Linked by Thom Holwerda on Fri 17th Feb 2006 12:41 UTC, submitted by jayson.knight
Windows "Microsoft recently made a change to the licence agreement saying that a new motherboard is equal to a new computer, hence you need to purchase a new Windows licence. Here is what Microsoft has to say: "An upgrade of the motherboard is considered to result in a 'new personal computer' to which Microsoft OEM operating system software cannot be transferred from another computer. If the motherboard is upgraded or replaced for reasons other than a defect, then a new computer has been created and the license of new operating system software is required." Please note that this does not go for retail copies of Windows, but only for OEM versions.
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RE: Monopolist, monopolistic power
by rattaro on Sun 19th Feb 2006 07:30 UTC in reply to "Monopolist, monopolistic power"
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>There is a vast difference between "monopoly" and "monopolistic power". The prior means single seller (by comparison, monopsony means single buyer). The latter means it is seen to have market powers akin to a monopoly - and it is defined by competition law.

I don't really agree with you here. "Monopoly" is a theoretical idea. In reality, true monopolies cannot really exist, any more than a perfect circle can exist. "Monopolistic power" is the closest you can get to it in real life, and that's what free societies, in theory, hope to avoid. When people refer to "monopolies," they are ALWAYS referring to companies with "monopolistic power."

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