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Comment Re:for all the founding fathers did right (Score 4, Informative) 601

You do realise that the main reasons for adopting an electoral college system were practical? Specifically, that communicating the results, let alone running a single co-ordinated election, took a very long time (with only horses), and that the union was newly formed so the states still didn't trust each other or the federal goverment?

Submission + - Microsoft's EU anti-trust appeal thrown out

H4x0r Jim Duggan writes: "The EU's highest court has today rejected Microsoft's appeal against the European Commission's anti-trust case. The decision is being celebrated by FSFE, who've worked on the case since 2001 supporting Samba. Microsoft was always going to have to publish some interoperability specs, and thanks to the work of FSFE and Samba, free software developers will not be blocked from using that information."

Submission + - EU Court Upholds Microsoft Antitrust Judgment

de la mettrie writes: The European Court of First Instance has denied Microsoft's appeal of an EU antitrust order to share communications code with rivals and sell a copy of Windows without Media Player. In upholding the $613 million fine, the court decided that European Commission did not err in finding Microsoft guilty of monopoly abuse. The judgment, accessible online on the court's website, can be appealed to the European Court of Justice within 2 months.
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Submission + - GPL Launch

Joe Blakesley writes: "Today, the Free Software Foundation announced that version 3 of the GNU General Public License will be released on Friday, June 29 at noon (EDT). Live video footage of the GPL's unveiling by Richard M. Stallman will be available as a stream on the FSF's website."

Submission + - Microsoft "too busy to name Linux patents"

bob_dinosaur writes: According to The Register, Microsoft's Patent Attorney Jim Markwith told the Open Source Business Conference that the reason they hadn't named the 235 supposedly infringing patents was "The response of that would be administratively impossible to keep up with." The Register is suitably skeptical.

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