Microsoft's dilemma

Microsoft's dilemma

Summary: Microsoft briefly pondered taking a minority stake in PeopleSoft to help it fend off Oracle. "Thinking about this PeopleSoft bid by Oracle made me wonder if we should approach them and suggest a minority investment to bolster their independence in return for a modest platform commitment," Microsoft Chairman Bill Gates said in an e-mail to CEO Steve Ballmer the day after Oracle announced its PeopleSoft bid.

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GatesMicrosoft briefly pondered taking a minority stake in PeopleSoft to help it fend off Oracle. "Thinking about this PeopleSoft bid by Oracle made me wonder if we should approach them and suggest a minority investment to bolster their independence in return for a modest platform commitment," Microsoft Chairman Bill Gates said in an e-mail to CEO Steve Ballmer the day after Oracle announced its PeopleSoft bid.

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  • So?

    Let them talk in plaintext for that matter. It's not like industrial spies are going to be bothering to crack the traffic from a games console.

    Same thing for my wireless at home -- I restrict the MAC addresses that can associate mainly to keep the neighbors from getting confused. I don't worry about content since I treat the wireless network as totally insecure (think the Internet) anyway.
    Yagotta B. Kidding
    • Online banking

      and shopping. This never happens over your WLAN? Then I would suspect you're in the minority. A hacker with half a clue can step around the mac restriction.
      Real World
      • Sure, but...

        they would have to be on my front porch or in my back yard. I think I would notice a stranger sitting on my daughter's swing with a laptop :)
        Patrick Jones
        • Yeah, but for those apartment dwellers out there

          Would you notice the guy sitting at the kitchen table in his apartment above (or below, or across, or next door...) from you?
          John Zern