May 15th, 2003


Smells like price fixing...

Microsoft fears Linux so much that they are willing to give their software away to governments or large institutions in order to "lock in" lucrative customers. Reuters is covering this story -- badly -- but here is a link to the far more informative source article in the International Herald Tribune.

"Under NO circumstances lose against Linux," says a Microsoft internal memo.

Investigations are already starting to see if Microsoft violated anti-trust laws... under European law, companies that hold a dominant market position are barred from offering discounts that are intended to block competitors from the market.

The article seems to clearly indicate that Microsoft knew they were violating European law in this case. Internal Microsoft documents show that they were warned by legal experts not to specifically target particular competitors or offer special deals only to certain customers. These documents even hint at how Microsoft would try to legally defend themselves should they be challenged -- they don't deny that their actions would violate European law if they were a dominant company in the marketplace, they simply deny their dominance.

Somehow, I don't think they're going to win that legal argument...

The next Tea and Sympathy - The Science Fiction episode.

Hot on the heels of our glam rock event, next Tuesday's Tea & Sympathy will have a science fiction theme, with science fiction influenced music, movies, etc. It will be held at my house in Santa Clara, from 7pm-whenever...

Inside, we'll feature a viewing party for the final episode of "Buffy - the Vampire Slayer", to be followed by a showing of the director's cut of Blade Runner, while outside we'll feature fire, lights, music, decorations, chat, toasted marshmallows, and the kind of hijinks that people have come to expect on our back porch. ( If anyone would like to do some fire spinning, I've got the room and just the kind of crowd who would appreciate it... )

As always, everyone is invited, participation and costumes are encouraged, and new visitors are welcome... a GLBT-friendly attitude is encouraged. For directions, email insomnia @

FCC chairman Powell stonewalls public... time to talk to our senators.

Awhile back, I encouraged you all to sign an online petition against proposed FCC policies that would further centralize ownership of this country's media.

Over 150,000 people have responded... the largest public response to any FCC decision ever. So, what was the response of FCC Chairman Powell? He's saying that he doesn't see the need to allow further discussion on the matter...

Since Chairman Powell won't listen to the public, our Senators need to make him listen. The Senate Commerce Committee has the jurisdiction to hold hearings on and possibly delay the FCC rule change, but it won't use that power without public support.

Please take the time and check to see if your senator is on the list of members of the Senate Commerce Comittee. (My senator, Barbara Boxer, is...)

If your senator is on the list, you'll also see their email and phone number listed as well. Please take the time to contact them and let them know you oppose any FCC decisions that would further centralize media ownership, and that you encourage them to take action to pressure the FCC to listen to the voice of the public.

They're supposed to be *our* airwaves, after all...

unusual situation amongst friends...

It may seem strange, but there is an eerily appropriate Cure lyric for everything that happens in my life. Right now, it is Waiting.

It's dark outside and I was missing the eclipse, so I popped my head out to see the faint red moon in the sky -- illuminated only by the stars and by the reflection from our little planet...