CUSTOMER: Hi, I’m living in Europe and I just heard that we’re going to have to pay more for the next version of Nifty Doorways than you Americans are. Is that true?
ALEX: Yes, I’m afraid it is. Given current conversion rates it could be anywhere from 40% more expensive to twice as expensive.
CUSTOMER: You know, that seems a little unfair.
ALEX: It’s a complicated situation.
ALEX: You see, the European Union has decreed that we’ve been acting in an “Anticompetitive Manner” by bundling our browser, Internet Conquistador, with our operating system. In order to satisfy the regulators we’re shipping a version with no browser. We actually went in and untangled IC from the inner workings of the operating system.
CUSTOMER: What does that have to do with the price?
ALEX: Well it was a lot of work, and it really pissed us off.