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Congrats to all who voted against SOPA. I and my site http://www.usemeplz.com protested anywhere we could. But now ACTA is going to sign by presidents of U.S., EU, Japan, Australia, Canada, South Korea, Mexico, Morocco, New Zealand, Singapore and Switzerland. It's awful, because the development of this agreement was carried out in secret, without public consultation.
Microsoft can't sell their products? Really? I'm sure Sony would love to sell as many Playstations as Microsoft sells Xbox's. I'm sure Nintendo would love to be selling Wii's as fast as Kinects. I'm sure Apple would love to sell as many copies of OS X (i.e., Macs) as Windows 7. Google would probably like to get paid for Google Docs, but they give it away and still have a fraction of the market share Office has. Bing is gaining search engine share as it chips away at Google's.

Google does a lot of things really well, too. So does Apple. But you people who are stuck in this 1998 mindset look increasingly stuck in the past as time goes on. I suppose you think Ford can't make a good car or CBS only makes shows for old people and McDonald's has bad coffee.

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