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Date:      Tue, 16 Nov 1999 20:39:22 -0800
From:      "David Schwartz" <>
To:        "Terry Lambert" <>, "David Scheidt" <>
Cc:        <>, <>, <freebsd-chat@FreeBSD.ORG>
Subject:   RE: Judge: "Gates Was Main Culprit"
Message-ID:  <000001bf30b5$b82c5470$>
In-Reply-To: <>

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> > > 	In fact, that VHS was able to overthrow Beta, the market
> leader, simply
> > > because it was better is proof that market power can't lock
> us into inferior
> > > technologies.
> >
> > No, it only proves that market power won't necessarily "lock us into
> > inferior technologies" not that it can't.  There is a very important
> > difference.
> You guys need to look into the relative merits of these two
> technologies before you argue about them.  Beta is a vastly
> superior technology when compared to VHS,

	How is it superior? Picture quality? If picture quality is so
all-important, why did SuperVHS fail? Actually, VHS is far superior thanks
to the larger cassette allowing longer recording times.

	Both VHS and Beta exceed broadcast quality. And, in fact, in comparisons of
the two formats, about as many reviewers preferred Beta as preferred VHS.

> and "VHS vs. Beta"
> is actually _the_ standard argument put forward during "Why
> The Best Technology Does Not Always Win" discussions.

	Yes, and amusingly, the best standard did win, despite Sony's powerful
marketing and head start in the market.

> The market _did_ in fact lock us into an inferior standard.

	Bullshit. Plain and simple bullshit. This is really an urban legend borne
out of motivational speakers looking for examples. There is no actual
research to back it up, and in back the research points the other way.


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