Linked by Kroc on Thu 30th Aug 2007 13:03 UTC
Editorial I hear often that when something new appears that "competition is good". The primary reasons competition is seen as good, are: it drives down prices; it gives consumers more choice; it pushes technology forward, quicker. Competition is not good because: competition is why consumers have to choose between HD-DVD and BluRay; competition is why DRM exists; and more. In this article, each of the supposed benefits of competition will be looked at in more detail.
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computer start times
by yoshi on Thu 30th Aug 2007 16:21 UTC
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Competition is why in 2007 we have PCs that take longer to start up than 10 years ago. There are endless excuses for why this is; but at the end of the day they're still excuses and not reasons. The reason is that competition has dulled engineering. An Amiga cold-booted in seconds, there was no shutdown - you just switched it off.

Others have already commented on the cluelessness of the article but I would like to address this one point. Computer start times are longer but its also not relevant anymore. No one turns off their laptop or their desktop anymore. Competition and engineering advances have allowed us to keep these things running all the time. Taking your laptop with you? Put in in sleep mode - near instant response when you lift the cover. And thanks to competition and engineering I can do 10 times more with my PC or Mac than I could ever do with my old Amiga.

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