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Jimmy wrote:The point is that you _must_ buy the Word upgrade, if you want to
> Rather than do it through taxes and let the government decide what to
> spend my income on, how about letting me keep the money? Then, if I
> want to get the linux software, or even the Word upgrade, I can do so.
> If I don't want either one of those things, I can spend the money on the
> things I do want.
communicate with other people. That's the negative externality that
Gambit wrote:I have nothing against corporations. But software production has high
> Yes, for sure, but at least it will be public-domain, i.e. owned by
> everybody, not a tentacular corporation.
economies of scale (marginal cost ~0) so again government intervention
may be justified on "natural monopoly" grounds.
tonyp wrote:Hear, hear!
> I'd vote for laws against _stupidity_ though.
SUSUPPLY wrote:Oops. Didn't realize they were out there.
> I hope you're happy Dan, now that you've brought out the planned obsolescence
> Anyway, I decided to run the above past my computer consultant, andTrue. Bill Gates was a convenient personification.
> here is what he had to say:
>what he describes as a Microsoft practice is
> common for this industry.
> I do not know if this practice is a cleverly designed and concealedMe neither. At this point, I suspect the former.
> marketing planned obsolescence tactic, or just the nature of compiling more
> advanced computing programs
People like your economist
> friend have little obvious appreciation for the magnificence of today'sNo, I like what they can do.
> compared even to last year's versionsCorrect. I see little useful improvements at this point.
The basic question is:
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