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Re: [SLE] Time Has Come For Microsoft Settlement(OT)
  • From: Curtis Rey <crrey@xxxxxxxxxxx>
  • Date: Fri, 01 Nov 2002 20:27:36 -0600
  • Message-id: <3DC33818.5030800@xxxxxxxxxxx>
dep wrote:

begin Jeric's quote:
| On Fri, 2002-11-01 at 12:42, Chris Geske wrote:
| I think there's some
| > kind of deal between US and microsoft going on because of the
| > terrorist attacks. Some kind of security agreement or backdoor
| > policy. Otherwise,
| Such a deal has been in effect a LONG time before the 2001 attacks
| ;^)

and what, exactly, made you privy to this insight?

On thing that has always struck me, M$ has never payed dividends on their stock. So, apparently the only real way to make money, other than on paper, is to sell the stock. So, all these people and companies have their investments of retirement/pensions tied into M$(to what degree I'm uncertain). Well, that reminds of a place call Orange County in California. They did the same thing with the tax payers money regarding investment in the market to make a profit. But all their investments bottomed out and the city of Orange and Orange county went broke. Public works went to a virtual stand still. The place was developing an ominous odor due to skeleton trash crews. And all the major city and county service were in the same boat.
Well the citizens were not pleased to say the least. And a Federal investigation was launched. The city and county got back on it's feet, a few heads rolled and political careers were abruptly ended --as well they should have-- but it goes to prove a point. Any entity that invests solely or so heavily in the market with a portfolio that isn't diversified enough so that if indeed M$ takes a dump that it won't out the pensions shouldn't be running the damn thing in the first place. As I stated earlier, indeed certain pensions are in fact in this situation it gives one pause.

With a 90+% share of the desktop market and a substantial amount of the NASDAQ riding on M$ stock, at least to a measurable amount, what is the implications of M$ stock taking a major dive? Especialy in the current market. I find it funny that a tacit turn around regarding what action to take against M$ happened after 9/11 and the precipitous drop in the markets. Wall Street may turn to Linux and Open Source to run their systems but the rely on M$ to run the tech sector, at least to a fair degree.

Just MHO, Curtis.

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