"If it is true that breaking up the Redmondites will play
hell with business worldwide to the tune of three hundred billion
dollars, give or take a DaVinci or two - what is the cost of
actually just leaving them alone?"
"Well, if you've ever had an app dump core and take the entire
OS with it, how much does your lost productivity cost you? How
about a repeated reboot, then a reinstall? If you bill hourly, do
you charge your customer for the time it takes to rebuild whatever
it was you were working on? Do you employ an extra IT person just
to take care of reboots and reinstalls? How often do you have to
rebuild the database from back up tapes when your version of Access
leaks memory and corrupts data? At what point do you write off the
(tens of) thousands spent on deploying a M$ product that the ads
and the reps SAID would work for real-time transactions, and
instead just buy Oracle or DB2 to save your job?"
"If your IT department reimages your business machines with a
customized shot of Win2K or whatever and you lose the support
contract values that were included with your new machine at
purchase, is that accounted for in your year-end business losses?
Is there even a category for that kind of loss at the end of the
year? I don't think the IRS has any sympathy for "losses incurred
through software licensing schemes that took you to the cleaners to
the tune of $100 to $350 per occurrance"...although attempting that
kind of claim might be a good way to get audited. Heh."