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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.

You can thank the porn industry in part for VHS winning.

When these machines came out, video rental stores sprung up all over the
place in part because people wanted to be able to view porn in the privacy
of their own homes.
Remember back then if you wanted to look at that stuff it was either get a
home movie projector or go to some sleazy theater with sticky seats.

The fact that the VHS tapes had a greater "length" to them, and the fact we
all know in the porn industry "size matters", that end of the business
adopted VHS.

The rest is history...

I saw this on one of the Discovery shows about the 70's.

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