The employee in question calls me a Communist and a liar, makes reference to nonexistent copyright laws, and fails completely to address any of the substance in the post. If I were a Norwegian looking to show his MP why Microsoft shouldn't be given control over the national video archives, this post would be exhibit number one:
The world would descend into chaos without dependency on the American empire. The last sentence is more than anti-Microsoft, it is anti-Capitalistic (read: anti-freedom). Yes, now that I have a SAAB my dealer can charge whatever they want for service and Gillette me to death with bait and switch pricing. Maybe they are and service is super profitable for them? humm. It seems ok so far. Last time I went in they fixed for free while i waited. Wonder why? If I were Cory would I be living in fear of their evil Capitalist leverage? Sucks to be you man.I've also posted a rebuttal on his blog, but MSN Spaces can't handle large blocks of text, so it garbled my response. You can get the full text here.
: This is Soviet thinking. God forbid you drive a car manufacturedLink
: elsewhere or use technology from overseas. It takes a villiage
: (sic) Cory. A global village. Yugoslavs should only drive
: Yugos, and to not do so is unpatriotic. Forget about buying the
: product best adapted to your needs. Everyone use technology from
: your own country. Unless you are in the states and that
: technology is Microsoft.
More straw-men. No one is talking about the freedom of Norwegians to choose to consume foreign goods. We're talking about a government granted monopoly on supplying infrastructure for the use of public goods. To use your car analogy: what if the law was that Norwegian highways could only be driven with American cars? Or that all cars in Norway could only run on American petrol?...
Norway could have picked H.264 or another open standard for delivery of this video and allowed Microsoft and all its competitors to compete in the marketplace. Instead, they've delivered sole-vendor status to Microsoft. You don't want a market where the winner emerges through competition: you want a "market" where the winner is chosen by the government.
I write books. My latest is a YA science fiction novel called Homeland (it's the sequel to Little Brother). More books: Rapture of the Nerds (a novel, with Charlie Stross); With a Little Help (short stories); and The Great Big Beautiful Tomorrow (novella and nonfic). I speak all over the place and I tweet and tumble, too.