J Thompson,Classifying intellectual property infringement as
"theft" is actually a VERY modern practice, especially in the United
States. Nowhere in the Bible, or Book of Mormon, is the concept of intellectual
property as a right and possession even implied. The United States was even a
massive violator of intellectual property rights throughout most of the 19th and
early 20th centuries, especially of British intellectual property.Anti-trust laws are also an extremely new concept. The pre-20th century world
is dominated by trade guilds, trade companies with monopolistic mandates, and
other oligarchies. In fact, many of these had a religious mandate.Also, you keep saying "Microsoft" when you refer to divine judgement.
Does God acknowledge the personhood of corporations like the United States
Supreme Court does? Or are you implying that individuals will be judged for
these businesses actions? If so, who? Only the Board of Directors, CEOs, COOs,
VPs, etc.? Or middle-management as well? Or every employee?Show me
the Bible or Book of Mormon passage that mandates competitive trade
practices.And as far as "bearing false witness", prove it.
Otherwise you're the one "bearing false witness".
I had close friends working on Word Perfect at the time. All through the
development cycle of Word Perfect we were communicating about the shenanigans of
Microsoft that were holding up their coding. I never thought it would come to a
lawsuit and when it did I though for sure it would be a slam dunk. I can't
believe Microsoft won out. Guess it's all in how good your attorneys are,
and Microsoft has had lots of practice.
Microsoft has always been known for it's lack of integrity.
Not at all a travesty. The jury although hung does demonstrate the majority of
opinion about this Utah based Novell scam. Utah is the scam capital of the world
and it is standard operation procedures for business licensed in Utah.
Novell's loses were attempted corporate sabotage to steal Microsoft
codes.According to testimony, Novell was delaying and stalling Bill
Gates and Microsoft to sabotage Microsoft donated codes and information to
create it own codes and destroy the Microsoft corporation. Gates could see
through the veil of deception Novell was doing so he pulled the plug and his
codes from Novell.Microsoft had every right to protect its property
from sabotage by Novell. Microsoft did do it better and why it has maintained
its status as a better program for consumers and business. I also think Bill
Gates and his Microsoft company did a lot to keep the cost of computer
reasonable. Look at IBM Monopoly and its high cost company, Novell's
intention was similar greedy monopoly.We should thank Bill Gates for
stopping the real monopoly's from taking place. We need more businessmen
who put consumers and users above greedy corporate profiteering.
Mukkake,Did God say anything about stealing? Did He say something
about bearing false witness? What we become is the result of a lifetime of
"doing". What we "do" shapes our character. Yes, I do believe
that there are eternal consequences, not for the accusation of cheating someone,
but for the path that we chose to follow and the pains and hurt that we caused
along the way.Look at history. Look at Microsoft's dealings
with Tim Paterson, the real author of DOS. Look at Microsoft's dealings
with Borland, with Novell, with Gary Kildall, with IBM and OS/2, with Apple.
Look at virtually every name in software and see what happened when Microsoft
offered them a "deal". The tracks are clear. What they "did"
shows us their character. The judge who knows our intentions as well as our
actions will take everything into account and then render a perfect judgement
where all will be satisfied. A billion dollars will seem like chump change. (Do
you remember the parable of Lazarus and the rich man?)
J Thompson:[There are other courts. When the final court rules, the
penalty will be much stiffer than a mere billion dollars. Decisions have eternal
consequences.]Are you seriously implying that God takes any interest
in computer operating system business decisions?Eternal damnation
for making Word boot quicker than WordPerfect... Will he punish Apple's
executives for forcing people to use its horrible iTunes bloatware as well?
What a travesty. Perhaps the prosecution failed to prove its case, but anyone
who has been in the computer business since the days of the Altair, as I have
been, know exactly what Microsoft has done. One case in point. When DR-DOS was
released, Microsoft purposefully wrote code to force users to buy MS-DOS if they
wanted to us the first version of Windows. Novell won that suit, but all of us
users, who had purchased the far superior DR-DOS didn't get a nickel.Those who used WordPerfect and Microsoft Word soon realized that
Microsoft was playing games with the Windows operating system. They had
"hooks" incorporated into Windows, making it appear that Word
"booted" much quicker than WordPerfect. Most users also noted that
those "non-existent" hooks gave much quicker response times for Word
than for WordPerfect. Microsoft denied doing that, but anyone who has written
operating system code knows that just because you say something, doesn't
make their denial true.There are other courts. When the final court
rules, the penalty will be much stiffer than a mere billion dollars. Decisions
have eternal consequences.