This is just dumb.
Firstly, Microsoft did not 'steal' the money from the Hungarian tax payers as the demonstrator claimed. It was their own government that made the ill-advised decision to go with closed-source software from a semi-monopolistic vendor. It just shows Microsoft's business acumen that they manage again and again to convince potential customers to sign away their freedoms, to inflict vendor lock-in on their users (or citizens in this case) and to even pay money for the privilege. Microsoft just did what it had to do. It's the decision makers in government that deserve the eggs.
Secondly, this just gives anyone who speaks out against Microsoft's business strategies a bad name, and easily allows Microsoft advocates to discredit such views: "Oh, you just hate Microsoft ... you are just one of those eggs throwers ... clearly an extremist ..." Etc., etc. Same old nonsense.
If you want to do something against Microsoft's stranglehold on universities, entire countries' infrastructures, your personal data and your computer then there are much better ways than throwing eggs at Microsoft executives.
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Comment by RedJungle, on 20-May-2008 10:22
Have to say, I thought he handled it fairly well. And I'm a little surprised they didn't have better security. I expected to see guys in black suits come charging out and pownce on the kid.
Comment by Rkey, on 20-May-2008 12:46
Here’s a summary of the circumstances:
A Hungarian Government bid, worth 25 Billion Hungarian Forints, roughly NZD$208M was allegedly skewed towards MS. (A ‘competitive’ bid with wording that all but ensures only Microsoft meets the requirements.) A Hungarian Watchdog Body (sort of like the FTC in the US) challenged the bidding process via the Court system, and a trial date was set for yesterday. The trial was suddenly and unexpectedly rescheduled just as Ballmer arrived in Budapest. So there may be a perception of the Bully lobbying there.