Linked by Thom Holwerda on Mon 29th Mar 2010 09:48 UTC
PDAs, Cellphones, Wireless There are various trains of thought regarding Apple suing HTC, and one of them is that Apple feels threatened by Android's rise in popularity. Some laughed this away, but when you look at recent statistics regarding mobile web usage, it becomes pretty clear Apple has every reason to feel threatened by Google's mobile operating system.
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WereCatf
Member since:
2006-02-15

1) All companies are inhernetly evil.

In other news Thom's world is black-and-white only, and Thom is rather lonely there.

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Thom_Holwerda Member since:
2005-06-29

1) All companies are inhernetly evil.

In other news Thom's world is black-and-white only, and Thom is rather lonely there.


It's all from a philosophical point of view. A company wants to give you as little as possible, for as much of your money as possible. You want to get as much as possible from a company, while paying as little as possible for it.

This means that from a consumer's point of view, companies are evil, because they're trying to accomplish the exact opposite of our own desire.

Of course, the term "evil" is exaggerating, but I use it because of Google's "Don't be evil" thing. I should remember to use quotes.

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majipoor Member since:
2009-01-22

It also means that from the company's point of view, consumer are evil.

As a consumer, I don't see as evil a company which sell me a product I want to have for a price I consider fair or at least acceptable (because as you said, consumers never ever consider a price as fair).

I don't see Apple as evil based on my own definition. It's less clear for Google, because I'm not sure I understand each and every consequence of using their free products (understand privacy issues).

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lm18 Member since:
2010-03-29


It's all from a philosophical point of view. A company wants to give you as little as possible, for as much of your money as possible. You want to get as much as possible from a company, while paying as little as possible for it.

This means that from a consumer's point of view, companies are evil, because they're trying to accomplish the exact opposite of our own desire.

Of course, the term "evil" is exaggerating, but I use it because of Google's "Don't be evil" thing. I should remember to use quotes.


Google doesn't seem to match your definition of evil. I get a lot of use from their products for *no* money. I'm not saying that Google isn't "evil" to some degree, but your definition of evil seems flawed.

Edited 2010-03-29 17:25 UTC

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Bill Shooter of Bul Member since:
2006-07-14

I think that's a perfectly defensible position given your definition of "evil". I would actually use the term "amoral". That is, their actions are not largely dependant upon morals. So they can appear to be "good" or "bad" depending on what happens to make business sense.

But in the sense that the Deivl's greatest trick was convincing the world he didn't exist, yes they are all evil.

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