Linked by Dmitrij D. Czarkoff on Fri 31st Aug 2007 08:54 UTC
Editorial This article is an answer to "Competition Is Not Good" by Kroc and reading it wouldn't be comfortable without switching to and from the original article. I wrote it just because I do strongly disagree with Kroc and I believe I can prove that he is not as close to truth as it may seem from the first glance.
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by superstoned on Fri 31st Aug 2007 09:44 UTC
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I think next time someone submits articles like these, they should consider having a look at some economy magazines (at least) or better, scientific research. common sense is nice and lovely and all, but there is a history of hundreds of years of research on this - it's pretty stupid to ignore all that. And you can argue all you want, history and science beg to differ.

BTW - of course I do agree more with the current article compared to the other one, as this one is much more in tune with science. But it's again based on some not-really-valid arguments, instead of just pointing to/quoting from quality literature (and even Wikipedia's economy articles would be useful for that). I love to discuss the new look of Mac OS X that way, but not economy, sorry. lovely for a blog, sure, but a news site shouldn't post stuff like this. It doesn't help anybody.

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by korpenkraxar on Fri 31st Aug 2007 10:30 in reply to "sssh"
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Agreed! It would be nice to have real scholar and journalist commenting these ideas and pointing to a variety of empirical cases. My guess is that the truth varies from case to case.

Speaking as yet an other amateur, my gut feeling is that competition may potentially be problematic when important infrastructure standards are to be implemented, as perhaps necessity is a more important driving factor. Being able to reach an agreement enables business and a playing ground for competition. Maybe looking into the history of important projects like NMT/GSM, TCP/IP, HTML and POSIX to name a few could provide some insight.

Finally, "successful" competition assumes that consumers are well educated and that sellers are able to compete by the actual merits of their products, which I think is very seldom the case. See for instance the recent OOXML SIS/ISO voting debacle in Sweden where Microsoft seems to have bought the preliminary outcome.

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by ddc_ on Fri 31st Aug 2007 11:29 in reply to "sssh"
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Could You please draw any examples? 'Cause I belive to be some way familiar with economics, and I believe my arguments to be valid.

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by superstoned on Fri 31st Aug 2007 12:43 in reply to "RE: sssh"
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Yes, your arguments are a lot better than those other ones, though I haven't looked at them in detail - sorry, but I don't really have time for that (I'm posting too much about KDE 4 ;-) )

My point is more that this isn't really the place for this, and secondly, I only would read it if it had a proper list of literature on bottom... EG I've studied Economy more or less as minor (doesn't work that way in the Netherlands but it's close) and I just prefer scientific literature.

And I don't even want to offend the both of you (no matter how funny that would be hehe) - it's more about the place and way, not the actual articles.

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