Re: Microsoft's Astounding Arrogance

From: Jeff Bone (
Date: Thu Apr 12 2001 - 13:03:26 PDT

"Adam L. Beberg" wrote:

> On Thu, 12 Apr 2001, Jeff Bone wrote:
> > This kind of thing is why you can't own app space and OS space.
> You can, and Microsoft does. End of story. And with king Bush running the
> show, it will stay that way at least another 4 years.

I misspoke. Sub "shouldn't be allowed to" for "can't." There's a lengthier
thread I've been holding back on about the apparent but actually nonexistent
contradiction between free market advocacy / capitalism and antitrust, based on
recent rereading and debugging of Alan Greenspan's antitrust essays in some of
Rand's books and elsewhere.

> We're in another wave of mass consolidation, so Microsoft will continue to
> own more and more of the app space almost daily. Microsoft won, and all the
> dot-com and /. kiddies in the world whining about it will not hurt them one
> bit, because Microsoft will just add anything useful to people that _BUY_
> things to WinXP.

I fear you are probably right in the short term. In the long-term, with
ecologies as the metaphor for economies, it's clear that permanent niche
domination is untenable.


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