Linked by Thom Holwerda on Tue 14th Jun 2011 06:31 UTC
Legal Well, the first of the big patent litigations is over. Since this one involves Apple, the big winner is obviously the highly innovative company from Cupertiono, right? The company from which all others copy, right? Well, no, not exactly. The big winner is Nokia.
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RE[5]: Freaking Hypocrite!
by pantheraleo on Tue 14th Jun 2011 19:59 UTC in reply to "RE[4]: Freaking Hypocrite!"
pantheraleo
Member since:
2007-03-07

I use nuclear power but I don't like the reason why nuclear power was invented.


That's not really a valid analogy. It's a bit like saying you won't fly in airplanes because airplanes can be used to drop bombs.

Nuclear weapons, and the nuclear power plant that produces your electricity are largely completely separated. The same is not true in this case. Apple as a company is definitely not completely separate from its products.

Even if you were very anti-nuclear power, the situation is it exists pretty much doesn't give you any alternative choices except to go without electricity. You can't choose what power company you use. You can, however, choose to buy a different brand of computer, or a different brand of tablet.

Perhaps, SUVs might be a better analogy than nuclear power. I like the roominess, cargo area, and utility that an SUV has. But as an environmentally conscious consumer, I won't buy one because of their impact on the environment. That's probably a more accurate analogy when it comes to buying or not buying Apple products based on your feelings about the company and how it conducts its business.

The two are completely separated. You can like and use the product and hate the way it was created, it's not hypocrite.


If your nuclear power plant's reactors were doubling as breeder reactors to produce plutonium for bombs, then that analogy would be accurate. But since they aren't, it's not.

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RE[6]: Freaking Hypocrite!
by kompak on Tue 14th Jun 2011 20:23 in reply to "RE[5]: Freaking Hypocrite!"
kompak Member since:
2011-06-14

You can't choose what power company you use.


Really? At least in Finland you can buy your electricity from any company you like. You only have to pay transfer fees to the company that owns your local branch of the grid.

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RE[7]: Freaking Hypocrite!
by pantheraleo on Tue 14th Jun 2011 20:30 in reply to "RE[6]: Freaking Hypocrite!"
pantheraleo Member since:
2007-03-07

Really? At least in Finland you can buy your electricity from any company you like.


Doesn't work that way in the United States. Pretty much there is one electrical utility company that serves most areas, and you have to buy it from them. It used to be the same way with phone companies, although phone company deregulation pretty much stopped that. It's now possible to use any phone company you want. But you can't do that with electric companies.

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RE[6]: Freaking Hypocrite!
by JAlexoid on Thu 16th Jun 2011 00:07 in reply to "RE[5]: Freaking Hypocrite!"
JAlexoid Member since:
2009-05-19

It's a bit like saying you won't fly in airplanes because airplanes can be used to drop bombs.

If this is your statement and what you would use as a counter analogy to highlight Thom's hypocrisy, then let me add my own.
I moderately "hate" Microsoft for their business practices. Yet I would buy an XBox360(if I needed a game console). And applied to planes and bombers: I will choose to fly on a Boeing, but I will criticize Boeing as a company. Or I will happily fly on an Airbus, yet hate EADS for supplying fighters to Saudis and bribing them.

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