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Torvalds' Hatred of Microsoft Critics is a Disease

Apparently, that melodramatic proclaimer of outrageously twisted opinion, Linus Torvalds, thinks anyone who criticises Microsoft for their unethical (and even criminal) behaviour, is suffering some kind of "disease" (although he fails to specify). I, however, will specify the disease that fuels Torvalds' hatred of Microsoft critics ... it's called "pragmatism".

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Globalisation Institute: Unbundling Microsoft Windows

Globalisation Institute

Policy Briefing

Unbundling Microsoft Windows
by Alex Singleton

Neelie Kroes, the European Commissioner for Competition, has suggested that in a competitive market there should be "a significant drop in market share" for Microsoft Windows, highlighting her frustration that the operating system market does not seem to foster competitive spirits. "Recent years have certainly seen innovation in high technology markets," Ms Kroes says, "but largely in areas that Microsoft does not control."

Thus far, the Commission has concentrated its antitrust action on Microsoft's server products and on the bundling of Windows Media Player with Windows. The Commission's success on 17 September 2007 in the European Court of First Instance, which upheld its antitrust action against Microsoft, will embolden the Commission's resolve on competition matters.

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Intellectual Monopoly: The Origin of the Pieces

The Myth Of Original Creators | Techdirt

The "Right" to Own Knowledge
by Slated - Jul 13th, 2009 @ 9:12pm

@Anonymous Coward - Jul 4th, 2009 @ 3:22pm

Reed: "There are no original works made by individuals in a vacuum is my point. This does go against the way you define "original" because it does not really exist in my mind."

Anonymous Coward: "This is a really amazingly extreme viewpoint to me"

I'm sure.

Equally, it could be argued that your viewpoint is extreme, since it supports the notion that originality is defined as mere contribution to accreted works, and thus justifies exclusive ownership and control by those new contributors, denying both attribution and right of access (and/or other rights) to earlier contributors.

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Intellectual Monopolists Revoke Your "Right to Read Out Loud"

New Kindle Audio Feature Causes a Stir -

"They don't have the right to read a book out loud," said Paul Aiken, executive director of the Authors Guild.

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