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To: kingu
Microsoft had a monopoly? Again, not at all - Microsoft benefited from bad competition, time and time again.

"Bad competition"? LOL. I guess when the Microsoft legal, PR and cutthroat monopolistic infrastructure machine successfully undermined and sabotaged those who dared innovate as undefended startups, one could refer to those many, many, MANY victims as "bad competition."

If, that is, one was an acid-drooling THING, rather than a human being.

Or a lawyer.

9 posted on 05/11/2011 9:10:55 PM PDT by Talisker (When you find a turtle on top of a fence post, you can be damn sure it didn't get there on its own.)
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To: Talisker
"Bad competition"? LOL. I guess when the Microsoft legal, PR and cutthroat monopolistic infrastructure machine successfully undermined and sabotaged those who dared innovate as undefended startups, one could refer to those many, many, MANY victims as "bad competition."

Utter propaganda. Where was the lawsuits against Word Perfect? The largest business word processor during the 1980's. What happened to Lotus 1-2-3, the biggest spreadsheet program for business? DBASE, FOXBASE? Come on, put up the evidence to back up your empty statements... OH, and big oil is holding back the ultra-special carburetor that will guarantee 100 miles per gallon for your F350 pickup..

Word Perfect and Lotus self destructed from greed, changing their licensing schemes and refused to migrate to Windows until it was too late, DBASE died under it's massive corporate overhead, FOXBASE launched a horribly buggy Windows compiler which they refused to fix. What about Borland? The compiler that built so much of the software? Again, it decided to include a paper on how to get to DOS to run the system, and implemented a horrid semi-windowed system that had probably the worst cut and paste ever, and then later decided to recommend that people use notepad to write their code in, and then use shortcuts to run the DOS compiler.

None of these companies were sued out of existence by the mythical legions of Microsoft lawyers. Apple, on the other hand, was quite diligent about suing just about anyone who breathed near their systems. Such as their most recent lawsuits against Amazon for daring to use the phrase 'appstore' for their...application store.

11 posted on 05/11/2011 9:34:25 PM PDT by kingu (Legislators should read what they write!)
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