Re: POL: Reaction to Microsoft Ruling

From: Zero Powers (
Date: Mon Apr 10 2000 - 05:52:23 MDT

>In a message dated 4/9/00 7:00:02 PM Central Daylight Time,
> > often wondered what would happen if
> > Bill Gates moved his headquarters and his jobs out of the US and into
> >
> > of a number of countries where he would be welcomed with open arms.
>I wonder why he doesn't?....maybe the cayman islands...or the
>bahama's....hardship locations like that....
>He'd own the place...the locals would love it...his employees would love
>it...what would be the downside?....except for janet reno i mean?

Running away would not have much benefit for MS. The great majority of MS
customers are in the US. Therefore, their business is going to have a
substantial effect on commerce in the US and they would still be subject to
the Sherman Act:

Of course if they moved to some developing country they could fire all their
high paid American workers and train and hire the poor locals and not have
to be bothered with such annoyances as the US minimum wage law and organized
labor. But I'm sure that would be PR disaster for them. That would
probably be the best thing in the world for Linux and Apple.


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--Thomas Jefferson

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