks at MS might be a good way. We
shall see if crow appears on my menu in a few years.

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