Feeds

MS guilty – can Prez Bush save it?

If the procedure drags, a new administration may come to the rescue

  • alert
  • submit to reddit

Protecting users from Firesheep and other Sidejacking attacks with SSL

MS on Trial Microsoft is making it clear that it wishes to appeal. Whether it will do so immediately against the Conclusions of Law is not yet certain, but there can be little doubt that Microsoft would want to get the case back into the appellate court as soon as possible. Microsoft's hope would be that the Court of Appeals would stay any District Court proceedings pending the hearing of its appeal. One of Microsoft's stratagems must be to delay the case as much as possible, in the hope that George W Bush III becomes President (he is known to oppose the breakup of Microsoft), and appoints an attorney general who will not push for the breakup of Microsoft. Judge Jackson's plan is almost certainly to set a schedule for further briefs and a hearing on remedies, and if he moves at the same speed as for the fact and legal findings, it would be reasonable to suppose that he would make his Order about what should be done around the end of June or in early July. It remains to be seen whether Microsoft will persuade the appellate court to put such a procedure on hold. Although Microsoft has made noises about an expedited appeal, the appellate court is not very swift about holding hearings and deciding the matter. It would be reasonable to expect a lapse of up to six months between the launch of an appeal, the preparation of briefs, a hearing, and the decision. If the District Court action were stayed pending the appeal, then Microsoft would make it into the next presidency, with the possibility of a pro-Microsoft  attorney general and a new antitrust chief in place by next January. There is an interesting alternative possibility: the Antitrust Expediting Act makes it possible for the DoJ to seek to have the case appealed directly to the Supreme Court, so by-passing the DC Circuit Court of Appeals. Whether this could happen at the present stage is unclear, but it would seem more likely that the District Court would have to finish its work first. When Ronald Reagan became president, he effectively halted the IBM antitrust case that was active. It is of concern to those living under somewhat older and more mature judicial systems that there is in the USA a very real possibility of executive interference with the job of the judiciary, casting doubt on the effectiveness of the separation of powers. It is disturbing that the issue may result being of Microsoft's breakup might well depend on who becomes President. ® Complete Register Trial coverage

Website security in corporate America

More from The Register

next story
Phones 4u slips into administration after EE cuts ties with Brit mobe retailer
More than 5,500 jobs could be axed if rescue mission fails
Israeli spies rebel over mass-snooping on innocent Palestinians
'Disciplinary treatment will be sharp and clear' vow spy-chiefs
Apple CEO Tim Cook: TV is TERRIBLE and stuck in the 1970s
The iKing thinks telly is far too fiddly and ugly – basically, iTunes
Huawei ditches new Windows Phone mobe plans, blames poor sales
Giganto mobe firm slams door shut on Microsoft. OH DEAR
Phones 4u website DIES as wounded mobe retailer struggles to stay above water
Founder blames 'ruthless network partners' for implosion
Found inside ISIS terror chap's laptop: CELINE DION tunes
REPORT: Stash of terrorist material found in Syria Dell box
Show us your Five-Eyes SECRETS says Privacy International
Refusal to disclose GCHQ canteen menus and prices triggers Euro Human Rights Court action
prev story

Whitepapers

Providing a secure and efficient Helpdesk
A single remote control platform for user support is be key to providing an efficient helpdesk. Retain full control over the way in which screen and keystroke data is transmitted.
Saudi Petroleum chooses Tegile storage solution
A storage solution that addresses company growth and performance for business-critical applications of caseware archive and search along with other key operational systems.
Security and trust: The backbone of doing business over the internet
Explores the current state of website security and the contributions Symantec is making to help organizations protect critical data and build trust with customers.
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.