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LinuxPlanet: Rant Mode Equals One: The Numbers Don't Add Up

Feb 28, 2000, 16:29 (7 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Paul Ferris)

"Is it impractical for the government to even consider the break-up of Microsoft? Yes, according to Stan Liebowitz, an economist who claims that the cost of such a break-up would likely be in the order of $30,000,000,000. To wit:"

"The study, authored by Professor Stan Liebowitz of the University of Texas at Dallas and presented today by the Association for Competitive Technology (ACT), specifically addresses recent papers that claim there would be no costs associated with a Windows breakup. Professor Liebowitz' paper uses real-world, fact-based examples from the high-tech marketplace to support his conclusion that breaking Windows into competing versions will result in consumers seeing fewer choices and higher prices for software."

"Gee, isn't that special. I think I'd like to ask Dr. Liebowitz to define the words "fact-based" and "real-world" for me. Maybe it will help explain the holes in his arguments. Let's look closely: more competition means fewer choices? Last I checked adding one to another number results in a higher number, not a lower one. When there are more choices for a product, the prices usually come down, not rise."

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