Microsoft just can't help itself
Fri Aug 27 16:50:35 2004 Microsoft
just can't help itself
Posted by Tony Lawrence
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As the link above explains, Microsoft just couldn't get away from its own greed and has effectively scuttled the "Sender-ID" concept for dealing with spam email. Perhaps, as Larry suggests, they really thought they they were so damn important that they could bully their way through, but I suspect it's just innate greed and stupidity: they don't know HOW to do anything that wouldn't have their lawyers fingerprints all over it.
Now of course some corporate apologists will point out that lawyers are necessary, and even "giving away" something can still land you in deep trouble. Yeah, but isn't it funny how Microsoft doesn't seem to worry too much about that when they do one of the thousand other things that have dragged them into various courts? In other words, when there is money to be made, well, charge right ahead and let the shysters earn their pay for a change. But for a simple thing like this where they could have played along with everyone else, oh no! - we can't be involved unless it's OUR license and OUR patents.
Well, with every offense intended, I agree with Larry: we'll do just fine without Microsoft. A protocol will be developed, it will be GPL'd, and if Microsoft wants to try to mess it up to give themselves advantage, I hope they find themselves in court yet again. Or better yet, just give it up, Bill: your email servers are too complex and often insecure anyway, so why don't you just get out of the business? Yes, trash Exchange and tend to some other knitting. Very few would miss it.
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