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Comment Re: Plutocracy (Score 1) 336

Home market, maybe, but both Xerox and IBM tried to sell low-end business computers (without much luck, at least at first), in the part because the micro upstarts were undercutting them on price. Thus, they did see a market for desktop biz and education computers.

And there is some evidence IBM's anti-trust lawsuits affected its behavior concerning how it competed in desktops.

Comment Re:So, the gist of it is... (Score 1) 154

[burner phones]...Load them up with tantalizing information that wastes a ton of investigation time...Emails about stuff supposedly buried in parks, or sunk in lakes at specific GPS coordinates. Treasure-map fantasies

"Bob, that was slick how you snuck tiny chips with Snowden's current address in Trumpo's hair."

Comment Re:Intel creates tether (Score 1) 8

seeing their profits go bye-bye in an IoT world

The demand for computers of ALL sizes is growing. Desktop PC sales may be flat, but server demand is growing, and x86 is still the best server chip.

However, the ARM architecture & licensing terms have largely democratized CPU manufacturing such that Intel does have more competition biting at their heels.

If there is a market for "big iron" AI servers, Intel wants to be part of it.

Comment Re:Plutocracy (Score 1) 336

This is a group of people who are STILL fighting net neutrality. They want to be subjugated by corporate overlords.

Often they believe "the market will somehow find a way". The microcomputer making the IBM monopoly irrelevant is one example. However, that could take decades or more to play out. Big oligopolies collude to squash or buy away any little company that threatens their empires.

One of the reasons IBM didn't squash the microcomputer market is that they were already under legal pressure for their monopoly. Thus, government oversight helped spark the microcomputer revolution.

If they were left to be, they probably would have squashed Apple, Tandy, Commodore, etc. using patent lawsuits and product flooding. (The patent lawsuits don't have to be valid to be damaging. They merely have to slow down, drain resources, and hurt the stock of the smaller guy.)

I believe in the power competition, but oligopolies often squash it.

Comment Re:Plutocracy (Score 1) 336

All systems of government decay into plutocracies over time.

I'd shorten that to "All systems of government decay". All countries and empires eventually fall one way or another, based on history (invaders, corruption, in-fighting, apathy, etc.). That doesn't mean we should at least TRY to delay the inevitable.

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