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i don't feel that monopoly categorization is that important | 188 comments | Create New Account
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I feel that way too
Authored by: Wol on Sunday, August 12 2012 @ 12:43 PM EDT
But the problem, as we saw with Psystar, is that you can't define a company as
being a monopoly in its own products.

OS/X is an Apple product. If Apple don't want to sell it in certain markets,
then that's their business.

The point of "monopoly" and "anti-competitive" is when one
business interferes with another business's *ability* to compete. Like MS having
contracts with OEMs that says "you have to buy MS-Dos for every CPU"
so DR-dos has no market. Or putting code in Windows that is intended to make
WordPerfect crash.

If Apple just DON'T WANT to compete in certain markets, that's nothing to do
with monopoly (unless, of course, that desire is down to underhand MS tactics
...).

Cheers,
Wol

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I feel that way too
Authored by: Gringo_ on Sunday, August 12 2012 @ 03:20 PM EDT

I feel that way too, that Apple is a nasty corporate citizen, but I am sorry but I can't buy into your thesis. Your are trying to come as close as you can to calling Apple a monopoly, but they are nowhere close to that. They are just a nasty company, and we don't have to buy their products. Nobody does. I certainly never will.

The danger with your kind of talk is that people want to try to call Google a monopoly, and they'll dance and twist and turn their words to do just that, being cheered on by their sponsor Microsoft. However, no amount of dancing and twisting of words makes Google a monopoly. The competition is only a mouse click away if you don't like Google. Few have anything invested in Google, as they have when they buy a Windows PC. If you do use Google apps, Google makes it very easy for you to pack up your data and take it away. Google takes no prisoners.

If I was to accept your thesis, I would have to accept what Microsoft's friends are saying about Google, and I don't and won't.

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i don't feel that monopoly categorization is that important
Authored by: sumzero on Sunday, August 12 2012 @ 03:52 PM EDT
the reality is that apple don't have to be a monopoly to be
bad corporate citizens and to wreak incredible damage on
many important ecosystems outside of their own walled
garden.

imho, their is over-emphasis on monopolies because of the
myth of free market competition solving all ills related to
market abuse. this just serves to distract from the real
issue, which is abuse of processes like the patent system
and the courts for anti-competitive means.

sum.zero

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48. The best book on programming for the layman is "alice in wonderland"; but
that's because it's the best book on anything for the layman.

alan j perlis

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