[Linux-aus] (NOIE) `Microsoft schmoozes governments'

David Lloyd lloy0076 at adam.com.au
Thu Feb 20 04:51:01 UTC 2003


>     IN town for NOIE's open source seminar, Microsoft's most senior
>     female executive said government would be the big "schmooze" area
>     for the software giant going forward.

Apart from not saying anything and containing a flash plugin, just what
does gender have to do with? If this were, for example, someone like
Steve Ballmer [spelling], would we see "Microsoft's most senior male
exective"...I think not. And we certainly wouldn't see something like
"Microsoft's most senior black American executive"...

I'm not being politically correct--I'm sure that the executive is very
competent and got her job by merit--but it's amusing that the reporter
chose to emphasise this aspect.


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