*countable infinities only

Kevin Kofler kevin.kofler at chello.at
Fri Jun 1 16:01:10 UTC 2012


Gregory Maxwell wrote:
> My understanding is that some of the relevant legal minds believe that
> Microsoft's "you can disable it" concession forecloses the possibility
> of a successful legal attack on this— the law may care about the
> anti-competativeness of this stuff, but not so much as to care about a
> $99 signing key or some minor install time hurdle. (and the fact that
> fedora is willing to plan this probably justifies this position).
> 
> It was arguably a strategic error to blow the whistle in advance and
> give Microsoft time to compromise. Their first attempt was much more
> likely to have created a civil cause of action as well as to have run
> afoul on antitrust grounds.   But I can hardly blame anyone for
> trying.  Hindsight 20/20 and all that.

If having the option to disable the crap even if it's enabled by default is 
sufficient to not be anti-competitive, then they would have done just that 
after being sued. So I don't think letting them go the most restrictive 
possible way and then sueing would have been any more effective than what 
actually happened.

        Kevin Kofler



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