Wednesday, December 12, 2001

All your bits are belong to us Microsoft does not see itself as a monopolist because the desktop computer is just one small part of where data resides, and Microsoft wants to control all data. Microsoft has patented digital rights management at the operating system layer, which means no one can produce digital rights management OSes if Redmond doesn't want them too. Moreover, under the DoJ "settlement", Microsoft is protected from ever having to disclose information about it's operating system pertaining to digital rights management. Ooops--that would be the whole operating system now. Finally, under the Microsoft backed SSSCA, NOT having digital rights management built into the hardware and OS layer is illegal. So you can't run GNU/Linux, or anything that isn't Microsoft, even if you want. Please write to the DoJ. (To:, Subject: Microsoft Settlement)


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