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Someday, you'll hate Apple (and Google too)

jfruhlinger (470035) writes | more than 6 years ago

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jfruhlinger writes "Think today's world, where Apple is the innovative underdog, Google the company that isn't evil, and Microsoft the evil empire, will last forever? Ah, you must not remember the days when everybody loved that scrappy upstate Bill Gates. Don Reisinger muses on the fickleness of consumer loves and hates."
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Google, yes, Apple, no (1, Insightful)

MikeRT (947531) | more than 6 years ago | (#22851308)

I think that even most Apple fanbois are well aware of what sort of character Steve Jobs has. What redeems Apple is the fact that they generally are very reliable at delivering products that don't suck at a minimum, and products that are very cool in a large minority of cases. If Microsoft frequently performed like that, a lot of people would be very forgiving of their foibles.

Google, on the other hand, is positioning itself to actually be the first company capable of challenging libertarian arguments on privacy and corporate America because of the sheer volume of information they will have on so many millions of people around the world. In many ways, they could end up being one of the most dangerous entities in American history, aside from the theoretical threat to life, liberty and property that the federal government poses by having the largest and most heavily armed body of law enforcement and military in the world.

I think the way to counterbalance these corporations is for more work to be done on open source platform software like compilers, operating systems and server products. As long as the infrastructure is forced open, the ability to do evil is mitigated by the ability of scrappy upstarts to get access to quality tools. To that end, one of the things that I think is vastly underestimate is how much there really needs to be an OSS desktop OS like HaikuOS that gets a lot of support equivalent to what desktop Linux gets.

Re:Google, yes, Apple, no (1)

DaveCBio (659840) | more than 6 years ago | (#22854204)

I've always maintained that if Apple was the dominant PC maker that we would be talking about the Jobs Hegemony and how Apple stifles innovation. I agree with the idea the top dog is the biggest target. Also, if Apple was dominant they would be forcing just as many proprietary standards down people's throats as MS does.

So it was spoken and so it shall be!!! (1)

Hojima (1228978) | more than 6 years ago | (#22853440)

Seriously, predictions can be made about these kind of things, but it's going a bit out of line to say "Microsoft did it, so everyone else will too." I can say that there are plenty of big companies that have been around for years and haven't posed a problem to people, but it can be argued that they never got too big and never had the unyielding power to do harm (though Wallmart is huge, and it only poses a problem to lazy Americans that feel like they need high paying jobs assembling cheap products or need to offer over-priced retail products). So lets just start with the examples you gave. First off, Apple will most likely never work with Microsoft, who offers shit competition with products, but run circles around them with cheap marketing tricks (the reason people hate them). If Macintosh suddenly switches tactics, they're doomed. So its pretty ironic that you mention this, because they're maintained by the "evil" corporation. Second, Google isn't a threat to privacy, the government is (and they're already hated). Google has already fought for your privacy in court, and they'll do it again (or so help them their stocks will drop so fast they couldn't buy a hooker with it). Once again, their integrity is forcefully maintained by the real "evil". Not even this information is enough to really predict what will happen. This is just a counter-argument, any situation can occur to shift the results either way. In order to really come to a conclusion, you'd have to research this stuff for quite some time (and then some).
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