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Old 1st February, 2007, 05:19 PM
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Piracy Worked For Us, Romania President Tells Gates

Pirated Microsoft software helped Romania to build a vibrant technology industry, Romanian President Traian Basescu told Bill Gates on Thursday.

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Feb 1, 2007 11:01 AM



BUCHAREST, Feb 1 - Pirated Microsoft Corp software helped Romania to build a vibrant technology industry, Romanian President Traian Basescu told the company's co-founder Bill Gates on Thursday. Basescu was meeting the software giant's chairman in Bucharest to celebrate the opening of a Microsoft global technical centre in the Romanian capital....

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That's a dirty little secret that MS doesn't like to admit; the fact that a significant part of the reason that MS is the dominant software provider on the planet is due to piracy.

How do I figure that? Think about it:

A business buys a copy of MS Office. Two or three employees take it home, use it. Now they are sending out stuff in the Office data formats. Pretty soon other people are getting stuff in the Office data formats, so they need a copy of Office. But oh, in order to run Office, you have to run Windows.

The truth is that MS benefited from the 'open source' movement, before the term had even been coined. And Bill Gates knows it.

Now, this doesn't mean that I think everyone should go out and steal the hard work of others. But it does mean that I really do think the basic model of the software market is flawed. Give away the software; sell the support.
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Old 1st February, 2007, 05:47 PM
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I'd imagine China has a similar story Not that they would get to read it.
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How seriously do we expect the rest of the world to take our resident megalomaniac?

Bill should never expect support he hasn't paid for, just as we should never expect the support we pay Bill for!
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I would like to take this oppertunity to personally blame CHRISBARD!
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Quote:
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I would like to take this oppertunity to personally blame CHRISBARD!
I SECOND that nomination!

Err....what are we blaming him for again?
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Well I'm not one to argue with mob mentality.

Chris how could you!!
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bad bard! bad!

let's bust out the pitch forks and torches!
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You started this Chris, your on your own!
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Poor Chris, probably in jail now...
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Err....what are we blaming him for again?
Well, Chris is Romanian, so he is blatantly to blame for the software piracy, probably all by himself too!
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without a doubt... I believe that he is the 70%
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Hiding him from Bill won't be easy now that Chris gotten mouthy with him!
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Poor chris

When he pirates vista, will he know that it was just an aweful joke by bill?
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That explains everything! Vista isn't really an OS so much as a fool trap!
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Count me in for the public hanging or stake burning or beheading...ah... so many ways for one lousy victim. Oh well... yes, is Chris fault.
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