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Supreme Court rejects Microsoft appeal -- "Microsoft had hoped it could avoid facing a definitive remedy judgment as the case enters its final phase in the U.S. District Court of Appeals. Interactive Week reported that the Supreme Court made no comment in rejecting the appeal, which hinged on unprofessional conduct by Judge Thomas Penfield Jackson, who was the original trial judge."

I'd like to believe that any court-imposed remedy would result in true behaviour changes within Microsoft, but I have as much faith in that as I do in the tooth fairy.

Microsoft has been here before (remember 1995?) and exhibits a strong tendency to exploit every possible loophole or interpretation of court orders, generally disregarding the spirit of such orders (of course, anything open to such broad interpretation is perhaps poorly crafted language deserving of such exploitation).


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Right now I've only got about 5 colleagues in Google Wave along with me, but that'll grow over the next few days.  I'll post more observations as my community grows and I have more reasons to work in the environment.

Meanwhile, I'm in it and learning my way around.  Stay tuned!
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It would seem, seeing this headline, that even the tech sector is unable to avoid the consequences of this economic downturn.  When even bellwether Microsoft must slash jobs, it must be impossible to create a sustainable business model that has the elasticity to weather a severe economic slowdown.
Then again, there's this:
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and this:
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I believe Apple has established a management and operations pattern that may prove a model for sustainable business operations that, while not necessarily immune to economic trends and conditions, could prove more stable and thus less prone to the "hire wildly then lay off" pattern so many companies and industries seem subject to.
Is Apple an enigma, or a new business model?  Share your comments.