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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evangs
Member since:
2005-07-07

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. Don't think that because new computers/OSes do more that that is a reason to take three minutes to shut down. It's an excuse, nothing more.

Kroc, you really really need to work on this point here. Amiga cold booted in seconds. Current PCs cold boot in minutes. How this can be blamed on competition, I do not know.

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Flatland_Spider Member since:
2006-09-01

Because, competition increased the complexity of operating systems. *shakes fist at sky*

If we wouldn't have had competition, operating systems would have stayed at 1984 levels for ever, and we would still be using the more reliable sneakernet rather then this new fangled, untrustworthy Ethernet thing-a-ma-bob. ;)

DOS boots really quickly too, but I wouldn't want to use that as my primary OS. The better example would be QNX, I think. I remember it being super streamlined and quick.

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Kroc Member since:
2005-11-10

Windows won the competition, that market stagnated, and now new competition is fighting back.

It's nice that an Amiga booted in seconds, but we're not all using Amiga's now, despite being superior technology. Competition killed the better technologies in the name of the company who could be the most ruthless, not best.

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helf Member since:
2005-07-06

your post made me crack up. Thanks ;) I needed that.

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