Cartoonix: Microsoft Anti-Trust Remedy 1.0

Cartoon drawn by James Baughn on Sunday, April 9, 2000

from the innovative-ways-of-fighting-the-monopoly dept.

Last week's ruling against Microsoft generated much cheering and partying within Linux circles, but now it's time to settle down and decide what to do with the Evil Empire. While the best remedy would be to aim a missile towards Redmond, Washington, such a plan might raise a few small legal issues.

One remedy (among others) that we here at Humorix propose is a Truth In Advertising requirement for all Microsoft product promotions. An advertising clause similar to the one in the old BSD license would be imposed. The Microsoft Marketing Department (motto: "We make lawyers look like angels") would then be required to list the names of every company that has contributed (willingly or unwillingly) to the Microsoft product being advertised.

In order to avoid typical Microsoft cheating, such credits must be printed in a font that could actually be read by an average person without experiencing severe eye damage. Of course, the amount of paper needed to place even one print advertisement would consume vast tracks of rainforest, but we believe that it's worth it.

We've prepared a sample advertisement for Windows 2000 that demonstrates this Truth In Advertising requirement in action.

PNG Format Advertisement (56KB, 500 x 500 pixels)

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