Re: what if microsoft disobeyed the breakup?

From: John Clark (
Date: Mon Jun 12 2000 - 07:48:46 MDT

Matt Gingell <> Wrote:

>Microsoft certainly isn't going to shoot me if I don't buy Windows,
>but in an unregulated market they can make it infeasible to do otherwise.

And in a regulated market there are lots of things regulators will not let you
buy or do, and unlike Microsoft the ultimate consequence of not doing what
the government tell you to do is physical force, however much that is needed
for obedience, up to and including death. They will shoot you.

Question: What would happen if you chose LINUX rather than Windows?
Answer: Nothing.
Question: What would really happen if Microsoft disobeyed the breakup order?
Answer: Blood would flow in the streets.

>Do you find not being able to yell fire in a crowded theater an
>ominous trend?

That cliche originally came from the American jurist Oliver Wendell Holmes
(1841-1935), he used it in one of his decisions that upheld the conviction of
a man imprisoned for saying America should not be in the First World War.
Years later Holmes said it was the worst decision he made in his entire legal
career and he cringed whenever he heard somebody quoting his famous saying.
Personally I don't think anyone should yell anything in a theater, but I see nothing
wrong with giving away pamphlets on the nature of combustion to those who
wanted to read them.

                      John K Clark

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