Steve Ballmer vs. Spider-Woman

Plenty of people in the computing industry accuse Microsoft of evil behavior. And they could be right, if a 1980 Spider-Woman comic book from Marvel Comics is anything to judge by.


The cover of the comic book shows Spider-Woman imperiled by a large rotating saw blade. But more deadly than the blade, we are warned, is a man who looks remarkably like Microsoft Chief Executive Steve Ballmer. Not only that, but 1980 is the year Ballmer joined Microsoft.

Microsoft defenders can take heart that while the Ballmer-like character might be deadly, there's no indication that he is as malevolent as Mephisto or Shuma-gorath.

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Stephen Shankland has been a reporter at CNET since 1998 and covers browsers, Web development, digital photography and new technology. In the past he has been CNET's beat reporter for Google, Yahoo, Linux, open-source software, servers and supercomputers. He has a soft spot in his heart for standards groups and I/O interfaces.


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