Linked by Thom Holwerda on Thu 16th Jun 2011 22:50 UTC, submitted by poundsmack
IBM "Today International Business Machines celebrated a relative rarity in the tech business - its one hundredth anniversary. By contrast Google is a mere 12 years old, Apple is 35, Microsoft is 36, and Hewlett-Packard is 72 years old." One of the most important companies in the computer industry. Congratulations, IBM, on to the next century! And we get to use our IBM logo for once. Yay!
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RE[3]: Balance the view
by frajo on Fri 17th Jun 2011 10:40 UTC in reply to "RE[2]: Balance the view"
frajo
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As for the boot analogy, no, I wouldn't sell boots to to a genocidal dictator, its called a moral decision. Much as I won't buy products tested on animals, I avoid IBM hardware and software wherever I have the purchasing decision. That is a moral stance I have taken because I value the victims.

While I very much appreciate a strong moral stance, I can't resist to doubt its integrity. Where do you draw the line when doing purchasing decisions?
Is a government invading a country under false premises and effectively causing the death of hundreds of thousands of innocent people so much better that it doesn't deserve to be "avoided"? (And calling Hitler a "dictator" is somewhat misleading as he had the backing of the larger part of the Germans.)

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