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Good Morning,  !
It's Sunday, September 12, 2010

The Russian Government, unlike the governments of the Euro Block,
uses Microsoft software. Dissident groups in Russia generally use
pirated software. On the black market, you can buy any software
for US$ 5 per CD. (The black market is still strictly US dollars only.)

Many of those dissident groups could afford legitimate software
or use free Linux and Open Source software, but it is tradition
there, and it has a revolutionary flair to use pirated software.

Now Microsoft is siding with their big customer, the Russian
Government, and helping them to go after the dissidents.
According to the Moscow Helsinki Group, a Human Rights
watchdog organization, Microsoft is too cozy with the Russian
Government and too slow with admitting that any software
is legitimate. 

To me, that sems to be a very shortsighted move. Any dissident
group, that has their computers confiscated in surprise raids,
and loses not only all their data, but has members jailed,
will naturally move away from Microsoft, and use Linux and
strong encryption. It does not in the least encourage them
to buy Microsoft products, since Microsoft won't lift a finger
to defend them anyway.

Sure, Microsoft is not making any money, when young people
use pirated software. But when those people get older and
more affluent, they usually buy the software, that they are 
used to. A cracked Microsoft Office to them is like trial ware.
They know, that some day they will have to buy a legitimate
version.

That does not apply to the young people, who are forced to
switch to Linux and Open Source software. They will all be
used to that, and never tempted to buy Microsoft products.

IBM was instrumental in breaking up the Soviet Union, when
they donated Millions of unsellable PS2-286 computers to
the Soviet Union, wrote them off as a tax deduction, and
listed them in their sales figures. In the Soviet Union, those
PS2-286 pizza boxes allowed the people to get around the
brutally strict printed paper transport bans and just print 
pamphlets and brochures locally off easily transported floppies.

IBM created a lot of good will and a lot of future business
with that smart move. Microoft is doing the opposite.

Expect a lot of good Linux software to come out of Russia
in the next ten years!

Have FUN!
DearWebby

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An INTERNATIONAL BONEHEAD AWARD and goes to a couple in Tacoma, Washington Couple ws burned while siphoning gas A woman was burned Wednesday night while trying to siphon gas from a Salvation Army van, Tacoma police said. Paramedics took the 20-year-old woman to Harborview Medical Center in Seattle for treatment, police spokesman Mark Fulghum said. A witness called police shortly after 10:30 p.m. Wednesday after seeing a man and a woman trying to siphon gas from a Salvation Army van parked in a church parking lot at 1110 Puget Sound Ave. The witness walked over to get a better view and startled the two, Fulghum said. “Moments later, fire erupted,” Fulghum said. The van, a nearby vehicle and the two would-be gas thieves caught fire. The woman ran toward the witness, who told her to drop and roll. The woman didn’t comply, and the witness used a garden hose to douse the flames, Fulghum said. The man was able to extinguish his flames. He and stayed for a short time and talked to witnesses, but fled before police arrived, Fulghum said. Tacoma firefighters put out the remaining flames, which damaged the van and nearby vehicle. Paramedics took the woman to Harborview. A Tacoma police officer went to the hospital but was unable to talk to the woman, Fulghum said. Her injuries were not considered life-threatening. The woman could face charges related to the gas theft and fire when released from the hospital, Fulghum said. What caused the fire is under investigation, he said.
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A new miracle doctor was in town. He could cure anything and anybody, and everyone was amazed with what he can do. Everyone except for Mr. Smith, the town grouch. So Mr. Smith went to this 'miracle doctor' to prove that he wasn't anybody special. "Hey, doc, I have lost my sense of taste. I can't taste nothin', so what are ya goin' to do?" The doctor scratches his head and mumbles to himself a little, then tells Mr. Smith, "What you need is jar number 43." Jar number 43? Mr. Smith wonders. So the doctor brings the jar and tells Mr. Smith to taste it. He tastes it and immediately spits it out, "This is gross!" he yells. "I just restored your sense of taste Mr. Smith," says the doctor. That will be $100. So Mr. Smith goes home very mad. One month later, Mr. Smith goes back to the doctor along with a new problem, "Doc," he starts, "I can't remember!" The doctor scratches his head and mumbles to himself a little and tells Mr. Smith: "What you need is jar number 43..." Before the doctor finished his sentence, Mr. Smith fled the office.
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Two husbands, Bill and Doug, were discussing their married lives. Although happily married, they admitted that there were argument sometimes. Then Bill said, "I've made one great discovery. I now know how to always have the last word." "Wow!" said Doug, "How do you manage that?" "It's easy," replied Bill. "My last words are always 'Yes, Dear.'"

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