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Microsoft says La Familia drug cartel is selling bootleg Office software
Los Angeles Times ^ | 2/5/11 | Nathan Olivarez-Giles

Posted on 02/05/2011 1:31:51 PM PST by NormsRevenge

La Familia drug cartel is selling not just drugs, but also counterfeit Microsoft Office computer software, according the Redmond, Wash., tech giant.

Microsoft showed off unauthorized copies of its Office 2007 software in Paris today which the company said it found for sale in Mexico. The pirated copies of Office were marked with La Familia cartel's rectangular "FMM" logo that the Microsoft says proves the link between the counterfeiting and the organized crime group, according to a Bloomberg report.

"This is the real side, the scary side of counterfeiting and it plagues the world," said David Finn, Microsoft's associate general counsel for anti-piracy, according to Bloomberg.

Finn displayed the bootleg Microsoft software Friday at the Global Congress on Combating Counterfeiting and Piracy, the report said.

The International Chamber of Commerce said at the Paris event that, in the 20 nations that make up the G-20, the value of counterfeit and pirated goods was an estimated $650 million in 2008, according to Bloomberg.

That number is expected to rise to about $1.77 trillion by 2015, the report said.

(Excerpt) Read more at latimesblogs.latimes.com ...


TOPICS: Business/Economy; Crime/Corruption; Mexico; US: Washington
KEYWORDS: bootleg; drugcartel; lafamilia; microsoft; omfg; pirates; selling; software

1 posted on 02/05/2011 1:31:54 PM PST by NormsRevenge
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To: NormsRevenge

Hey Bill Gates!!! Those drug cartels are made up of mostly poor people. Consider those bootleg products your contribution to “social justice!” Crybaby!


2 posted on 02/05/2011 1:33:54 PM PST by avacado
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To: NormsRevenge

Obviously, Microsoft is “racist”, targeting Mexicans like that.....why, even the Border Patrol can’t do that!


3 posted on 02/05/2011 1:34:15 PM PST by traditional1 ("Don't gotsta worry 'bout no mo'gage, don't gotsta worry 'bout no gas; Obama gonna take care o' me!)
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To: NormsRevenge

The more my enemies use Microsoft products, the more advantages Apple and Unix/etc users have.

Heh.


4 posted on 02/05/2011 1:34:28 PM PST by Da Coyote
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To: NormsRevenge

lol Let’s see.... these guys can import metric tons of cocaine into our country un-abated, and Micro soft wants to stop a dvd or a link? it would be more reasonable for MS to buy out the cartel...


5 posted on 02/05/2011 1:38:05 PM PST by Walkingfeather
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To: NormsRevenge
I can see it now:

“Gimme two keys of the Cancun mild, two keys of the Mexican brown, and about a dozen copies of Office.”

Windows 7 compatible higher highs and better buys, from Dealer McDope.

6 posted on 02/05/2011 1:40:25 PM PST by Rashputin (Barry is totally insane and being kept medicated and on golf courses to hide the fact)
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To: NormsRevenge

That’s the last straw!


7 posted on 02/05/2011 1:42:02 PM PST by MichiganConservative (Terrorists don't commit genocide. That's what governments do.)
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To: NormsRevenge

So, if Bill Gates decided he REALLY wanted to take the cartels out, could he?


8 posted on 02/05/2011 1:42:07 PM PST by freedumb2003 (The TOTUS-reader is a Judas Goat, leading the American sheeple to the slaugherhouse /Parmy)
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To: NormsRevenge

Just two criminal organizations in competiton !


9 posted on 02/05/2011 1:47:19 PM PST by SecondAmendment (Restoring our Republic at 9.8357x10^8 FPS)
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To: NormsRevenge

Bill Gates is a globalist open borders liberal.

But just like every other open borders liberal, he is reaping the consequences of his own myopia.

Gates would replace his entire American workforce if he could with cheap labor from India—and routinely lobbies congress for that right.

He doesn’t care if foreigners steal American jobs, so why should anybody care that the Mexicans are stealing his software?


10 posted on 02/05/2011 2:05:50 PM PST by radpolis (Liberals: You will never find a more wretched hive of scum and villainy)
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To: freedumb2003

>> So, if Bill Gates decided he REALLY wanted to take the cartels out, could he?

Of course he could! Have you ever tried to run an enterprise, criminal or otherwise, on Vista?


11 posted on 02/05/2011 2:11:49 PM PST by Nervous Tick (Trust in God, but row away from the rocks!)
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To: avacado
Hey Bill Gates!!! Those drug cartels are made up of mostly poor people. Consider those bootleg products your contribution to “social justice!”

LOL, Yeah Bill, would you rather have the cartels dealing in drugs, with the associated violence, or merely copying software?

12 posted on 02/05/2011 2:14:21 PM PST by Pearls Before Swine (/s, in case you need to ask)
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To: avacado
Hey Bill Gates!!! Those drug cartels are made up of mostly poor people. Consider those bootleg products your contribution to “social justice!”

LOL, Yeah Bill, would you rather have the cartels dealing in drugs, with the associated violence, or merely copying software?

13 posted on 02/05/2011 2:14:28 PM PST by Pearls Before Swine (/s, in case you need to ask)
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To: Nervous Tick

>>Of course he could! Have you ever tried to run an enterprise, criminal or otherwise, on Vista?<<

Game, set and match! :)


14 posted on 02/05/2011 2:15:40 PM PST by freedumb2003 (The TOTUS-reader is a Judas Goat, leading the American sheeple to the slaugherhouse /Parmy)
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To: freedumb2003

Pretty sure that Washington DC politicians will get a lot more jacked about MS losing profits than they are about small farmers being overrun by illegals.


15 posted on 02/05/2011 2:18:39 PM PST by Richard Kimball
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To: Pearls Before Swine
LOL, Yeah Bill, would you rather have the cartels dealing in drugs, with the associated violence, or merely copying software?

Uh, let's see: MS Office loss of sale costs Bill a couple of hundred bucks. Drug sales don't cost MS anything. Yeah, he'd rather have the cartels selling drugs.

16 posted on 02/05/2011 2:20:46 PM PST by Richard Kimball
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To: NormsRevenge
Fence 1.0


Today is a good day to die.
I didn't say for whom.

17 posted on 02/05/2011 2:36:24 PM PST by The Comedian (Muslim Brotherhood = A.N.S.W.E.R = Soros = Obama)
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To: NormsRevenge
Bill Gates backs Obama team
18 posted on 02/05/2011 2:39:21 PM PST by MamaDearest
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To: NormsRevenge

Sorry Bill, Libertarians will not stand for a war on bootleg software.


19 posted on 02/05/2011 2:43:01 PM PST by bmwcyle (It is Satan's fault)
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To: The Comedian
Fence 1.0

Fence climbing by Bill avoids the topic of training unemployed American workers for "high tech" jobs. In these tough economic times, it would see Bill could find LOTS and LOTS of unemployed American workers to fill those jobs. Part of the "management" problem is they don't want to expend any time "training" skilled Americans for that work or paying them living wages.

Bill Gates: Tight immigration leads to outsourcing

Allowing more foreigners to work in the US would not steal jobs away from Americans. Instead, it would create more jobs for Americans. That's what Bill Gates told Congress today when he urged lawmakers to increase the number of visas available for high-skilled immigrants. The 65,000 H-1B visas granted this year were snatched up in one day, and Gates believes that the tight controls force companies to outsource jobs overseas.

20 posted on 02/05/2011 2:51:36 PM PST by MamaDearest
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To: MamaDearest
Fence climbing by Bill avoids the topic of training unemployed American workers for "high tech" jobs. In these tough economic times, it would see Bill could find LOTS and LOTS of unemployed American workers to fill those jobs. Part of the "management" problem is they don't want to expend any time "training" skilled Americans for that work or paying them living wages.

You don't just take a dude with no skills off the street and train him to write code. If these dudes had any of the 'skills' you mention, they wouldn't be unemployed.

21 posted on 02/05/2011 2:55:49 PM PST by SeeSac
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To: SeeSac
You don't just take a dude with no skills off the street and train him to write code. If these dudes had any of the 'skills' you mention, they wouldn't be unemployed.

I never said "some dude off the street would qualify for these jobs." I've talked to some highly skilled programmers who wouldn't agree with you. Like I said before employers want specific code language skills and are unwilling to train those (who are already programmers) who could easily learn and are already here and desperate for jobs.

22 posted on 02/05/2011 3:08:05 PM PST by MamaDearest
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To: NormsRevenge

Hey GatesCo®... good luck with that!

Mexico can’t even keep up with their own issues - from drugs, to absolute corruption at every level. For that matter, the MExican government probably uses some of LaFamilia’s pirated software!

MExico has bigger issues than your crappy software, Microsoft. Get over it (and no, I don’t condone pirating even crappy software).


23 posted on 02/05/2011 3:11:17 PM PST by TheBattman (They exchanged the truth about God for a lie and worshiped and served the creature...)
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To: NormsRevenge

Microsoft says La Familia drug cartel is selling bootleg Office software which can be used for rebooting


24 posted on 02/05/2011 3:12:35 PM PST by bunkerhill7
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To: MamaDearest

Microsoft software is developed predominantly in C++.


25 posted on 02/05/2011 3:24:47 PM PST by gcraig (Freedom isn't free)
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To: NormsRevenge

The only way to prevent this is to ban the use and possession of Office software.


26 posted on 02/05/2011 3:31:22 PM PST by seowulf ("If you write a whole line of zeroes, it's still---nothing"...Kira Alexandrovna Argounova)
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To: NormsRevenge
Cross the border with drugs, murder thousands of innocent citizens with impunity, take thousands of job that Americans need during this depression. It's ok, no, really! In fasct, this administration "welcomes" you!

But violate a darned copyright and you've crossed the line!

27 posted on 02/05/2011 3:43:53 PM PST by Caipirabob ( Communists... Socialists... Democrats...Traitors... Who can tell the difference?)
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To: NormsRevenge

OK Bill Whackem Out!!


28 posted on 02/05/2011 3:45:19 PM PST by Anti-Bubba182
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To: NormsRevenge

Meh.

Microsoft has been taking results from Google and presenting them as being from Bing.

If Microsoft doesn’t like their product being stolen, maybe they should stop stealing products from other companies.

Just a thought.

http://news.cnet.com/8301-30685_3-20030206-264.html


29 posted on 02/05/2011 4:43:49 PM PST by mountainbunny
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To: NormsRevenge

I dont know whether to laugh out loud or laugh louder!.....


30 posted on 02/05/2011 7:18:19 PM PST by Red Badger (Whenever these vermin call you an 'idiot', you can be sure that you are doing something right.)
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To: The Comedian

It has security issues.....


31 posted on 02/05/2011 7:20:54 PM PST by Red Badger (Whenever these vermin call you an 'idiot', you can be sure that you are doing something right.)
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To: NormsRevenge

I smell a tequila summit.


32 posted on 02/05/2011 7:24:36 PM PST by rabidralph (...Because you never know how far you can run unless you run.--Penny Chenery, Owner, Secretariat)
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To: Red Badger
It has security issues.....

Those are undocumented features.

Next...


Today is a good day to die.
I didn't say for whom.

33 posted on 02/05/2011 8:07:39 PM PST by The Comedian (Muslim Brotherhood = A.N.S.W.E.R = Soros = Obama)
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To: The Comedian

It’s been hacked....


34 posted on 02/05/2011 8:08:28 PM PST by Red Badger (Whenever these vermin call you an 'idiot', you can be sure that you are doing something right.)
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To: NormsRevenge

Finding innovative ways to get your products into the hands of users is the ultimate responsibility of the CEO....congratulations to Bill on this new way to market Office during a period of low demand.

They always said Bill was a genius....Balmer I’m not so sure of!!


35 posted on 02/09/2011 5:48:26 PM PST by HardStarboard (I'm sure George and Dick had quiet smiles while watching the election results!)
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