What to do about Palladium

Discussion in 'Community' started by Catfish_Man, Jul 4, 2002.

  1. Catfish_Man macrumors 68030

    Catfish_Man

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    I assume by now everyone has heard about Microsoft's new plot to take over the world called Palladium. If not, here are some places to look:

    http://www.theregus.com
    http://slashdot.org
    http://www.ambrosiasw.com/news/webboard (go to the "just tech" forum and look for the Palladium thread

    Since it obviously needs to dealt with, I'm open to suggestions on what to do about it. My current plan is to write a letter to Sen. Fritz Hollings (and Microsoft, perhaps) explaining why I think it's a horrible idea, but that plan kinda requires a lot of people.
     
  2. vitruvius macrumors regular

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    Damn !!, now im sure Bill Gates has the 666 written in his head!!
     
  3. alex_ant macrumors 68020

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    I support you in spirit, Catfish Man, but I'm not sure we'd be able to remove the various media companies' knobs from Fritz Hollings' mouth even with the combined power of every single Macrumors member.

    I think the most effective way to combat Palladium will be the education of the masses. This is how Hailstorm was defeated, and if Hailstorm is any indication, I see Palladium being swiftly crushed by consumer disdain. "This is your computer. This is your computer on Palladium. Any questions?"

    Alex
     
  4. Catfish_Man thread starter macrumors 68030

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    I agree,...

    ... currently I'm working on macrumors and ambrosia software's webboards. I think arstechnica has enough people who *really* know what they're doing that they'll come up with something, so I'm not really bothering to point it out to them. I think slashdot will help too, they've got the numbers to make a difference and are heavily in favor of open source. Basically I'm looking for ideas right now, letters will help, but we really need a way of educating the masses as you said. The Newsweek article on it was a really rotten, it was basically advertising in disguise. Unfortunately, a lot of people read it, and a lot of people don't know much about computers.
     
  5. Durandal7 macrumors 68040

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  6. Catfish_Man thread starter macrumors 68030

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    lol...

    ...not a terrible plan. btw, my login for {mac} seems to be broken. Any ideas?
     
  7. Durandal7 macrumors 68040

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    Re: lol...

    I'll take a look at it.
     
  8. Choppaface macrumors 65816

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    IMO its not worth waisting the energy on complaining until it directly effects you. i.e., I certainly wouldn't bother writing a letter, although I might sign some sort of petition since it's relatively easy. unless there's a very strong movement already established and ready to take on MS, I wouldn't see it as advantageous to start 'acting out' until my XP box stopped playing mp3s, or changed something without my approval. it's simply not worth getting angry over things in general...
     

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