My predictable, pointless addition to the predictable, pointless MSFT debate (was: "RE: Article: Document or else")

Subject: My predictable, pointless addition to the predictable, pointless MSFT debate (was: "RE: Article: Document or else")
From: "Andrew Warren" <awarren -at- synaptics -dot- com>
To: "List,Techwriter" <techwr-l -at- lists -dot- techwr-l -dot- com>
Date: Thu, 6 Jul 2006 16:42:38 -0700

Combs, Richard wrote:

> Gee, Lou, I guess we should all be grateful that people like you (and
> the Eurocrats in Brussels) are so smart that you know exactly how the
> world should work. ....
> Katie, thank you very much for your wonderful remarks:
> > If people don't like proprietary file formats, then they
> > should choose a tool that doesn't use them. Don't legislate
> > how people should make things. Especially since industry changes
> > a heck of a lot faster than government does.


You work for Polycom, right? Your company only exists because the US
government forced the Bell System in 1968 to allow non-Bell equipment to
be attached to its lines. That action, like the indictment and eventual
conviction of Microsoft, was necessary precisely to allow consumers the
free choice that you and Katie so adamantly want all of us to have.

The EU isn't threatening Microsoft with a $2.5M/day fine in order to
TAMPER with the free market; the intent is to ALLOW the marketplace to
be free by correcting some of the damage caused by Microsoft's past
criminal behavior. Katie's assertion that "industry changes a heck of a
lot faster than government" is only true if that change isn't being
illegally curtailed by unfair competition: When an illegal monopoly
exists, innovation stalls and change stops.

I couldn't tell from your post whether you were opposed to the idea of
governments prosecuting criminal corporations, or just to the details of
the punishment. If it's the latter, you'll be relieved to know that the
daily fine described by Katie as "highway robbery" isn't even
particularly huge; it's only about half of one percent of Microsoft's
daily revenue. I spend that on cigarettes, and I'm not even a heavy


=== Andrew Warren - awarren -at- synaptics -dot- com
=== Synaptics, Inc - Santa Clara, CA

WebWorks ePublisher Pro for Word features support for every major Help
format plus PDF, HTML and more. Flexible, precise, and efficient content
delivery. Try it today!.

Doc-To-Help includes a one-click RoboHelp project converter. It's that easy. Watch the demo at

You are currently subscribed to TECHWR-L as archive -at- infoinfocus -dot- com -dot-

To unsubscribe send a blank email to
techwr-l-unsubscribe -at- lists -dot- techwr-l -dot- com
or visit

To subscribe, send a blank email to techwr-l-join -at- lists -dot- techwr-l -dot- com

Send administrative questions to lisa -at- techwr-l -dot- com -dot- Visit for more resources and info.

Previous by Author: AW: {*} Tech writing education in the UK?
Next by Author: RE: Include statements on the first printed page?
Previous by Thread: Re: Working Remotely (was: White Paper Editing & Standards Setting)
Next by Thread: Chicago MoS Online At Last

What this post helpful? Share it with friends and colleagues:

Sponsored Ads