You're assuming that the cost to make the systems remains constant. I strongly suspect that the materials that vendors like IBM use to make computer systems has dropped just as quickly as the costs of the systems themselves.

R&D costs probably haven't, though.

Booth Martin wrote:
Moore's Law is a big factor with the platform. imho.

In other words, for 50+ years, hardware costs have dropped by 50% every 18 months. All manufacturers have had to double sales every 18 months just to stand still!
If the sales double every 2 years then they are still falling behind. No other industry, so far as I know, has ever faced that dilemma for 50+ plus years running.

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