[e2e] end of interest
David P. Reed
dpreed at reed.com
Sat Apr 19 12:48:15 PDT 2008
Andrew - hello
Lachlan Andrew wrote:
> AT&T wanted to regulate what
> other people did on AT&T's network, whereas the particular Major
> Company I was referring to is not telling other people what to do. It
> is just refraining from itself deploying technology that it has found
> to give its customers grief (like ECN or Window Scaling packets being
I have no evidence that Major Company always refrains from seeking
competitive advantage by using its power to decide what gets bundled
with its OS and what is certified to go with its OS.
I note that AT&T always *claimed* it was "protecting the network from
harm". And the same argument is often used by the technical experts of
Major Company in explaining why, for example, they have to "break"
compatibility with software products of strong applications competitors,
or why, for example, hardware vendors must NOT include bundled software
alternatives to that provided by Major Company when offering their
products in the marketplace.
It may even be true that there is a serious *risk* of harm. However,
the Major Company is not God, and is not required to protect its
customers from choice and the consequent risks.
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