"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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