Linked by Thom Holwerda on Wed 4th Apr 2012 22:22 UTC
Google Interesting, if not inherently flawed, article by Farhad Manjoo. "Honan might be right that Google has violated its own definition of evil, but doesn't it matter that every one of its rivals also routinely violates Google's definition of evil?" I say flawed, because I value promises more than anything. Google has done things recently that break their initial promise. That sucks - there's no way around it. I do love Gruber's take, though: "It's not that Google is evil. It's that they're hypocrites. That's the difference between Google and its competitors." In other words, it's perfectly fine to be an evil scumbag company, as long as you're not claiming you're not. That's a rather... Warped view on morality.
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Well...
by CapEnt on Wed 4th Apr 2012 22:40 UTC
CapEnt
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2005-12-18

Its hard not to be evil when you grow too much. You will end up doing small amounts of evil even with the best intentions. The promise that Google made was doomed to be broken.

On the other hand, there is some companies out there who apparently try his best to create a new low in corporate world.

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RE: Well...
by WorknMan on Thu 5th Apr 2012 00:17 in reply to "Well..."
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2005-11-13

Its hard not to be evil when you grow too much. You will end up doing small amounts of evil even with the best intentions. The promise that Google made was doomed to be broken.


This is true. As long as you're a publicly traded company, you can only not be evil for so long, before you have the shareholders on your ass. If it comes down to a choice of being evil or not making more money, guess which one the shareholders are going to demand?

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RE[2]: Well...
by moondevil on Thu 5th Apr 2012 08:17 in reply to "RE: Well..."
moondevil Member since:
2005-07-08

This is quite true.

Somehow people fail to understand that in a capitalist world there are no good or bad companies.

A good company is one that makes the shareholders happy, that is it.

At the end of the day what counts is the quarter report.

A company is only nice for the customers to the extent that happy customers means more money. That is all.

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