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Let's do the numbers
Authored by: Anonymous on Thursday, March 07 2013 @ 09:26 PM EST
Agreed. The amount of the fine was nothing more than a SMALL
blip in their cost of doing business.

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Let's do the numbers
Authored by: tiger99 on Friday, March 08 2013 @ 08:19 AM EST
Sadly, I can account for two of the downloads. Well, downloading Firefox or Chrome is not sad, what is sad is that I really had to buy a cheap laptop to be able to update my (Linux-based) TomTom every 3 months, and it broke, so I had to buy another in a hurry. The first must have been near the beginning of the 14 month period, and I am fairly certain that I grumbled about it here. I was hospitalised just after buying the second, so likely did not mention it here, but that must have been close to the end of the 14 month period.

However, the Corrupt Monopoly will not be gaining much from me, as I do not envisage ever needing another Windoze based machine of any kind. If TomTom would be more sensible, I could get rid of Windoze completely. As of now, I need to boot the machine precisely 4 times a year (never more) for map updates.

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36.67 - MS bought non-compliance from the EU Commission
Authored by: Anonymous on Friday, March 08 2013 @ 08:42 AM EST

Going by the numbers provided:

    561 Mil / 15.3 Mil = 36.67
For a paltry 37 Euro per person, MS was allowed to ensure they stayed locked in to IE. Or in the alternative, for those that got on the new Windows released, were potentially re-locked in to IE.

That's easily small enough to be a "cost of doing business".

RAS

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Let's do the numbers
Authored by: Anonymous on Saturday, March 09 2013 @ 09:51 PM EST
This is pretty expensive for user acquisition....

I've heard (will not name source) that Google expects a user
acquisition cost of ~$3 for Chrome and a lifetime user revenue
of ~$20.

Spending $5+ or $35+ (depending on which of the above
calculations you use) is pretty expensive compared to what
Google pays.

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