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Bush names antitrust head

By jasonab in News
Tue Feb 20, 2001 at 01:00:00 AM EST
Tags: Politics (all tags)

After all the wailing and gnashing of teeth in the Linux community over the antitrust consequences of the election of GWB, the other shoe has finally fallen...

...and it's a fuzzy slipper. The Washington Post has an article in its Feb 16 edition on Charles A. James, Bush's nominee to head the Justice Dept Antitrust Division. In sum, he's a moderate trustbuster, more in line with the elder Bush's department than either Clinton's or Reagan's. The article makes the point that GHWB's antitrust division was much more active than Reagan's was, and in many ways set the stage for the Clinton-era antitrust activism. Furthermore, no action on the Microsoft matter will be taken until the ruling on the appeal in handed down. James likely won't be confirmed before those hearings occur at the end of this month. James declines to state a position on the matter, but in past statements has said that he sees both sides of the issue, and is unlikely to dismiss the matter.

In sum, everyone can stop panicking now. Bush has named a competent solicitor who believes in the job that is likely to be entrusted to him.


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Bush names antitrust head | 8 comments (3 topical, 5 editorial, 0 hidden)
Scientologist preaching to a choir? (2.16 / 6) (#5)
by slaytanic killer on Sun Feb 18, 2001 at 10:36:11 AM EST

Any legal action spearheaded by Oracle deserves heavy suspicion. Oracle is famous for their clause making it illegal to benchmark their databases. And the saying about their cost-structure before they became an Internet Company was, "They turn you upside-down and see what falls out of your pocket," with meetings where they demanded to know your net profits. Now they charge you based on the combined MHz of the machines you run the DB on.

And Sun's record "for Linux"... with the Blackdown team fiasco that even embarassed the lead designers of Java, and it's non-free Java license whose main use is to help you workaround their bugs by letting you see the sourcecode... Linux's "friends" are sometimes at least as bad is it's enemies.

What? (4.00 / 1) (#6)
by Moneo on Sun Feb 18, 2001 at 05:35:36 PM EST

What is this comment about and how does it relate to the above story?
Propaganda plays the same role in a democracy as violence does in a dictatorship. -- Noam Chomsky
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Oracle. Sun. Antitrust. (3.00 / 2) (#7)
by slaytanic killer on Sun Feb 18, 2001 at 08:17:00 PM EST

Who spearheads the antitrust proceedings? The US Government. At whose request? Oracle's and Sun's, ostensibly on Netscape's behalf.

This is not a novel point. Gates stopped short of calling it a conspiracy between Ellison (Oracle) and McNealy (Sun); and it is not a conspiracy only since it was a very open act.

As for the title Scientologist preaching to a choir?, it meant that it was odd saying that "everyone can stop panicking right now." There are some here who hate MS with a passion. But to others, it is like they are a christian choir being preached to by a scientologist, which is an incompatible faith.

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