quote: Life cannot exist without Microsoft
quote: Frankly, if the ungodly number of Linux distros would band together and create one all encompasing distro
quote: I smell another EC lawsuit on the horizon already.
quote: Yes, in the current system, that would be the surest way to compete with Microsoft in the short term. But it is fundamentally incompatible with the open source model, where we are all "free to fork".
quote: as being more beneficial if the EU would simply pick a Linux Distro and funnel money into it,
quote: Without Europe, where would economists look to for a constant reminder of why socialism and government-dominated economies are a bad idea?!
quote: they just need to encourage more people to become doctors!
quote: Healthcare systems that are nearly pure socialist (U.K) are the worst.
quote: Fully private systems such as the US are better still.
quote: elective orthopedic operation, could I have it done state funded?
quote: Health development is directed by the ethical principle of equity: Access to life-saving or health-promoting interventions should not be denied for unfair reasons, including those with economic or social roots
quote: In the US my understanding (and correct me if I'm wrong) is that if you have health insurance you're OK, but anyone who hasn't better not got sick - 'cos the government doesn't care.
quote: Socialism gets a bad wrap because of the problems with Russia back during the 1900's.
quote: It is a good system when it is not a totally socialistic society that tries to tell people what they can and cannot do with their own lives as long as they are not physically hurting someone else, and only steps in in the most egregious cases, like with the health care problem in the United States today that could be solved with government-mandated health care.
quote: Dam the EC for trying to provide a free market and competition, dam them to hell!
quote: Every "add on" program in Windows is free, and does not lock you out from installing programs of your choice. In fact, you can choose not to install them if you want.
quote: Your last sentence is completely crap, the average working hours in Europe is closer to 40h than to 30h, the paid vacations are more like 5, and the 18 months for a surgery I sure don't know where you dig that...
quote: Microsoft is actually one of your better exports, compared to a global obesity epidemic and constant hourly updates on Britney Spears...
quote: Airbus receives no less funding that Boeing
quote: actually I can't think of a single US company that is really making products wished by Europeans besides Apple.
quote: There is an understandable American bias to this site but sometimes it can go a bit too far (you can almost hear the chants of USA USA USA sometimes) to the extent that some would defend anything and anyone as long as they were American, no matter how they behave(d).
quote: Consumers around the world benefit from the EC's decisions and they don't just investigate non EU firms as the tiny little paragraph at the end of the article points out.
quote: Certain markets benefit more by having fewer choices. This happens naturally over time as the market can only handle so many different competitors before they start to consolidate to what the market will accept.
quote: There are clear advantages to having these things included...which is why people keep buying Windows hand over fist.
quote: There are plenty of alternatives....and it isn't Microsoft's fault they're not as practical to use as Windows.
quote: There isn't a problem. Good software like Firefox, iTunes, Quicktime, Winamp, and more have successfully got into the market by having good solid products.
quote: MS gives consumers all the choice they need. Buy their product, or buy someone elses.
quote: Firefox is up to a 30% market share in Europe, despite competing against a bundled alternative. So what's the problem?
quote: I just hope the EC doesn't make the same mistake it did with the media player and let MS get away with offering a media player less OS for the SAME PRICE as the one with it. A sly move by MS, and a loop hole I hope the EC doesn't allow this time around.
quote: It is in no way a question of personal bias but about controlling monopolies
quote: This Decision found that Microsoft had abused its dominant position....by refusing to supply competitors in the work group server operating system market...
quote: The European Commission has ensured that Microsoft will now take the necessary steps to comply with its obligations under the Commission’s 2004 Decision regarding work group server operating systems ...
quote: By the end of the Commission's investigation, Microsoft had achieved a dominant position in the workgroup server operating systems market with over 60% of that market
quote: Even when intended as a slur
quote: Oops, reread that article, that was someone else.
quote: "redneck" isn't a racial slur.
quote: Redneck Whites Previously referred only to the rural prejudice whites, mostly farmers, who have reddish necks (or a "farmer's tan"). However, its usage has become a lot looser and now includes any racist white.
quote: A large percentage of the time, it's not even a slur at all.
quote: often used as a matter of pride.
quote: it's being applied to their behavior and/or thought processes, not the color of their skin.
quote: you're completely ignoring the fact the term has a wholly nonderogatory usage, and is, in fact, often used as a matter of pride
quote: stupid redneck American
quote: Right... and the US is corruption free...did you hear about these C-130 stacked with millions of dollars that dissapear on the way to Iraq?
quote: Or the recent arms deal with Saudi Arabia, most of 9/11 terrorists were from that country...
quote: 'Iraq's Missing Billions' (UK TV Documentary)
quote: 'House Panel Questions Monitoring of Cash Shipped to Iraq'
quote: 'Cronyism and Kickbacks'
quote: Neither of these are what I would consider credible. The guardian didn't even really have much other than the"poor suffering masses that are so deprived".
quote: Other than poor security on the part of the Army to properly ship it and account for it, there isn't much here.
quote: Your definition of credibility is itself, therefore, not credible. The facts within the documentary are all on recordand easily researched.
quote: and examine the facts before passing judgement
quote: The BBC has failed to promote proper debate on major political issues because of the inherent liberal culture of its staff , a report commissioned by the corporation has concluded...
quote: We have been supply Saudi Arabia with weaponry for decades, this is nothing new. It's also going to provide money to the defense manufacturers which right now are quite good for the economy.
quote: Regarding the UN, who did create the UN? Where is the UN building HQ located?
quote: did you hear about these C-130 stacked with millions of dollars that dissapear on the way to Iraq?
quote: did you hear about these C-130 stacked with millions of dollars that dissapear on the way to Iraq
quote: On a related note, what about those terrorists rounded up in Britain before they were able to fly, and destroy, multiple trans-atlantic flights?
quote: I strongly suspect your "around the world" is your own little corner of Europe, as PSA has very weak sales outside that continent.
quote: The EU overtaking the US economically isn't surprising.
quote: Not to mention the US's superior long term growth prospects.
quote: But congratulations to the EU, a huge conglomeration of nations with significantly more population, for finally catching part of the way up.