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Re: [News] Microsoft Shills Trying to Block OpenDocument Format Which Catches On

On Sat, 21 Mar 2009 08:35:19 -0400, Ezekiel wrote:

> "Gordon" <gbplinux@xxxxxxxxx> wrote in message
> news:72k49aFqice0U1@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx
>> Roy Schestowitz wrote:
>>> Hash: SHA1
>>> Texas Democrats push ODF standard
>>> ,----[ Quote ]
>>> | The main argument, advanced by a Microsoft lobbyist, is that the
>>> bill is | anti-competitive, and would be "like choosing Betamax over
>>> VHS."
>> But Betamax was BETTER than VHS....
> Not in any way that the consumer could relate to.
> Betamax had a better tape handling mechanism. But that was internal to
> the player so the consumer didn't know or care.
> Betamax had a slightly better quality picture but it wasn't drastic
> enough where the consumer could tell the difference.
> To the consumer VHS was better in areas that actually matter. VHS had a
> longer recording time and VHS players cost less. So to the consumer VHS
> was *BETTER* than Betamax. You can try to convince yourself otherwise
> but 10's of millions of consumers didn't go out and freely buy a worse
> video player.

So because VHS was cheaper than Betamax it is better according to your 
reasoning. Extrapolating further, any Linux distro is cheaper than 
Windows so it follows that Linux is better than Windows.

Thank you for clearing that up for us.

I'm always kind, polite and reasonable....  except when I'm not.

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