Linked by Thom Holwerda on Tue 12th Jun 2007 19:46 UTC, submitted by Dale Smoker
Legal Internet search leader Google is trying to convince federal and state authorities that Microsoft's Vista operating system is stifling competition as the high-tech heavyweights wrestle for the allegiance of personal computer users. In a 49-page document filed April 18 with the U.S. Justice Department and state attorneys general, Google alleged that the latest version of Microsoft's Windows operating system impairs the performance of 'desktop search' programs that find data stored on a computer's hard drive. Besides bogging down competing programs, Google alleged Microsoft had made it too complicated to turn off the desktop search feature built into Vista.
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RE[5]: hmmm
by archiesteel on Tue 12th Jun 2007 21:26 UTC in reply to "RE[4]: hmmm"
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The rules *do* change when you find yourself in a near-monopoly siutation. Read up on the Serman Antitrust Act for more details.

In any case, you don't need 90% of the market to "succeed." You just need to be profitable. That's what defines success in a market economy, *not* achieving monopoly. Monopolies are actually bad for free markets, because they skew the "level playing field" which is at the base of a market economy.

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RE[6]: hmmm
by prymitive on Tue 12th Jun 2007 21:45 in reply to "RE[5]: hmmm"
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So I should make my software not too good, because if too many people will use it, someone will start to tell me how I should write it?

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RE[7]: hmmm
by archiesteel on Tue 12th Jun 2007 22:02 in reply to "RE[6]: hmmm"
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No, you should just accept that if you control upwards of 90% of a market, there might be restrictions to what you can do.

In the meantime, you should look up the meaning of "Strawman Argument", because your latest post is an excellent example of this (in addition to being off-topic).

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