Selling Linux to Windows Users
kjetil1001 at gmail.com
Thu Dec 11 17:04:32 UTC 2008
On Tue, Dec 9, 2008 at 15:59, Derek Broughton <news at pointerstop.ca> wrote:
> Matthew Flaschen wrote:
>> Derek Broughton wrote:
>>> Monopoly _is_ a low-life business act, which is why
>>> even the heartl of capitalism, the USA, has laws against it
>>> (toothless, true, but laws all the same).
>> Actually, it's perfectly legal to have a monopoly, as long as you
>> don't commit ant-competitive acts to acquire or maintain it.
> That's splitting hairs of the finest kind, since it's really _difficult_ to
> have a monopoly without being anti-competitive.
That is not splitting hairs. I prefer (in calculators) a calculator with
reverse polish notation (RPN). Those are expensive because only
HP makes them. But HP did nothing to monopolize the market,
every maker is free to make RPN calculators. Until they do, I
will have to pay HP's heavy price.
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