June 1, 2005 3:16 PM PDT

Microsoft agrees to antitrust tweaks of XP

Microsoft has agreed to make modest changes to Windows XP in response to criticism from an antitrust compliance committee.

In a court filing on Wednesday, the U.S. Justice Department and some states charged that Web-related resources, such as saved HTML files, continued to be denoted by an Internet Explorer icon, even when it was not the default browser. Also, the filing said, disabling Internet Explorer in XP does not automatically delete user-created shortcuts pointing at the application.

Microsoft said in the same filing--which was jointly submitted to U.S. District Judge Colleen Kollar-Kotelly--that it will modify XP to respond to those concerns.

The Internet Explorer details were unearthed by an oversight committee that was created as a result of an antitrust settlement agreed to by Microsoft and the federal government in 2001, and approved by Kollar-Kotelly in late 2002. Last June, a federal appeals court upheld the settlement and rejected Massachusetts' bid for stiffer penalties.

As previously reported, the Justice Department and the states are holding frequent discussions with Microsoft concerning the successor operating system to Windows XP, currently code-named Longhorn.

The antitrust oversight committee is reviewing the features of Longhorn and Internet Explorer 7 by testing builds of preliminary versions of the software.

A compliance hearing on the 2001 settlement is scheduled to be held before Kollar-Kotelly in Washington, D.C. on Friday.

This process is unrelated to another proceeding taking place before the European Commission.

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Mozilla Icons
When I made Mozilla my default pretty much all files ending with .html had a Mozilla icon instead of IE's. The ones that didn't (.htm files) I right clicked and told windows to always use Mozilla, after that the icon was changes to Mozilla's.
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one more thing
it would seem to be an issue of developers not properly changing file association which also includes information on the icon to be used.
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Mozilla Icons
When I made Mozilla my default pretty much all files ending with .html had a Mozilla icon instead of IE's. The ones that didn't (.htm files) I right clicked and told windows to always use Mozilla, after that the icon was changes to Mozilla's.
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one more thing
it would seem to be an issue of developers not properly changing file association which also includes information on the icon to be used.
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Where is Judge Jackson?
Is that idiot still a judge?
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Jackson update
You mean the judge who invited favored reporters into his chambers for chats about how awful Microsoft was? He got tossed off the case. Judge K-K seems pretty levelheaded.
Posted by declan00 (848 comments )
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You have to remember...
Jackson was there during the circus days, when MS's legal representation was doing their best impersonation of High School dropouts. Bad attitudes, falsified evidence, conflicting witnesses, ad nauseum. Jackson seemed to progress from a seasoned professional to being fed up with the side-shows. Not to forgive his public ******** sessions late in the game, but it was a mess. Dig up whatever you can on the first six months. The hindsight picture most reporters provide now is incomplete at best.
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still a judge?
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Where is Judge Jackson?
Is that idiot still a judge?
Posted by bobby_brady (765 comments )
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Jackson update
You mean the judge who invited favored reporters into his chambers for chats about how awful Microsoft was? He got tossed off the case. Judge K-K seems pretty levelheaded.
Posted by declan00 (848 comments )
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You have to remember...
Jackson was there during the circus days, when MS's legal representation was doing their best impersonation of High School dropouts. Bad attitudes, falsified evidence, conflicting witnesses, ad nauseum. Jackson seemed to progress from a seasoned professional to being fed up with the side-shows. Not to forgive his public ******** sessions late in the game, but it was a mess. Dig up whatever you can on the first six months. The hindsight picture most reporters provide now is incomplete at best.
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still a judge?
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YES, He is still a Judge. Because he was RIGHT...
But I guess some people (despite the ease of acquiring such information) still do not know much about the REAL-CASE. Such as the fact that virtually ALL of Judge Jacksons "...findings of fact", were actually upheld. Or that, every one of Microsofts appeals were rejected, ..all the way up to, and including, The Supreme Court.

These same people apparently also refuse to acknowledge that Microsoft was actually FOUND GUILTY. And, after the fact, the DOJ was apparently directed by the Whitehouse, to basically let Microsoft "...off the hook". In fact, there were actually calls, on the floors of both the Senate, and the House, for a criminal investigation of the matter, (...but, 9/11 happened about a week later).

Judge Jacksons behavior (his personal-anger and discussions with the press which were the basis of the corrective-actions asked-for by the reviewing court) only came to the fore when he reached an understandable-level of exasperation, ...after Microsoft-representatives repeatedly were caught LYING in court, ...refused to comply with court-orders, ...and were clearly attempting to manipulate the courts, various politicians, AND the media, ...while the case was on-going.

And, most importantly, everyone should also understand that the case against Microsoft actually centered around numerous issues, ..such as, "applications" being unfairly-integrated into "the Windows-OS", ...the absorption, and then, manipulation of proprietary-standards, ...and various illegal contract-manipulations, ...all found to have been intentionally mis-used by Microsoft to eliminate competition. In fact, this case was brought years after an earlier Federal-case against the company, ...for the very same behavior. Microsoft settled that case, and promised to stop their "predatory behavior". But, ...after half the States determined that Microsoft was CLEARLY continuing their "classic-behavior", and were, "...seriously harming consumers and the industry" (and had launched their own STATE Anti-Trust cases against Microsoft) The FEDs finally felt compelled to launch another "Federal anti-trust case" against the company.

Now, after numerous States, policy-watchdogs, and businesses have, very publically, announced that (the carefully hand-picked) judge, "Kollar-Kotelly" and the "...oversight committee that was created as a result of an antitrust settlement agreed to by Microsoft and the federal government in 2001", ...have FAILED MISERABLY to reign-in this criminal-behavior. ...These same parties (the convicted illegal-monopolist and the "committee" chosen to handle the matter) are now quibbling over trivial-nonsense, such as "icon" placement (can you say SMOKE-SCREEN..?).
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YES, He is still a Judge. Because he was RIGHT...
But I guess some people (despite the ease of acquiring such information) still do not know much about the REAL-CASE. Such as the fact that virtually ALL of Judge Jacksons "...findings of fact", were actually upheld. Or that, every one of Microsofts appeals were rejected, ..all the way up to, and including, The Supreme Court.

These same people apparently also refuse to acknowledge that Microsoft was actually FOUND GUILTY. And, after the fact, the DOJ was apparently directed by the Whitehouse, to basically let Microsoft "...off the hook". In fact, there were actually calls, on the floors of both the Senate, and the House, for a criminal investigation of the matter, (...but, 9/11 happened about a week later).

Judge Jacksons behavior (his personal-anger and discussions with the press which were the basis of the corrective-actions asked-for by the reviewing court) only came to the fore when he reached an understandable-level of exasperation, ...after Microsoft-representatives repeatedly were caught LYING in court, ...refused to comply with court-orders, ...and were clearly attempting to manipulate the courts, various politicians, AND the media, ...while the case was on-going.

And, most importantly, everyone should also understand that the case against Microsoft actually centered around numerous issues, ..such as, "applications" being unfairly-integrated into "the Windows-OS", ...the absorption, and then, manipulation of proprietary-standards, ...and various illegal contract-manipulations, ...all found to have been intentionally mis-used by Microsoft to eliminate competition. In fact, this case was brought years after an earlier Federal-case against the company, ...for the very same behavior. Microsoft settled that case, and promised to stop their "predatory behavior". But, ...after half the States determined that Microsoft was CLEARLY continuing their "classic-behavior", and were, "...seriously harming consumers and the industry" (and had launched their own STATE Anti-Trust cases against Microsoft) The FEDs finally felt compelled to launch another "Federal anti-trust case" against the company.

Now, after numerous States, policy-watchdogs, and businesses have, very publically, announced that (the carefully hand-picked) judge, "Kollar-Kotelly" and the "...oversight committee that was created as a result of an antitrust settlement agreed to by Microsoft and the federal government in 2001", ...have FAILED MISERABLY to reign-in this criminal-behavior. ...These same parties (the convicted illegal-monopolist and the "committee" chosen to handle the matter) are now quibbling over trivial-nonsense, such as "icon" placement (can you say SMOKE-SCREEN..?).
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Scared Little Cowboy on his Virtual Bull
Ever seen those anti-tobacco monopoly ads by "The Truth" at truth.com?

Citizen Gates is the tiny Marlboro Man riding his virtual bull (ShortHorn) around trying to cover his tracks.
Big Tobacco &#38; Microsoft have many things in common:
Both are obsolete relics of the past "cool age".
Both spew cancer, viruses &#38; cause you to crash &#38; burn.
Both have manipulated the government with their billion dollar lobbyist &#38; power plays.
Both have lied to the Government for years about how "safe" their products are.
Both have dug their tenticles deep into the masses &#38; make it very difficult to go "cold turkey".
Both have done whatever it takes (legally or illegally) to keep their monopolies in power &#38; crush the other guys "butts" thereby snuffing them out &#38; keeping their cash flow going from the little people to the corporate fat cats.
MS &#38; Big Tobacco are both cancerous, nip them in the bud or roll your own.
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Cut and Paste King
Please, you have made your point. This is at least the third time.
Posted by Andrew J Glina (1673 comments )
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Scared Little Cowboy on his Virtual Bull
Ever seen those anti-tobacco monopoly ads by "The Truth" at truth.com?

Citizen Gates is the tiny Marlboro Man riding his virtual bull (ShortHorn) around trying to cover his tracks.
Big Tobacco &#38; Microsoft have many things in common:
Both are obsolete relics of the past "cool age".
Both spew cancer, viruses &#38; cause you to crash &#38; burn.
Both have manipulated the government with their billion dollar lobbyist &#38; power plays.
Both have lied to the Government for years about how "safe" their products are.
Both have dug their tenticles deep into the masses &#38; make it very difficult to go "cold turkey".
Both have done whatever it takes (legally or illegally) to keep their monopolies in power &#38; crush the other guys "butts" thereby snuffing them out &#38; keeping their cash flow going from the little people to the corporate fat cats.
MS &#38; Big Tobacco are both cancerous, nip them in the bud or roll your own.
Posted by Llib Setag (951 comments )
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Cut and Paste King
Please, you have made your point. This is at least the third time.
Posted by Andrew J Glina (1673 comments )
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