W. Gates, KBE

Charles Curley charlescurley at charlescurley.com
Wed Mar 2 13:15:41 MST 2005

On Wed, Mar 02, 2005 at 01:05:02PM -0700, Loren Chandler wrote:
> http://www.usatoday.com/money/industries/technology/2005-03-01-sir-bill-
> usat_x.htm
> I love it:
> ================
> Straw's statement notwithstanding, critics say, Microsoft's impact has
> not been uniformly positive. The European Commission last March ruled
> Microsoft used illegal monopolistic practices to extend its flagship
> Windows desktop operating system into the computer server and media
> player markets.
> "Being a convicted monopolist apparently doesn't keep you from getting
> knighted," says Linux consultant and advocate Bruce Perens. "I suppose
> monarchy and monopoly go well together."
> ================

So, where is Guy Fawkes when you need him?

On the other tentacle, recall that it was Charles II who first
insisted that the Royal Mail have a monopoly, so that he could read
his nobles' mail. Give what happened to his father, one can
sympathize. So maybe EIIR wants to read Bill's email?


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