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Great, I'll be able to... (4, Funny)

Brad1138 (590148) | more than 7 years ago | (#18789777)

Afford a PS3... Oh, you said "Purchased", nevermind.

Re:Great, I'll be able to... (1)

Rukie (930506) | more than 7 years ago | (#18789837)

I'm curious how many people will take the 16 bucks. I'm more curious as to whether or not Microsoft will pay up immediately, and how many checks/letters will be undelivered.

Re:Great, I'll be able to... (1)

encoderer (1060616) | more than 7 years ago | (#18791311)

Oh come on.. they're not going to cheat people out of $16 measly dollars. They've got no reason to. They've got billions and billions in the bank and the consequences of not complying is just not worth it.

Re:Great, I'll be able to... (2)

sortius_nod (1080919) | more than 7 years ago | (#18792013)

hahaha, what consequences? M$ could walk through a shit storm and not get a drop on them, they're going to double screw Iowa I reckon.

Re:Great, I'll be able to... (1)

HTH NE1 (675604) | more than 7 years ago | (#18798129)

"Pay to the order of: Iron Balls McGinty... sixteen dollars and NINE CENTS!"

Twofo (-1, Troll)

Anonymous Coward | more than 7 years ago | (#18789787)

http://www.twofo.co.uk [goatse.ch] [twofo.co.uk]

Finally getting money from M$ (1)

alexjohnc3 (915701) | more than 7 years ago | (#18789791)

No proof of purchase required! Now I can finally get some money from Microsoft! I'm going to Iowa just so I can get this cash from M$.

Re:Finally getting money from M$ (1)

purpleraison (1042004) | more than 7 years ago | (#18789981)

This needs to happen all over the U.S. in order to bring change to Microsoft and its tactics.

Re:Finally getting money from M$ (1)

renegadesx (977007) | more than 7 years ago | (#18790359)

I am pretty sure your fuel costs will be much higher than $16

Re:Finally getting money from M$ (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 7 years ago | (#18791399)

But I bought a copy of DOS/Windows and Office every day of those 12 years. And I want my $200,000 - "no proof of purchase required!"

Re:Finally getting money from M$ (1)

shaitand (626655) | more than 7 years ago | (#18793629)

You missed the fine print, no proof of purchase required up to $100

Another detail of the settlement (2, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | more than 7 years ago | (#18789797)

Iowa will provide Microsoft with 1 million ears of corn per year for the next 10 years.

Re:Another detail of the settlement (1)

DiEx-15 (959602) | more than 7 years ago | (#18792839)

Yes you are right! Because Iowa is the black hole of Technology and IT Jobs! Where am I? You guessed it! The paleolithic BFing nowhere state itself - IOWA.

_____
"It's not the fact you fail that makes you an idiot. It's the number of times you repeatedly do it before you realize it won't work that makes you an idiot!"

Re:Another detail of the settlement (1)

StikyPad (445176) | more than 7 years ago | (#18864177)

So they traded .000000001% of Iowa's corn for .000000001% of Microsoft's earnings?

(Actually, according to this [hpj.com] , Iowa produced 2.16B bushels of corn in 2005. An average bushel is 90,000 kernels, and an average ear produces ~500 kernels, so that's 180 ears per bushel, or ~390B ears of corn produced. So 1M ears would be ~0.00026% of Iowa's yearly production.)

In soviet Iowa... (0, Redundant)

sakdoctor (1087155) | more than 7 years ago | (#18789801)

In soviet Iowa you monopolize Microsoft.

Re:In soviet Iowa... (0, Offtopic)

Cassius Corodes (1084513) | more than 7 years ago | (#18789835)

Must there be soviet jokes in every post :(

Re:In soviet Iowa... (0, Offtopic)

slayermet420 (1053520) | more than 7 years ago | (#18789877)

I think it's a rule. Pretty sure I saw it once.

Part of the Karma Burns (1)

drachenstern (160456) | more than 7 years ago | (#18794095)

Rule: Every post must have at least one AC post a "In Soviet ____ ____s you!1!!1 one"

See the FAQ if you believe me.

Re:Part of the Karma Burns (1)

MrManny (1026106) | more than 7 years ago | (#18794477)

In Soviet Russia, the FAQ sees YOU! There. Fixed it for you. Now this article and its comments are 101% ./ conforming.

Re:In soviet Iowa... (0, Troll)

techno-vampire (666512) | more than 7 years ago | (#18790037)

Must there be soviet jokes in every post :(


Of course. In Soviet Union, jokes write you! Not only that, they surround you with ponies; lots and lots of pink ponies. OMG!!! PONIES!!!!

Re:In soviet Iowa... (2)

Ash-Fox (726320) | more than 7 years ago | (#18793157)

Must there be soviet jokes in every post :(
You must be new here...

Website for application of refund? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 7 years ago | (#18789809)

Iowan here. Anyone know the website to file online?

Re:Website for application of refund? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 7 years ago | (#18790779)

same here. i want to give them a big where's my money bitches?!

Re:Website for application of refund? (1)

jfandre (530404) | more than 7 years ago | (#18791385)

The lawsuit has it's own website: http://www.iowasoftwaresuit.com/ [iowasoftwaresuit.com] My wife are already planning a little mini-vacation with our money.

Re:Website for application of refund? (1)

BigFoot48 (726201) | more than 7 years ago | (#18791547)

There is one, but it crashed.

Cool! My turn! (4, Funny)

mcrbids (148650) | more than 7 years ago | (#18789821)

I can prove that I bought a copy of Windows 98! My registration key is

FCKGW....

Re:Cool! My turn! (2, Funny)

Mayhem178 (920970) | more than 7 years ago | (#18790503)

FCKGW-RHQQ2-YXRKT-8TG6W-2B7Q8

Christ, is it bad that I can recite that from memory?

(Joke-buster: this is a Windows XP VLK, not a Windows 98 key)

Re:Cool! My turn! (4, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | more than 7 years ago | (#18790845)

I used to work for Gateway, Win XP CD's with product keys beginning with FCKGW were our reward for going through the XP training back in the day (Pre-launch). We were wondering if Microsoft was trying to tell us something with those 5 letters...

Re:Cool! My turn! (1)

freedom_india (780002) | more than 7 years ago | (#18795457)

F*ck GW?
But how did they know the war would be so badly done...

Re:Cool! My turn! (1)

shaitand (626655) | more than 7 years ago | (#18793661)

You used a key for 98se? I had a patched copy that literally installed without a keycode. In a tech shop we had to reinstall win98se constantly, as long as we knew the customer owned a valid license we didn't need to get them to find their code.

If we did find the code, it takes 20 seconds to put it in the registry. A good way to get around the restrictions on OEM copies as well. Most of those restrictions are technical, not legal.

Re:Cool! My turn! (1)

antdude (79039) | more than 7 years ago | (#18791433)

That's for XP, not 98. :)

Re:Cool! My turn! (1)

aybiss (876862) | more than 7 years ago | (#18794983)

Yes I've owned about a thousand of those in my time. I'd like my $16,000 please. I also 'own' numerous educational and corporate editions of Office. Are those worth more?

Re:Cool! My turn! (1)

0kComputer (872064) | more than 7 years ago | (#18800065)

I might be dating myself here but anyone remember 11111-11111-11111-11111?

Re:Cool! My turn! (1)

Verteiron (224042) | more than 7 years ago | (#18800369)

I know that used to work for Visual Studio. Did it ever work for Windows, too?

Re:Cool! My turn! (1)

DarkMantle (784415) | more than 7 years ago | (#18808071)

Actually it was either....

Ten Digit
111-1111111

Eleven Digit
1112-1111111

Worked with ANY microsoft product that was asking for a 10 or 11 digit product code. Worked for VS, Office 97, etc...

Iowa residents only? (1)

davebo357 (730081) | more than 7 years ago | (#18789823)

You don't need proof of purchase? Do you need to show ID that you live in Iowa? If not, that'd almost be worth a road trip for all the win95 and 98 licenses I've got collecting dust.

Good idea... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 7 years ago | (#18789919)

"Now I can finally get some money from Microsoft!"

Now there is a domain name [moneyfrommicrosoft.com] just begging to be turned loose :)

Well, there is a downside to all this ... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 7 years ago | (#18789923)

Well, there is a downside to all this, you have to be in Iowa.

I grew up in Nebraska and did a bunch of long distance biking in Iowa http://www.ragbrai.org/ [ragbrai.org] - WHAT A PARTY!!! Go, go now.

The Tulip Festival http://www.orangecityiowa.com/ [orangecityiowa.com] in Orange City is a bunch of fun too!

BRAN http://www.bran-inc.org/ [bran-inc.org] , while fun, was never as good as RAGBRAI!

And file for your MS rebates.

Re:Well, there is a downside to all this ... (1)

KlomDark (6370) | more than 7 years ago | (#18790013)

cool, my wife lived in c.b. during that time!

ragbrai is cool - go Team Angry! I've never tried it but like biking on the wabash trace

Re:Well, there is a downside to all this ... (0, Offtopic)

FatAlb3rt (533682) | more than 7 years ago | (#18791055)

we off-routed on the wabash a few years back when it started out of glenwood. lance is riding the whole week this year - not sure how i feel about him using it as a pedestal. i don't recommend you try ragbrai...unless you plan on taking a vacation every july from here on. :) team bad monkey - out...

Re:Well, there is a downside to all this ... (1)

VultureMN (116540) | more than 7 years ago | (#18793833)

Cool. I'm a CB native. Living in Seattle now; I don't mind visiting the hometown, although I'd go nuts if I moved back. :)

Iowa's not a bad state to grow up in, but they're kind of screwing themselves: They have a pretty good education system, so a lot of the kids that grow up there wind up moving out of state to find jobs.

At the rate it's going, in 30 years I expect there'll be nothing left but Perkins restaurants, horizon to horizon, filled with old people for the 5pm dinner special.

(that and factory farms, of course)

Re:Well, there is a downside to all this ... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 7 years ago | (#18800469)

Kinda interesting that the originating post for this thread isn't shown by default even when 3 replies exist.
Hummmmm. /. = censorship?

You are correct about the public schools in Iowa and Nebraska. My high school had 96% go on to college. It really was an amazing school, but we never had international trips like all the folks where I live now did. I've lived all over the states and notice the parents are parents in the mid-west outside BIG cities. We live in Atlanta now, and there are very few parents telling their kids, "no." Or "we can't afford that", or "when you are older, you can." Too many parents want to be "friends" with their kids, before they turn 25.

What about upgrades? (1, Interesting)

Anonymous Coward | more than 7 years ago | (#18789927)

DOS->Win95->Win98->Win2k->WinXP is $80 dollars but ditch one, claim $29 for office and use the vouchers to purchase parallels for Mac :-) They should offer a special bundle of desktop and compressor for the $93 settlement.

Or are the vouchers only redeemable against MS software?

Re:What about upgrades? (1)

frdmfghtr (603968) | more than 7 years ago | (#18792757)

DOS->Win95->Win98->Win2k->WinXP is $80 dollars but ditch one, claim $29 for office and use the vouchers to purchase parallels for Mac :-) They should offer a special bundle of desktop and compressor for the $93 settlement.

Why waste MS's money when Desktop comes with Compressor?

All claims will be verified by WGA. (1)

140Mandak262Jamuna (970587) | more than 7 years ago | (#18789939)

As a confirmed OO user, I dont think I will get any money. But hey two PCs I bought had 30 day trial version of the software. Does it count? May be MSFT will say, ok how about a Stored Value Card with 16$ in it that expires in 30 days ;-)

messed up rss feed (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 7 years ago | (#18789941)

Why oh why does every story in the RSS feed have "Read more of this story at Slashdot.Read more of this story at Slashdot.Read more of this story at Slashdot"???

Re:messed up rss feed (1)

pahles (701275) | more than 7 years ago | (#18796043)

Because they want you to read more, more, more!!!

BTW: My feed isn't messed up. Get a decent RSS reader!

Settle != guilty (3, Insightful)

psaunders (1069392) | more than 7 years ago | (#18790043)

Now remember kids, the mere action of settling does not technically constitute any kind of admission on Microsoft's part. More accurately, the state of Iowa caught Microsoft and their lawyers on a day when they were feeling generous.

In all seriousness though, how does something like this happen? Will other states follow suit (pun partially intended) for similar benefits?

you misunderstand this case (3, Informative)

RelliK (4466) | more than 7 years ago | (#18790499)

Now remember kids, the mere action of settling does not technically constitute any kind of admission on Microsoft's part.

Iowa relied on the federal antitrust ruling of 2000 which already found Microsoft to be an abusive monopolist. The Iowa's case was only about how much Microsoft has to pay as a compensation for breaking antitrust laws.

Re:Settle != guilty (4, Informative)

Vulva R. Thompson, P (1060828) | more than 7 years ago | (#18790991)

Well, the Federal Government says that they absolutely, positively are a monopolist. And they were convicted so it's a forgone conclusion whether they admit to it or not.

California settled a year or two (or three) ago. I got a nice shiny check for $78 dollars just for filling out a single form and mailing it in. Didn't require many details beyond the number of copies purchased.

So if there are any Iowans out there, warm up your pens. It's worth doing, not to mention very satisfying.

Re:Settle != guilty (1)

Jeff Carr (684298) | more than 7 years ago | (#18800243)

So if there are any Iowans out there, warm up your pens. It's worth doing, not to mention very satisfying.

I agree wholeheartedly, starting now... Wait, you said pens!?! Ooohh... never mind, simple mistake.

Re:Settle != guilty (1)

wellingj (1030460) | more than 7 years ago | (#18807223)

odd....I just moved from MT to Iowa....
Apperently 'sticking it to the man' follows me where ever I go.....

Re:Settle != guilty (1)

Eddi3 (1046882) | more than 7 years ago | (#18809315)

I read that as "Warm up your penis."

Although, getting money from Microsoft does seem rather Orgasmic ;-)

iowaconsumercase.org (1)

SpaceLifeForm (228190) | more than 7 years ago | (#18791067)

No, Microsoft settled because the publicity was getting bad. Once settled, the website called iowaconsumercase.org was changed so that a bunch of damaging documents were hidden.

If I were to bet... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 7 years ago | (#18791221)

> In all seriousness though, how does something like this happen?

It had something to do with the plaintiffs giving the public at large easy access to all the damaging Microsoft strategy documents, where they detail how and why they were screwing their competitors and customers over. Those documents could spare other potential litigants a lot of trouble and expense in discovery, because they'd allow for a ready-made case against Microsoft.

Interestingly, the website they put up went down almost immediately after the settlement. Of course, there's now a perfectly legal torrent of the public documents over on the Pirate Bay. I suspect they didn't anticipate that. I understand that Groklaw is also planning to host them, too, in time.

rebate good towards your purchase of any version (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 7 years ago | (#18790073)

... of MS Office 2007, prices starting at $300.

Guys... Microsoft was FOUNDED by a second generation LAWYER/BUSINESSMAN!

Wow... (1)

Anonymous Freak (16973) | more than 7 years ago | (#18790091)

I wish I was in Iowa. I have original discs for at least a dozen copies of Windows, and almost as many copies of Office. I'm sure I even have receipts for at least half of those.

Re:Wow... (1)

nernie (1050594) | more than 7 years ago | (#18791297)

sell them on ebay for $10 and $20 respectively?

Re:Wow... (1)

Anonymous Freak (16973) | more than 7 years ago | (#18794263)

Yeah, but this money from Microsoft doesn't require me to sell my copies.

Re:Wow... (1)

pandrijeczko (588093) | more than 7 years ago | (#18794891)

Assuming you live in Iowa, you could claim you MS refund for each license, *THEN* sell each disk on eBay for between $10 and $20.

Profit!!!

Getting money from Microsoft.... (1)

3seas (184403) | more than 7 years ago | (#18790163)

... Seems to me people should start billing MS for any time and resources they have wasted in dealing with teh software, regardless of the double standard licensing. (we, MS, get everything and you get no garentee of anything)

Hey, they got off quite cheaply (1)

Opportunist (166417) | more than 7 years ago | (#18790265)

I mean, after all the suit was filed because MS abused their monopoly to charge more for their product than they're worth (or something along this lines). Ok, let's look at the competitive products.

MS-Office. Biggest competitor: Open Office. Price difference: Whatever MS-Office costs.

Windows. Biggest competitor: Well, since MacOS isn't available by itself (afaik), let's take Linux. Price difference... I think you get the idea.

Re:Hey, they got off quite cheaply (2, Insightful)

maxume (22995) | more than 7 years ago | (#18790367)

If Microsoft has monopoly power, they ain't equivalents. If they are equivalents, Microsoft ain't got a monopoly.

Re:Hey, they got off quite cheaply (2, Insightful)

644bd346996 (1012333) | more than 7 years ago | (#18791487)

Well, Microsoft has had a monopoly for far longer than any free operating system has been on par with desktop features. In the early and mid 90's, Microsoft was a monopoly. Microsoft has retained that monopoly even in the face of competition by erecting artificial barriers to switching away from MS. Microsoft has abused their monopoly position by willfully making it harder for users to migrate their data (and, to a lesser extent, programs) to other systems.

Because Microsoft has control over the data formats and protocols their products use, they are able to unfairly take away consumer freedom of choice.

Re:Hey, they got off quite cheaply (1)

maxume (22995) | more than 7 years ago | (#18792113)

My point was more that using software available now probably isn't the best way to put a value on behavior that occurred ten years ago.

Re:Hey, they got off quite cheaply (1)

RightSaidFred99 (874576) | more than 7 years ago | (#18792501)

Microsoft has retained that monopoly even in the face of competition by erecting artificial barriers to switching away from MS.

You misspelled "By adding these things called 'features'." Hope ths helps.

Re:Hey, they got off quite cheaply (1)

Opportunist (166417) | more than 7 years ago | (#18795931)

*sigh*

It's not a monopoly in the true sense. It is a market position that allows them to force their views and ideas onto the market and customers, colloquially called "monopoly".

Why is it that every time the MS "monopoly" is being discussed someone pipes in "but there are actually alternatives so it is no monopoly". If it smells like shit, it is shit. It has every quality of a monopoly, but maybe you'd have a better term for it that describes it more accurately without wrapping it in enough meaningless labels to make it look more pleasing and less threatening.

Re:Hey, they got off quite cheaply (1)

maxume (22995) | more than 7 years ago | (#18796191)

*even bigger sigh*

I was piping in that it doesn't make any sense to use comparisons between today's software to calculate the punishments for yesterday's behaviors. Especially if they aren't even equivalents yet.

(and basically yes, there is a better explanation for the success of Windows and Office: it's really cheap. Sure, software that is free is even cheaper, but as long as people have the perception that Windows is better for them, they will pay for it, because it is cheap. That Microsoft did every damn thing they could to influence that perception walks the line of abusing their market position, but I'm not sure it was monopoly abuse, even categorically, as a real monopolist would have removed its competition from the market, which they haven't done(even though they have pushed competitors out of the market))

Re:Hey, they got off quite cheaply (1)

Opportunist (166417) | more than 7 years ago | (#18796431)

Well, considering the trial, it seems they weren't cheap enough.

Re:Hey, they got off quite cheaply (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 7 years ago | (#18792677)

That would be a fine argument, however you're assuming OpenOffice is "worth" the same as MS Office, therefore the over-pricing is the total cost. Unfortunately for your case, there are very few individuals foolish enough to try and make the claim that OpenOffice has anywhere near the functionality of MS Office. If you actually believe that's the case, then clearly you've never used MS Office beyond basic word-processing.

Microsoft getting out easy... (-1, Offtopic)

Anonymous Coward | more than 7 years ago | (#18790423)

How many people still have their receipt for something they bought in 1994? Either Microsoft has good lawyers or Iowa is pretty stupid.

Re:Microsoft getting out easy... (2, Insightful)

Eric Damron (553630) | more than 7 years ago | (#18793047)

How is the parent post "off topic?"

He raises a good point. If part of the deal is you must produce the original license most people probably won't be able to do so. Microsoft would be getting off REALLY cheap.

Surely I don't need to say this but (2, Informative)

drachenstern (160456) | more than 7 years ago | (#18794159)

Businesses are "encouraged" to keep records for at least the past 7 tax/fiscal years. All financially related records.

The company I work for is a small (12 ppl) firm which resells computers with win2k and msofc 2k3. Therefore we truthfully have PoP for probably (say three+) hundreds of copies of each. That's about $45 * 300+ = $13k+? Too bad we're not in Iowa. That's just if we only had 300 PoPs, and I figure it's probably more than that, but I'm being conservative.

Hmmmm (1)

lundbergjordan (1087555) | more than 7 years ago | (#18790495)

Interesting to see how much some of those copies are, xp is still pretty pricey i believe and you only get 16 for it.

So what does this mean? (1)

i_wanna_be_a_scienti (1042298) | more than 7 years ago | (#18790893)

Does this mean that for older copies of windows, we get money for them? Do we have to send them in? Or do we just get paid for having bought older copies of windows?

Vouchers (1)

lilomar (1072448) | more than 7 years ago | (#18791053)

From TFA - Companies with multiple copies can seek vouchers that will enable them to buy computer equipment and software. I assume that means Microsoft hard/software. So how does this hurt Microsoft? Nothing like encouraging vendor lock-in.

Re:Vouchers (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 7 years ago | (#18800367)

Wrong. The vouchers can be used for various types of hardware or software products from *any* vendor, not just Microsoft.

Delicious irony (1)

Dachannien (617929) | more than 7 years ago | (#18791215)

Hilarious! It's almost like getting paid for using a ripped-off copy of Windows for all those years.

Lbi7ch (-1, Flamebait)

Anonymous Coward | more than 7 years ago | (#18791529)

compLetely b3fore

Read the article a little closer... (2, Informative)

jaygridley (1016588) | more than 7 years ago | (#18791639)

This was a class-action lawsuit not a state antitrust case. The only thing the State of Iowa had to do with it was that it was in the Iowa court system.

Nobody lives in Iowa (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 7 years ago | (#18792213)

0 people * $16 = 0

MS PR ploy (3, Insightful)

krbvroc1 (725200) | more than 7 years ago | (#18792689)

"Under the settlement, Microsoft will provide half of any unclaimed proceeds to the Iowa Department of Education to bridge the digital and technical divide in Iowa schools through the purchase of computer hardware and software."

Great...So the next generation can suffer too... This settlement is nothing more than an MS backdoor into the school system. Why use OSX or Linux when we have a pile of MS stuff here in this box...
100,000 copies of XP which will do longer be supported Dec 2008 anyone?

As a resident of Iowa (1, Insightful)

Anonymous Coward | more than 7 years ago | (#18793135)

I'm going to claim the money I am eligible for (two Windows and two copies of Office on two Dell laptops I bought) plus I'm going to claim the money the restaurant/bar I'm part owner of (5 copies of Windows and one copy of Office on the cash register computers and the server that runs them)

I'm also going to tell everyone I know about the site once it is up and make sure they go there and claim the money they are entitled to and tell them to tell their friends, etc. If word gets around and this is publicized enough on the local news which it really ought to be as it is free money for a couple minutes of work, hopefully there won't BE any unclaimed money.

Re:MS PR ploy (1)

PsychosisC (620748) | more than 7 years ago | (#18798503)

Why use OSX or Linux when we have a pile of MS stuff here in this box... 100,000 copies of XP which will do longer be supported Dec 2008 anyone?

The proceeds are monetary; they are not copies of Windows.

Re:MS PR ploy (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 7 years ago | (#18798899)

through the purchase of computer hardware and software
Unless you know some additioanl details, MS can simply purchase copies of Windows to satisfy this settlement.

Incredibly damaging revelations? (1)

PavementPizza (907876) | more than 7 years ago | (#18793699)

The revelations from that lawsuit, and the private emails and memos that were entered into the record and made available on the web, must have been incredibly damaging for Microsoft to be willing to make the case go away by paying actual cash. Remember, these things usually get settled for worthless coupons. It's possible the lawyers were about to subpoena evidence that Microsoft really isn't willing to expose to the light of day.

I'm From Iowa, So... (2, Insightful)

Slurgi (892128) | more than 7 years ago | (#18793759)

The question now is how do I file to get my refund? Is there any website with any sort of directions?

I hope... (1)

Graham J - XVI (1076671) | more than 7 years ago | (#18793819)

...every Iowan goes and gets something. Rape MS for all it's worth ;)

Yeah! (1)

jeffclay (1077679) | more than 7 years ago | (#18793927)

I get to buy a tank of gas... wait no I don't. Let see here, paid $200, get $16 back? I don't see exactly how this punishes Microsoft. I understand how there are a lot of people that use MS, and they'll end up paying a fairly large sum; but to each individual it doesn't even come close to how they were ripped off.

You misunderstand . . . (1)

drachenstern (160456) | more than 7 years ago | (#18794193)

You purchased a new copy of windows every other year between 96 and 06 so that's 7 copies but you're only filing for 6. My math comes up to $96 is due you.

Why every two years? Moore's law, of course. New computer, new license.

Mirror Here (2, Informative)

geggam (777689) | more than 7 years ago | (#18796139)

http://edge-op.org/iowa/ [edge-op.org]
I also have one but I am not about to publish it for a slashdotting.

Has to be cheap (1)

smchris (464899) | more than 7 years ago | (#18796541)

$19 for an OS? Not remembering offhand, I'm sure the Minnesota settlement was considerably more. MS bought my wife and I an Epson Store refurbished scanner, cheap HP inkjet and some surplus "Linux Store" linux keyboards on the basis of our OS purchases alone. And, mostly, I used OS/2 and other OSes during the settlement period.

How to apply for a claim under the settlement (1)

mtoal (160971) | more than 7 years ago | (#18798169)

From: http://www.iowasoftwaresuit.com/ [iowasoftwaresuit.com]

The Court has granted preliminary approval of the settlement. A hearing on final approval is scheduled for August 31, 2007.

To receive benefits, you must complete and return a Claim Form which will be available on this website beginning April 25, 2007. The deadline for mailing your Claim Form or submitting your Claim Form online is December 14, 2007 or 30 days after the Court grants Final Approval of the Settlement, whichever comes later.

Check back for additional information and updates.

Misread (1)

slapout (93640) | more than 7 years ago | (#18805019)

"Microsoft has settled the suit brought by the State of Iowa."

When I first glanced at that I misread it as

"Microsoft has bought the State of Iowa"

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