__/ [www.1-script.com] on Tuesday 22 November 2005 06:26 \__
> Roy Schestowitz wrote:
>> Unless Google take over Mozilla (which is not possible), it is as if
>> they pay people to ditch their competitor (Microsoft's Internet Explorer).
>> As the two stories above show, somebody ought to govern it all.
> Hey Roy, I think you missed the part "with Google Toolbar". Even if they
> are trying to ditch IE, no lawyer smart enough (which they can afford now)
> is going to miss the opportunity to say "we are just promoting our
Well spotted, but, but, but...
...the defence always sounds reasonable when it poses things in a more
convenient way -- the way that suits it. Bear in mind that not all compa-
nies have the power to pay publishers through accounts (in this case,
AdWord/Sense). /Rewarding/ people is probably what makes the exception.
Amazon give discounts, also to those using the A9 search engine, but imag-
ine a world where you get paid merely to follow a route. This sounds be-
nign, but it can lead to circularity that strengthens monopolies. You
abide by a company's desire and, in return, they reward you as long as
they cash in.
Think of Windows and Media Player. Windows XP N (without media player) was
recently released, but large companies refuse to embrace it. Microsoft
would say that all they did was implement yet another media player and de-
cided to bundle it along with their operating system. The matter of fact
is that owing to their holdings in the O/S market, they can easily pene-
trate and dominate media. This is anti-competitive and the Eurepean Com-
mission saw through. Software is duplicable so legal observance must be
changed. Microsoft's lawyers could always come up with reasonable argu-
ments off their sleeves. Look at the headlines today and discover that Mi-
crosoft /say/ they would open up their Office format. Whatever that prac-
tically means, we are yet to see. You can never defend the 20-year-old
vendor lock-in. Google centralise information, but they never encrypt it,
thus gain ownership.
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