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New Ensuring MSFT supports their friends in government.
Citing Microsoft Corp.'s lapses under part of a landmark antitrust settlement, the Justice Department said Friday it wants to extend by two years its oversight of some of the company's business practices until at least November 2009.

Microsoft has already agreed to the lengthier scrutiny by the department and 17 states under a proposal that still must be approved by a U.S. judge. The company has struggled with a key provision in the 2002 antitrust settlement requiring it to disclose to its competitors sensitive details about some of its software.

Government lawyers said they were prepared to extend oversight of Microsoft's business activities through 2012 if they deem it necessary. In court papers filed Friday, they described Microsoft's efforts under parts of the settlement as "disappointing" and "not very encouraging," but they also said Microsoft's failures were neither willful nor systematic.
[link|http://biz.yahoo.com/ap/060512/microsoft_antitrust.html?.v=3|Link].
Alex

When fascism comes to America, it'll be wrapped in a flag and carrying a cross. -- Sinclair Lewis
New Insuring. HTH!
/crc
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Impeach Bush. Impeach Cheney. Do it now.
New -5 CRC Points.
[link|http://dictionary.reference.com/search?q=ensure|Ensure]:

To make sure or certain; insure: Our precautions ensured our safety.


Also see [link|http://dictionary.reference.com/search?q=assure|Assure]:

Usage Note: Assure, ensure, and insure all mean \ufffdto make secure or certain.\ufffd Only assure is used with reference to a person in the sense of \ufffdto set the mind at rest\ufffd: assured the leader of his loyalty. Although ensure and insure are generally interchangeable, only insure is now widely used in American English in the commercial sense of \ufffdto guarantee persons or property against risk.\ufffd


I too would have used ensure rather than insure in Alex's title - it has a slightly different connotation to me than insure. MS isn't buying a policy.

Cheers,
Scott.
New :) !
Alex

When fascism comes to America, it'll be wrapped in a flag and carrying a cross. -- Sinclair Lewis
New Yeah, but I forgot about that one.
So it doesn't count.

:)
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Impeach Bush. Impeach Cheney. Do it now.
New Yeah, right.
From Alex' quote:
Government lawyers [...] also said Microsoft's failures were neither willful nor systematic.
And what support do they have for this hypothesis?

Yeah, yeah, "never ascribe to malice what can be explained by incompetence", and all that...

But in *this* case, I'd say Occam's razor is more likely to lean the other way.


   [link|mailto:MyUserId@MyISP.CountryCode|Christian R. Conrad]
(I live in Finland, and my e-mail in-box is at the Saunalahti company.)
Yes Mr. Garrison, genetic engineering lets us correct God's horrible, horrible mistakes, like German people. - [link|http://maxpages.com/southpark2k/Episode_105|Mr. Hat]
New Don't discount the possibility it is both
     Ensuring MSFT supports their friends in government. - (a6l6e6x) - (6)
         Insuring. HTH! - (Silverlock) - (3)
             -5 CRC Points. - (Another Scott) - (2)
                 :) ! -NT - (a6l6e6x)
                 Yeah, but I forgot about that one. - (Silverlock)
         Yeah, right. - (CRConrad) - (1)
             Don't discount the possibility it is both -NT - (JayMehaffey)

I say your young men'll be fritterin'!
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