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(Excite)   Dead People Rally in Support of Microsoft (repeat)   (news.excite.com) divider line 17
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2001-08-24 10:42:09 AM
Speaking of cool, did you hear that the company that owns slashdot is quitting the open source business and is selling closed source software. Seriously.

http://news.cnet.com/news/0-1003-200-6954900.html?tag=mn_hd
 
2001-08-24 10:57:17 AM
I think it's great that dead people are getting back into active politics, and not in Chicago this time!
 
2001-08-24 10:58:30 AM
"A letter-writing campaign demanding that attorneys general from 18 states drop their legal pursuit of Microsoft Corp. included a pair of pleas from two Utah residents who are dead."

How could they tell?
 
2001-08-24 11:04:07 AM
I submitted this yesterday. How coemmy source didnt get eh credit?
 
2001-08-24 11:46:58 AM
This dust-up has already been thoroughly dissected and dismissed. It's nothing more than a typical grass-roots activism campaign, all of which have somebody writing "sample" letters. Most lazy people simply copy-n-paste the so-called sample letters and send them in verbatim.

This is not evidence of some wide-ranging conspiracy on Microsoft's part. I don't care for their products or business practices either, but once in a while everyone just needs to take a deep breath and gain a little perspective.
 
daz
2001-08-24 11:54:33 AM
Sharv: Penguinistas (Slashdoters, etc) have never been known to worry about pesky things like "facts" or "reality".
 
2001-08-24 12:09:08 PM
I'll let a whole bunch of death people write to microsoft complaining about their new licensing structure.
 
2001-08-24 12:35:48 PM
Microsoft soooooo needs to be broken into little pieces and scattered. I would not mind this so much if Microsoft were calling people and giving "their side of things" but to fund some branch company and give it a name unassociated with your company in order to make it look like they were less aprtial, or maybe impatial, is crap. DIE MICROSOFT!
 
2001-08-24 12:39:48 PM
hehe Let's substitute partial for aprtial and impartial for impatial.
 
2001-08-24 01:53:31 PM
I see dead people! Chandra Levy was behind Gary Condit last night.
 
2001-08-24 01:55:56 PM
Rebbic: It's called lobbying, and everyone does it. Every industry or special interest has a separate entity called "The Center For $special_interest Research", which is nothing more than a mouthpiece for their point of view.

I'm not saying it's right, nor am I defending Microsoft. I'm just trying, quixotically perhaps, to enlighten the world, one tiny step at a time. Sigh.
 
2001-08-24 02:20:57 PM
Further proof that using Micro$haft products is harmful for one's health.

-he who stacks pork
 
2001-08-24 02:54:07 PM
This is not evidence of some wide-ranging conspiracy on Microsoft's part.

I wouldn't be so quick to dismiss, its a fake grassroots movement. Microsoft has donated an unspecified amount of money for these "grassrooters" to launch these letters. Looks a lot like, "here's 20 grand find some friends to sign these and mail them out."
 
2001-08-24 02:55:35 PM
Oh no not Snowball!
 
2001-08-24 06:46:25 PM
It's "Astroturfing" (or faking a "Grass-Roots" movement). Sure many campains use form letters, but they're not usually sent in by the dear departed. Also your "average Joe" usually doesn't get too worked up about the welfare of power hungry mega-corps.
 
2001-08-24 10:58:36 PM
Microsoft spokesman Vivek Varma said competitors are using similar tactics to "mobilize consumers to lobby on their behalf." 1/4 1/4

"1/4 1/4"!?!?!? What the frick is that?? Microsoft's spokesman is speaking in some sort of subliminal code! Sudden compulsion coming on... Aaaaaagggggghhh... must... write... letter supporting... Micronyeaahhhhhhhhh-
 
2001-08-25 11:58:16 PM
Same story, different paper:
http://www.latimes.com/business/la-082301micro.story
 
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