Originally Posted by Dr Millmoss
This statement is way far overboard. For one thing, the antitrust suit against Microsoft was filed during the Clinton administration. That was quite a bit less than 20 years ago. Antitrust law enforcement was hardly decimated at that time. For another, it's hardly clear that Microsoft buying Bungie was any kind of antitrust law violation. In fact it's nothing more than a fantasy. Finally, we've had several thread full of cranky posts about the FTC's investigating claims against Apple, as though the entire capitalist system is under threat the moment the FTC even looks into a complaint. Sounds like we're experiencing a whole lot of wanting to have it both ways.
I'd suggest that you learn a little bit about antitrust laws. Your post demonstrated conclusively that you don't understand them a bit.
From Bush 1 to present, Antitrust prosecution has gotten steadily weaker - to the point that companies would have to take out a full page ad in the NYT admitting that they had conspired to set prices for any prosecution to occur.
The FTC complaints against Apple are irrelevant:
1. They are only complaints. There's still no evidence that the government would ever prosecute them.
2. They're completely unfounded - since Apple has a low single digit share of mobile phones and a 20 something percent share of smart phones. The entire premise of monopolizing a market with 25% share is absurd. THAT Is why there's so much fuss about the FTC complaints.
Microsoft acquiring Bungie was an entirely different story.
Microsoft had an overwhelming market position which had already been legally declared to be a monopoly and they were already being prosecuted for illegal abuse of that monopoly power. Then, Apple starts doing things right and has a partnership with Bungie that looks like a great step forward for the platform. Microsoft comes in and cuts them off at the knees by buying a key developer and shutting down the Mac version of the software.
If this had occurred 30-40 years ago, the DOJ would have been all over them. But with George ("I don't care what companies do as long as they're making money and contributing to the Republican Party") Bush 2, it was completely ignored - there wasn't even an investigation opened.