Microsoft Idiotic, Duplicitous

The recent case of Kai-Fu Lee, a Microsoft VP who dared to leave MS for Google has a temporary conclusion:

A former Microsoft Corp. executive who defected to Google Inc. cannot immediately perform the job Google hired him to do, a judge ruled Thursday, saying Microsoft has a well-grounded fear that leaked trade secrets could hurt its business.

Whenever this happens I’m stunned by the arrogance of employers who, unsatisfied with exchanging compensation for services rendered, seem to think they can dictate the course of their employees’ lives.

In the case of Microsoft it is particularly galling, both because of their bullying attitude in the marketplace and because they seem to think that they are above the standards set for others. Witness what MS did to Borland the late 1990s, as reported on

Borland claims that in the past 30 months, Microsoft has hired 34 of the ailing software developer’s key employees by offering “large signing bonuses of several millions of dollars and other incentives.”

The suit claims that many of those former employees now hold strategic positions at Microsoft that mirror their former roles at Borland. Yocam said Microsoft is targeting key employees who can use their knowledge to improve Microsoft’s products.

(Borland attorney) Yocam maintains that Microsoft is luring personnel away with huge signing bonuses, some in excess of $1 million. “They have the audacity to send limos to Borland’s headquarters to take Borland employees out to lunch.

When this was occuring, Borland was clearly beating Microsoft in the software development tools market. Within a very short time, their products were irrelevant.

Et tu, Steve B.? You learned your lesson, but turnabout is fair play.

Our Next President?

If Bill Frist becomes President, would we start calling him “Slick Willie”, too? I’d never heard of the guy until Trent Lott made the P.C. crowd made by praising Strom Thurmond, but now Frist’s taking on W on stem cell research! Says Jill Zuckman of the Chicago Tribune.

Senate Majority Leader Bill Frist’s announcement Friday that he would support federal funding of embryonic stem cell research sparked outrage among Christian conservatives and may signal a rift within the Republican Party in advance of the 2008 elections.

Good for you, Bill. Much as the moral minority likes to keep things static, there are times that we simply have to move ahead or become irrelevant. This is one of them.

Turnabout is Fair Play

Prairie View A&M, a Texas college primarily attended by black students, is feeling the pain of integration.

I have to laugh at this section:

As more white and Hispanic students are attending Prairie View A&M, reflecting a trend at the nation’s 120 historically black colleges and universities, there is a sense that the land-grant institution is changing its identity.

“Basically, we’ve lost our soul,” said Hendrik Maison, who served as student body president for two years before graduating last December. “It’s not a black institution anymore. It’s an institution with a lot of black people.”

Cry me a river, pal, and welcome to the world of equality. Like it? I thought not…

What exactly is wrong with the idea of different groups of people having their own institutions? Socialistic concerns aside, we are all different, with unique interests. Homogenization sterilizes, sometimes more than it should.