Feeds

The trial this week: DoJ consultant in the frame

With just two days work before Thanksgiving, it looks like W-B will be a busy boy in the box

  • alert
  • submit to reddit

Secure remote control for conventional and virtual desktops

Microsoft has made it clear that it intends to spend several days cross-examining Dr Frederick Warren-Boulton, the consultant economist who testified for a day last week. Microsoft spokesman Larry West admitted that the monopoly issue was a key, substantive one in the case, which until now had dealt with finger-pointing matters. Since this week includes the Thanksgiving holiday, the court will be sitting for only two days, and James Gosling, the Java pioneer, is unlikely to be called this week. Microsoft is likely to attack the market definition that W-B used when he gave as his view that Microsoft has a monopoly. This is standard practice in an unfair competition case: the defendant tries to develop a market definition that can help it show that it did not compete unfairly in that market. This will be difficult for Microsoft because it has produced an abundance of bragging statements that show it dominant according to the market definition W-B is using. Microsoft will try to develop a broader market definition than just Intel, and include all operating systems. Confounding the general rule that Republicans do not believe in breaking up monopolies, a group of soi disant conservatives wrote to Richard Amey, the House majority leader, to say that complaints in Congress to the effect that the government's prosecution intrudes in an unregulated market should be ignored. Former chairman of the Federal Trade Commission Dan Oliver, who organised the letter, said that if the Microsoft case could not be supported by Congress, no antitrust case could be supported, and that breaking up Microsoft (or some other structural remedy) could be effective. Oliver, who is also legal advisor to ProComp, an anti-Microsoft industry body, was supported by James Miller, also a previous FTC chairman, and James Rill, who was head of the DoJ antitrust division under Bush. Microsoft has had a much-strengthened team of lobbyists working away to gain support in Congress, but sentiment is not swinging to Microsoft at present. The restaurants of Washington are the only real winners so far. Meanwhile, the original three issues in the Complaint have almost been forgotten: tying Windows and IE (the court of appeals supported Microsoft in June on this ); ISP contracts (Microsoft says it has voluntarily relaxed these); and first-screen requirements (which remain a problem for Microsoft as its defence - a consistent user experience - is weak). Legal argument about the DoJ's move away from these central issues, and Judge Jackson's latitude in allowing it, can confidently be expected from Microsoft. ® Complete Register trial coverage

Providing a secure and efficient Helpdesk

More from The Register

next story
The 'fun-nification' of computer education – good idea?
Compulsory code schools, luvvies love it, but what about Maths and Physics?
Facebook, Apple: LADIES! Why not FREEZE your EGGS? It's on the company!
No biological clockwatching when you work in Silicon Valley
Happiness economics is bollocks. Oh, UK.gov just adopted it? Er ...
Opportunity doesn't knock; it costs us instead
Ex-US Navy fighter pilot MIT prof: Drones beat humans - I should know
'Missy' Cummings on UAVs, smartcars and dying from boredom
Yes, yes, Steve Jobs. Look what I'VE done for you lately – Tim Cook
New iPhone biz baron points to Apple's (his) greatest successes
Lords take revenge on REVENGE PORN publishers
Jilted Johns and Jennies with busy fingers face two years inside
Sysadmin with EBOLA? Gartner's issued advice to debug your biz
Start hoarding cleaning supplies, analyst firm says, and assume your team will scatter
Edward who? GCHQ boss dodges Snowden topic during last speech
UK spies would rather 'walk' than do 'mass surveillance'
Doctor Who's Flatline: Cool monsters, yes, but utterly limp subplots
We know what the Doctor does, stop going on about it already
prev story

Whitepapers

Forging a new future with identity relationship management
Learn about ForgeRock's next generation IRM platform and how it is designed to empower CEOS's and enterprises to engage with consumers.
Why and how to choose the right cloud vendor
The benefits of cloud-based storage in your processes. Eliminate onsite, disk-based backup and archiving in favor of cloud-based data protection.
Three 1TB solid state scorchers up for grabs
Big SSDs can be expensive but think big and think free because you could be the lucky winner of one of three 1TB Samsung SSD 840 EVO drives that we’re giving away worth over £300 apiece.
Reg Reader Research: SaaS based Email and Office Productivity Tools
Read this Reg reader report which provides advice and guidance for SMBs towards the use of SaaS based email and Office productivity tools.
Security for virtualized datacentres
Legacy security solutions are inefficient due to the architectural differences between physical and virtual environments.