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

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

"Gordon" <gbplinux@xxxxxxxxx> wrote in message
Roy Schestowitz wrote:
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Texas Democrats push ODF standard

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| The main argument, advanced by a Microsoft lobbyist, is that the
bill is | anti-competitive, and would be "like choosing Betamax over

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.

No, according to his reasoning, whatever advantages Betamax had weren't great enough to justify its higher cost and shorter recording time.

Extrapolating further,

In your false direction.

any Linux distro is cheaper than Windows so it follows that Linux is better than Windows.

Which doesn't follow from what Gordon wrote!

Thank you for clearing that up for us.

You're welcome.

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