Linked by Thom Holwerda on Thu 14th Mar 2013 10:26 UTC
Google In all honesty, this has taken far longer than I anticipated. Google, the world's largest internet advertising company, has removed several popular ad-blocking tools from the Play Store. While they are technically in the right to do so - they violate the Play Store developer distribution agreement - it's still a bit of a dick move. Luckily, though, unlike some other platforms, you can easily sideload the adblockers onto your Android device.
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RE[2]: Open when it suits you
by BallmerKnowsBest on Thu 14th Mar 2013 20:59 UTC in reply to "RE: Open when it suits you"
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"And while I find this move 100% logical and don't blame them for that, I do blame every other tool prancing around in here waving the open flag only when it suits them, just like Google.

I honestly cannot recall the last time I saw anyone here saying Google was open. Heck, I've never seen it at all, that I can recall.

That's one of the most common arguments from Apple fanboys... or rather it resembles an argument, but without the actual thought process that the word implies. It's more like a collection of self-serving assumptions & talking-points, bolstered by willful ignorance, circular reasoning & confirmation bias - all combined to form a bizarre, Frankenstein-esque parody of a strawman argument.

It goes like this:

Step 1) Start with the self-serving assumption that the ONLY reason to defend Google (EVER) is a naive belief that Google is some kind of altruistic non-profit*.

Step 2) If ANYONE defends Google on ANY topic, then the confirmation bias kicks in & it's immediately assumed that those people are examples of the "only naive FLOSS hippies defend Google" assumption (unfounded assumption on top of unfounded assumption).

Step 3) Now that the strawman has been propped up, it's time to go on the offensive & point out that Google has failed to live up to some standard or other... usually a ridiculously unrealistic standard that Google has never actually held themselves to. Deliberately misinterpreting the "don't be evil" slogan is the most common way of doing that, followed closely by pretending that "open" somehow means "non-profit".

*Amusingly, this is almost identical to a criticism that used to be frequently leveled at Apple advocates in the pre-iOS days: that they blindly swallowed the "Think Different [sic]" kool-aid & naively perceived Apple as some kind of artsy-hippie collective, rather than a multi-national corporation. So not only is it a lazy & desperate tactic, but it's not even original to Apple fanboys.

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