Amen, #57. #53 is scrooooooed up. I can't believe nobody taught him that fascism is a social ideology and communism is a economic ideology. I can't believe he lumped them together.
Anyway, reading through all these comments....here's some points that popped into my head:
1) Microsoft products are not superior. They are poorly programmed, filled with cruft (extraneous material), slow, ponderous, and generally bad quality. I know this because I have tried alternative OS's and they behave a lot better.
2) Microsoft did not get rich becuase Bill Gates is a programming genius who wrote this great software that makes everyone's life so much better. Microsoft got rich because Bill Gates is a MARKETING GENIUS who understands the concepts of MINDSHARE. In other words, he knows how to manufacture the need for his products. People don't need a new version of windoze every 2 years, but by golly, he makes them "need" it. Microsoft is everyone. It has captured the majority of public mindshare. Who cares about market share (although they've got plenty of that too) all that matters is that, when Joe Normal thinks computers, he thinks "microsoft".
4) Microsoft is a corporation. This means that it has A) just as much / many rights and protections as any single person living in the USA (freedom of speech, assembly, privacy, etc) and B) all the benefits of a corporation.
Let me say that again. Being a corporation has no drawbacks in America. Corporations were originally formed to be a seperate tax entity and therefore protect their owners from certain things: now that they have just as many righst as any person, they are virtually unstoppable. Look at Nike, McDonalds, Phillip Morris, Coca-Cola, etc etc. They rule America, not Dubya.
So, this non-breakup news truly sucks. I'm off to the greener pastures of BeOS, Solaris, and Linux. So what if I can't play games-- I don't give a fvck. Some people have to start making sacrifices if we're ever going to become a more enlightened nation.