Sunday, August 14, 2011

Bullshit Monopolies

Thinking back from the 1990's to now...

Who FORCED anyone to buy Windows over other operating systems?  Did we not have access to buying OS/2, Mac, UNIX (one of a hundred flavors) or Linux?

Who FORCED anyone to buy Office?  Did we not have WordPerfect and later: OpenOffice?  Star Office?

Who FORCED anyone to use IE?  Did we not have Netscape, AOL, Firefox, Opera, Chrome and Safari?

Who FORCED anyone to use Google?  Did we not have Alta Vista, Excite, Lycos, Ask Jeeves, BigFoot, Web Crawler, Yahoo!, AOL and Bing?

Where the hell do these lawyers fish up people to file major law suits claiming they had no choices?  I don't get it.  I see Microsoft is building a consortium to file suit against Google search as being an unfair monopoly.  Wow.  So, apparently they've thrown in the towel on Bing having what it takes to draw customers away from Google.  I especially love it when my "free market" colleagues argue in favor of this practice, effectively admitting that a "free market" can't decide on its own and therefore requires government/legal intervention to correct bad behavior.  My how times have changed.

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