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HOWTO: NOT Protest Against Microsoft Corruption

Impulsive != effective

The Hungarian egg thrower, whom we mentioned earlier, publicly accused Microsoft of corruption. but he did something which we do not endorse. We have stated this openly more than once before and it's worth repeating this remark about exclusion in this separate new post.



We really, truly, persistently and humbly need to expose Microsoft's corruption not with eggs but with concrete evidence and proof. Most people know nothing about Microsoft except what they find in the paper and their PC. An egg won't be an eye-opener to them. One bit of evidence which was brought up a little while ago is this one from 2007:

Microsoft Office raid in Hungary



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“Such behavior could lead to the exclusion of competitive products from the market and violate European Union rules, according to the authority known as the GVH."


This one is particularly relevant because it is from Hungary, but you can find similar examples here, here and maybe here as well. It's very partial because there's a whole sea of recent stories and the main problem is that authorities are not sufficiently responsive.

“You know what they say: that who is corrupt is unlikely to reprimand the corrupt.”In other words, some officials permit Microsoft to operate as though it's above the law, so it hardly ever gets punished (unless it 'kills' a multi-million-dollar company that can afford years in court). You know what they say: that who is corrupt is unlikely to reprimand the corrupt.

In summary, the egg-throwing routine was lame. A more effective response to Steve Ballmer would to expose Ballmer's corruptions and the sort of mafia techniques that we've lately found in his aggressive war against Yahoo's board. We should really focus on such things. Not on their personal lives, but on their business practices. There's a lot more that we haven't the time or capacity to cover here. Readers can help.

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