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Rant Mode Equals One: M$ Losing Ugly on Kerberos - page 2

Embrace and Extend--Right!

  • May 19, 2000
  • By Paul Ferris

Microsoft likely thinks it can easily undo the damage it has suffered of late. Trust, unfortunately, is one of the hardest things to regain. Microsoft has lost the trust of the majority of the public--and the legal battle that's likely to begin soon over what Slashdot was doing is simply going to drive the stake deeper into the wound.

They might just "win," and Slashdot's Rob Malda might have to remove the evidence from his web site--the evidence that Microsoft was again, begging the moral question of this issue. I'm sure if this happens, there will still be some links pointing to the place where you can still find the information in total.

Likely, Microsoft will have unwittingly funded yet another example of why they need to change. The world is changing around them, and they refuse to see it. Sure, they have a lot of ill-gotten gain in the bank, in the meantime. They can weather quite a few storms. But the world continues to change, no less than ever, despite their attempts to hold it off.

The money will not buy back the next round of suspicious converts. The money will not buy back the faithful Tories they will lose with this one. The money will not conceal the obvious--Microsoft was begging moral issue 1 (the Kerberos extension), when they willingly began to beg the moral issue number 2 (the right to free speech).

Microsoft's Bill Gates has spent a lot of time and money trying to move the public opinion in his favor of late. The public relations people in the company like to suggest that Microsoft is an American success story.

Success? At what cost? Our freedom of speech? I don't think so.

It's obvious, we're getting closer to the final battles now. Push is coming to shove. The battlegrounds are being chosen and Microsoft has stupidly chosen freedom of speech on the Internet as where it wants to play. They hope to "win" this one, regardless of the true cost.

Winning? At what price? The role of Big Brother? It looks like it.

It's a lose-lose situation. Either they drop the fiasco before it starts, and admit defeat, or they play it out to the end. Lose or win, they lose the respect of the people in this country.

Microsoft--an American success story?

Better drop the American in that sentence. As far as success--success at what? You decide. I know I've long since made up my mind.

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