Linked by Thom Holwerda on Fri 13th Jan 2012 22:45 UTC, submitted by bowkota
Google It really hasn't been Google's week. First the entire internet exploded because of some uninteresting nonsense regarding social networking (really internet?), but today something happened that's actually a bad thing and worth talking about: in Kenya, Google has been caught accessing the databases of a competing business, and offering Google's own product to the people in the database. Google has already apologised, and is currently investigating the matter.
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RE[2]: Do no evil
by sbergman27 on Sat 14th Jan 2012 02:10 UTC in reply to "RE: Do no evil"
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Now, wait a minute. Before I respond to you, I would like to make sure that I understand your argument. IIRC, you are saying that Google (a company for which I have high respect) is not to blame. And that we shouldn't worry about having large amounts of valuable private information stored by them, because the *real* problem is that all those damn niggers in Kenya are corrupt.

Did I get that right? If so, I have some objections to your stance.

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RE[3]: Do no evil
by DoctorD on Sat 14th Jan 2012 04:54 in reply to "RE[2]: Do no evil"
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Spin doctor of the day!

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RE[4]: Do no evil
by sbergman27 on Sat 14th Jan 2012 05:07 in reply to "RE[3]: Do no evil"
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*Wow* Spin doctor of the day!

A slight application of hyperbole to make a point. The sky is not falling. But there is reasonable cause for concern. Complacency kills.

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RE[3]: Do no evil
by earksiinni on Mon 16th Jan 2012 04:09 in reply to "RE[2]: Do no evil"
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I know that you probably think that you were being not racist or anti-racist by hyperbolically exposing what you saw as the latent racist intent of the preceding comment with an incredibly offensive and vulgar term, but in fact all you did was unnecessarily add a racial component that had no place whatsoever, neither in the conversation nor in the original poster's point.

As a matter of fact, Kenya is notorious for its endemic corruption at all levels of society and government; JLF65's point was that in a country with a culture of corruption, it is unsurprising that the local operations of foreign multinationals get bound up in that corruption. This is due to the endemic nature of the corruption in the country rather than the corruption of the company itself.

It's so obvious that that's what JLF65 is saying that it really makes me wonder why you are making a link between race and corruption. On the eve of a day (in the U.S., at least) meant to commemorate the memory of a great civil rights leader, maybe it should make you wonder, too.

P.S.: I have some sympathy if you are perhaps not an American or unfamiliar with the implications of that word you used to describe black Kenyans, but you should know that people generally find it not only offensive but personally hurtful whenever its used regardless of the speaker's intent, whether it be ironic or well-intentioned or not.

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