InformationWeek Lets Microsoft’s Bill Hilf Try To Scare You.. Yeah. Right.

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| Really, the best model that would work best for the software business, would
| be to get rid of software patents. It’s that simple. Oh, sorry, but that
| would take away a MAJOR method of threatening everything else which isn’t
| part of the “Microsoft Stack”, wouldn’t it.
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http://hackfud.net/2007/11/18/inform...ou-yeah-right/

Pastor in Microsoft 'gay rights' share bid

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| A black conservative Christian pastor of an evangelical megachurch has vowed
| to take over Microsoft by packing it with new shareholders who will vote
| against the company's policy of championing gay rights.
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http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/main.../wmicro116.xml

As absurd as it is, among some of the American community this will be bad
publicity for Microsoft (a scapegoat in this case).


Related:

Patent logic

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| Can one argue with this logic? The short answer is, yes. The sceptics
| say there is no scientific evidence that proves a link between
| innovation and patents. Besides, extended patent periods provide
| an opportunity for rent-seeking (through royalties). Also, while
| it has been argued that patents facilitate competition by
| encouraging the entry of start-ups, the critics opine that they
| mostly create short- or long-term monopolies.
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| [...]
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| In India, Linux is already making an inroad into "mission-critical"
| applications, especially in states like Andhra Pradesh, Kerala and
| Maharashtra. Meanwhile, IT majors like IBM (the world's largest
| holder of patents) and Sun Microsystems are doing a major rethink
| on patents and homing in on open-source technologies.
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http://www.business-standard.com/opi...o=287448&tab=r


Gates blackmailed Danish government

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| Microsoft boss Bill Gates threatened to kill 800 Danish jobs if
| Denmark opposed the European Computer Implemented Inventions
| Directive, reports today's Danish financial daily Børsen,
| quoted by NoSoftwarePatents.com.
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http://www.zeropaid.com/news/article.../02162005a.php