Linked by Thom Holwerda on Thu 29th Apr 2010 16:59 UTC
Editorial Holier-than-thou, an adjective, meaning "marked by an air of superior piety or morality". Everybody has moments in their life where they get into a "holier-than-thou" attitude, and I think Steve Jobs' open letter regarding Adobe, and Flash in particular, really fits the bill. There are three specific points I want to address to illustrate just how holier-than-thou, hypocritical, and misleading this letter really is.
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RE[2]: Apple is scary ?
by Neolander on Fri 30th Apr 2010 20:12 UTC in reply to "RE: Apple is scary ?"
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Apple itself scary - nowhere near as much as that there are people out there who believe their lies and fall for the reality distortion field...

Exactly. It would be a lie to tell that Apple are somewhat more evil than other companies, in sense that they do more harm to the computing universe. Let's take microsoft and remember ACPI, OoXML, Internet Explorer 6... Let's take Intel, and their multiple attempts at preventing AMD from selling CPUs to computer manufacturers, in order to get absolute domination. Let's take Google, defensors of free software, with H.264 videos everywhere in youtube and closed-source android apps as the perfect proof of this.

All companies want to make money, regardless of the harm they do. Therefore all powerful companies are dangerous. What makes Apple particularly frightening is that they don't even have to hide themselves like some Microsoft rat. They tell the truth, explain clearly to people how they're going to fsck them, and how much they're proud of it, and people forget that as soon as they read it and say "ooooh... Look at that iTunes integration !" or "oooooh... A computer which can do about nothing is so simpler to use !".

Google can do that, too, to a lesser extent, but they have to be a little smarter. They just have to open up VP8, and open source advocates will completely forget about H.264 everywhere in Youtube. Do little, get great sympathy.


Edited 2010-04-30 20:16 UTC

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