Originally Posted by Rahza
I just don't understand what the EU's problem is!
For example, you don't tell a car company to remove the steering wheel from their cars, just because it isn't fair for companies that make steering wheels solely?
This whole affair is just laughable. If this continues we will have to buy stuff in seperate parts and solder them together ourselfs. Nice future prospect. But atleast all companies have "fair competition".
I can't believe that I seriously need to remind people of this, but, here we go.
Ok, let's say that there is a company that, in Europe, sells about 95% of the controls that are used for automobiles. That company's (let's call it "Macrofirm") controls come with a joystick that the driver uses to control steering.
Along comes a company (let's call it "Grosspoint") starts selling this cool steering wheel that plugs into a Macrofirm control and allows you to steer the car with it instead of the joystick, if you wish. There are a lot of people who really like this idea; many people start buying Grosspoint steering wheels.
Suddenly, Macrofirm comes out with a new version of the controls, but they also allow you to add a steering wheel that they manufacture to replace the joystick. However, they add the steering wheel for no additional cost to their controls.
Since they have 95% of the market for auto controls, almost every control that is purchased is from Macrofirm. Their customers are very, very unlikely to pay extra for a Grosspoint steering wheel. Grosspoint complains to the authorities, saying that Macrofirm is using their control of the marketplace to kick Grosspoint out. Macrofirm is already operating under an agreement (agreement = they agree) to not use their market position to add features to their controls that other companies make, as they have done this very thing before. But rather than admit that they broke their agreement, they resist any sanction, they insist that they cannot sell a version of their controls without a steering wheel, despite the fact that plenty of experts show that it's quite possible to sell these controls without a Macrofirm steering wheel. Well, they lose their case, lose their appeals, and then, when their penalty is given to them - they must release to potential makers of other controls that could plug into the system exactly how pieces of it interact, so that they can create other pieces, to replace brakes, say, or gear shifters, and they must allow their customers to offer other steering wheels from other companies rather than just their own, as well as selling a version of the controls without the steering wheel - well, Macrofirm drags their heels on this as well.
(You can also replace Macrofirm and Grosspoint with BU&U and NDJ for another US example of this.)
what the EU's problem is. When you break regulations, break consent agreements, receive punishment for it, but delay taking the punishment, these are the consequences that you face.
And, yes, the Windows Mobile thing is dumb. But it's not like Microsoft has not earned these sanctions. They tried awfully hard to avoid punishment, stupidly, and they continue to pay the price.