Should we trust .NET? (was Re: PHP vs. Python/comp.lang.php?)
tim at vegeta.ath.cx
Fri Nov 30 03:09:16 CET 2001
phil hunt <philh at comuno.freeserve.co.uk> graced us by uttering:
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> According to Microsoft, open source is un-American. And, also
> according to Microsoft, they are responsible for open source.
I invented software. So there. =P
> I guess Microsoft must be un-American.
Funny. DOJ decided the same thing. =)
My (short-short) argument:
Many say we should drop the suit because it's costing market
billions and billions of US$.
In a perfect economy with perfect competition (ie, if Microsoft
didn't have a monopoly), the trial wouldn't have cause this.
If a particular brand of VCR were to go out of business, would
the market lose billions of $$? No, chances are they'd just buy one
of the dozens of VCRs next to it on the shelf. _This_ is perfect
competition in a capitalist economy.
Another term, vital to perfect competition, introduced to Econ 101
students is "perfect knowledge", which is exactly what linux
I dunno. Perhaps you should be happy that I have a policy of refraining
from grumbling about handicapped operating systems. :-)
-- Larry Wall in <199808291719.KAA12244 at wall.org>
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