When did Microsoft ever prevent users from installing and using other browsers? Or even actively inhibit (whatever that means) competing products?
They did their best to destroy Netscape by simply giving away a fee web browser with their OS.
The labor rules "employers" are subject to, make employee choice next to impossible to allow. You cannot as an employer allow someone to work 10 hours one week then 45 the next if you are obligated to provide them with health insurance, and sick pay.
Where in the US are employers required to provide sick pay or health insurance, other than federal contractors? And sick leave for workers with flexible hours is simple. You accrue a set fraction of a hour for each hour worked. A similar compensation could be worked out for health insurance as well.
Admittedly, the salary range for both of these professions is wide, but on average a general practitioner makes double what a plumbers does.
Last I looked plumbers still make more than doctors.
I keep hearing this, but all the data I can find does plumbers making on average ~$60k and general practitioners ~$140k.
They won't do this.
And how the he'll did I present anything as a binary choice by asking a question. I wasn't presenting or dismissing anything, I was attempting to clarify that the previous poster truly believed that certain majors had no social value.
In 1750 Issac Newton became discouraged when he fell up a flight of stairs.