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Required Reading from TMF TeeTime:

As a shareholder, the thing I like best about HailStorm is Microsoft's revenue approach. I'll let the press release explain, "rather than risk the user-centric model by having advertisers pay for them, the people receiving the value -- end users -- will be the primary source of revenue. HailStorm will help move the Internet to end-user
subscriptions in which users pay for value received.


http://www.fool.com/portfolios/rulemaker/2001/rulemaker010411.htm

TeeTime, however does not seem to give a rat's rectum about issues that concern all of us, such as who ultimately controls the data. Nor does he address the concerns that MS will attempt to make parts of the internet totally inaccesible to Linux, Apple, etc etc users. Do you trust MS to handle all your personal data?

Or how about this TeeTime?

Passport's terms of use say, in small part:

This agreement is governed by the laws of the State of Washington,U.S.A. You hereby irrevocably consent to the exclusive jurisdiction and venue of courts in King County, Washington, U.S.A. in all disputes arising out of or relating to the use of the Passport Web Site or service. Use of the Passport Web Site and service is unauthorized in any jurisdiction that does not give effect to all provisions of these terms and conditions, including without limitation this paragraph.

(The above passage is under "general" in Passport's 2,212-word terms-of-use agreement, for those of you actually checking my accuracy.)

What's that mean? Basically, if you want to sue Microsoft because its self-proclaimed "powerful online security technology" allowed some script kiddie in a formerly communist country to access your credit card number, or Microsoft wants to sue you for misusing the service, you have to play ball on Microsoft's home turf.

(You Passport fans in Australia or Luxembourg or south Florida, for that matter, may want to think about that scenario before you sign up.)
http://www.newsforge.com/article.pl?sid=01/04/26/1345252&mode=nocomment

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And then there is the following little validation thing:

In a distributed model, it is the user and not the hardware that needs to be validated, so user authentication becomes the core attribute -- not "Is this software licensed to run on this machine?" but "Is this software licensed to run for this user?" To accomplish this requires a system that first validates users, and then maintains a list of attributes in order to determine what they are and are not allowed to do within the system.
http://www.openp2p.com/pub/a/p2p/2001/05/30/hailstorm.html

I dunno about you but I feel valid everytime I wake up in the morning with ni help from MS.

People wonder why some people thing MS should be busted up. Why not let them get a U-Haul, pack up Dubya's things and let Bill move in? Ballmer can be the 1st lady.

Why not....they are writing their own laws now anyway?

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Rulebreaker -

People are seeing choices. And it's no longer the crazy ones, misfits, rebels, troublemakers, no longer just the round pegs in the square holes.

http://boards.fool.com/Message.asp?mid=15117174

milleniumfalcon
You can find me on the Apple board
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TeeTime, however does not seem to give a rat's rectum about issues that concern all of us, such as who ultimately controls the data. Nor does he address the concerns that MS will attempt to make parts of the internet totally inaccesible to Linux, Apple, etc etc users. Do you trust MS to handle all your personal data?


It concerns me - a lot - but it is in fact also the reason why I just bought shares in MSFT. I don't like it but I learned last time that it can sometimes be worth investing in things that I don't like. More to rhe point MSFT has cracked the piracy problem with Hailstorm because it doesn't work properly unless you register and are connected to MSFT. Also (and rather unnoticed) MSFT and Nortel announced that Nortel would provide the server load balancing kit required for .NET . If .NET goes well then this endorsement will hurt another rule maker - Cisco

What think you of Open Source? Its the one obvious threat I can see to MSFT especially as we move back to dumber terminals and smarter servers.

DD
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It concerns me - a lot - but it is in fact also the reason why I just bought shares in MSFT. I don't like it but I learned last time that it can sometimes be worth investing in things that I don't like.

Hmmmmm ... sacrifice your rights, freedom, and the availability of good software - just to make a few dollars?

Sheesh. It's easy to make money without being unethical.

WHy choose the most corrupt methods? They might work in the short-term, but it will lead to massive retaliation.
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Hmmmmm ... sacrifice your rights, freedom, and the availability of good software - just to make a few dollars?


I'm not sacrificing my rights etc. I plan to stick with all the stuff I currently use and avoid the Microsnot stuff wherever possible. Indeed if you search back you'll see that I have often posted articles critical of Microsnot.

But Microsoft looks like it will succeed with Hailstorm and friends no matter what I do so I might as well make money on the deal. There's no point in being poor as well as deficient in rights, freedoms etc.


WHy choose the most corrupt methods? They might work in the short-term, but it will lead to massive retaliation.


Like the DoJ case? yeah massive retaliation

DD
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